I did enjoy this, however I'm not sure if that's because the book is good or because I like the original so much.
First, I need to get this off of my chest: as hot as Mr Rathburn is, he ain't no Mr Rochester. Nope. Uh uh. Mr Rochester, your creepy self remains safe near the top of my literary crushes. And who the heck, apart from Nico Rathburn, keeps condoms in silk-lined mahogany boxes? Dude, just no. That'd ruin the moment for me way more than seeing a condom box. However, I must congratulate the book on actually having sex in it. I was kind of worried as to how Lindner was going to approach the whole thing considering a) it is set now, b)Jane is 19 years old (nothing wrong with not having sex at 19 I hasten to add) and c) Rathburn is twice her age or so. I was hoping she wasn't going to go the `I want to save myself for marriage' route. Again, there's nothing wrong with that but Jane didn't come across as thinking that to me.
Anyway, back on track. Like I said above, I don't know if I like this book because I like the original so much. Some things worked for me and other things didn't.
Take Jane herself, for instance. I liked her here far more than I did in the original. Don't get me wrong, she's still quiet and as dull as dishwater but she's not broody and over-analytical about things. That's what always annoyed be about Jane Eyre, she did not shut up sometimes. Quell that internal monologue, woman. The Jane here accepts things and moves on. The Jane then, eh, not so much.
Also, the writing totally worked for me. We thankfully get to skip Jane Eyre's never-ending childhood and that trip across the moors (I did like the original book, honest!). I feel this is what Jane Eyre could have been with the removal of all the guff that bogged the plot down.
To the negatives, though. In Jane Eyre, Rochester keeps his mad wife locked in the attic. In those times, fair enough, I can get behind and believe that. However, Rathburn does exactly the same to his wife. In our time. Why? Because apparently all mental institutions and psychiatric hospitals are awful. Rathburn has millions of dollars, surely he would be able to find his poor wife the help she needs, and in a place worthy of his judgement, whilst keeping the gossip rags off the story to boot. You would think so. He evidently did not.
Final thing: I know this is a retelling of the original story but did so much of it need to be copy pasted into Jane? I liked the writing a lot when it wasn't quoting practically verbatim sections of Jane Eyre. A bit more originality wouldn't have gone amiss.
I can see people loving, hating and merely liking this book and the reasons why. It depends how you feel about the original and how you feel about retellings. Thankfully, unlike certain others, this contains no zombies or sea monsters. I can also see people who found Jane Eyre too much of a slog to read zipping through this one quickly.