A hauntingly romantic paranormal Jane Eyre reimagining, by the author of Phantom Heart!
Eighteen-year-old Jane Reye is a psychic artist. She draws what she sees, and what she sees are spirits and the supernatural. Growing up orphaned, she’s now of legal age and can no longer return to the girls' school she’s called home for most of her life. Lost and alone after the death of her lifelong friend, she receives an invitation to partake in a study at the English manor Fairfax Hall: an investigation of the property that requires her specific area of expertise. Upon arrival, Jane understands this will be no ordinary study when she meets Elias Thornfield, the elusive proprietor of the estate, a boy her age, roguishly handsome, who dons a mysterious eye patch. During the study it becomes clear that something is amiss—something having to do with Elias and the spiritual activity taking place around the manor. Turning to her art to unravel the mystery, Jane is shocked to find that her talents—and her growing affection for Elias—could be the key to saving him from a horrible fate.
Creagh (Nevermore) solidly straddles the line between moody gothic romance and bleak work of horror in this paranormal retelling of Jane Eyre. Eighteen-year-old psychic artist Jane can detect the presence of spirits using charcoal pencils and her sketch pad. After leaving the unpleasant girls' foster home she was raised in, she accepts a job to help expunge "oppressive forces" from Fairfax Hall in Derbyshire. Unbeknownst to Jane, she is also being stalked by a demonic horned being that follows her to Fairfax. At the eerily familiar estate, she meets two other hires: Giovanni, a flirt who perceives insights via touch, and Ingrid, a tarot card reader. When the three psychics encounter brooding teenager Elias, their eyepatch-wearing employer, Jane feels an immediate attraction to him. Meanwhile, the demon continues stalking Jane, complicating her investigation into Fairfax Hall's evil spirits. While a love triangle between Jane, Giovanni, and Elias feels forced, the narrative's intense and appropriately grim atmosphere is brightened by ebullient writing—Elias is described as "Mr. Darcy with a splash of Dr. Frankenstein"—and a smartly climactic resolution stays true to the inspiration material's roots. The cast largely cues as white. Ages 12–up.