I loved the idea of this book, and for the most part I liked this book. But overall, I was underwhelmed.
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics, and I loved seeing the dark inspiration in this novel. Jane constantly called wicked by her aunt and schoolmaster, which is truly accurate. By 30% in this book, she had killed 4 people, and does not feel any remorse about it (to be fair, they were all horrible people). As Jane says, she and Death become good friends.
I can’t exactly pinpoint what about this I didn’t care for–I liked this book, and yet it seemed to take forever to get through. Part of it, I think, was that I found the writing overly flowery at times.
We do not meet Mr. Thornfield until close to halfway through the book, and this I think was one point that I didn’t care for. His introduction/character seemed overly done, though he improves as the story goes on.
This is one book that I think I need to reread, because there was just something about it that I didn’t connect with during this first read of it.