Today I am reviewing on its publication day Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott, published by Thomas and Mercer.
In a modern and twisty retelling of Jane Eyre, a young woman must question everything she thinks she knows about love, loyalty, and murder.
Jane has lost everything: job, mother, relationship, even her home. A friend calls to offer an unusual deal—a cottage above the crashing surf of Big Sur on the estate of his employer, Evan Rochester. In return, Jane will tutor his teenage daughter. She accepts.
But nothing is quite as it seems at the Rochester estate. Though he’s been accused of murdering his glamorous and troubled wife, Evan Rochester insists she drowned herself. Jane is skeptical, but she still finds herself falling for the brilliant and secretive entrepreneur and growing close to his daughter.
And yet her deepening feelings for Evan can’t disguise dark suspicions aroused when a ghostly presence repeatedly appears in the night’s mist and fog. Jane embarks on an intense search for answers and uncovers evidence that soon puts Evan’s innocence into question. She’s determined to discover what really happened that fateful night, but what will the truth cost her?
This book had me at its description of “a modern and twisty retelling of Jane Eyre“. I love Jane Eyre so my curiosity was piqued when I came across Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost. I do have to admit though I was nervous going in. It’s a bold move for any author to retell a classic masterpiece, but I’m pleased to say that Lindsay Marcott’s interpretation does it justice.
The story channels most of the original classic, while putting a unique modern spin on it. I was pleased when reading this that Marcott kept to its gothic and haunting vibe which I loved so much in Brontë’s. Although not set in the atmospheric Yorkshire Moors, It’s setting on the misty California coast still works and is well suited to this interpretation.
The cast of characters are complex, flawed, well crafted and have been brought to life beautifully. The standout for me was Beatrice and when the perspective was told from her viewpoint, these were the parts that I enjoyed the most.
Lindsay Marcott is a new author to me and is now on my radar. I had an instant connection with her style of writing and look forward to reading more from her. If you have always wanted to read Jane Eyre but could not read Charlotte Brontë’s version, I highly recommend you reading Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost.
Thank you to Lindsay Marcott, Thomas and Mercer and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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