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…
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is a prequel short story to a series known as the Steampunk Chronicles (The first two books being The Girl in the Steel Corset and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar – neither of which I have read yet.) by author Kady Cross.
Upon first read, I thought the title of the short story to be somewhat misleading as I believed it was referring to the mystery she was determined to solve. I then realized that it also referred to Finley herself and the “strange changes” she’s been going through. None of which are explained in this story. Naturally this means that I want to read the series to find out what is causing these things to occur.
The short story was a quick and enjoyable read even if it was somewhat predictable. It introduces the reader to a very determined and quick witted young girl that is going through some changes she does not understand. The backdrop for this story is pure Steampunk – Victorian dress and etiquette mixed with Industrial ideas. All at once modern yet not. The mixture of real and automatons is quite interesting and Kady mixes the two well.
Over all if you are looking for a short introduction to the genre of Steampunk writing, give The Strange Case of Finley Jayne a read.