“I would mock anyone who whines about their situation yet can’t summon the bollocks to fight for who and what they want.”
Finley Jayne knows she’s not ‘normal’. Normal girls don’t lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she’s offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience.
Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…
This novella is a prequel to The Girl in the Steel Corset of the Steampunk Chronicles series. I thought I made a mistake of reading The Girl in the Steel Corset first before this novella. But after finishing this I’m glad I start with the first novel. This prequel is more on character introduction and doesn’t offer much background or world building. Having read The Girl in the Steel Corset, I am more familiar with the world which makes me appreciate this novella more.
In this book we are introduced to Finley Jayne, the main character to the Steampunk Chronicles. Finley Jane is different, there is something in her that she doesn’t fully understand but she knows she not like any common girl. When she lost her job because she punched a governess, in defense of a child she is immediately hired by Lady Morton as a companion for its daughter’s Phoebe. Phoebe is set to marry Lord Vincent, a man who is like a mad scientist and Lady Morton wants Finley to watch over Phoebe and find out the mystery behind Lord Vincent.
The author did a great job in establishing Finley Jayne’s character to be more likeable. In The Girl in the Steel Corset we see how the darker side of Finley takes residency and her struggles to keep control. In here we got a more subtle version of Finley’s dark side as she discover her strange ability. Finley is more innocent and soft-hearted. She is willing to do anything to protect the people she cares.
There weren’t many threads connecting this to the story of The Girl in the Steel Corset as I expected. Aside from a few near-miss encounters with Griffin, this novel stand on its own. It could actually be made as a whole novel instead of a prequel novella. The foreshadowing using the book Frankenstein was way too heavy-handed, it reveals too much of the supposed to be mystery. It doesn’t take a genius to guess right then and there what Lord Vincent plans. Maybe without the limitations of the pages the author can make the story more developed and prolong the suspense.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is a fairly quick read. It is complete story with its own plot, arc and characters. It is a nice glimpse of Finley Jane’s past before she appear in The Girl in the Steel Corset. This is a must read for those who will read and for those who had already read The Girl In The Steel Corset.