by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
HarperTeen, 2018, 450 pages, Young Adult
You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester--and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she? Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
If you’ve already read My Lady Jane by the same authors, you know that they love to take well-known stories and turn them on their heads by adding a bit of fantasy, interesting characters, and plenty of wit. This time, instead of telling a story from history, they revise Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, reimagined so that Jane can see ghosts and the head of a ghost-hunting team is trying to recruit her. This hilarious book is a great addition to the series, and it will be adored by anyone who enjoys books like Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair or William Goldman’s The Princess Bride.