Book Reviews

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek Book Review #5

Author: Anthony O’Neill

Publishing House: Skyhorse Publishing

“In this dark, atmospheric sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic, the strange case continues with the return of Dr. Jekyll . . .
Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr. Henry Jekyll. Only Mr. Utterson, Jekyll’s faithful lawyer and confidant, knows that he must be an impostor—because Jekyll was Hyde.
But as the man goes about charming Jekyll’s friends and reclaiming the estate, and as the bodies of potential challengers start piling up, Utterson is left fearing for his life . . . and questioning his own sanity.”

“We are all Jekylls, yea, but equally we are all Hydes.”

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I found this book on Netgalley and was intrigued to see someone had written a sequel/ode to Jekyll and Hyde story, but I was pleasantly surprised, this book was very slow to start and we follow Mr. Utterson and his journey through the seventh year since Dr. Jekyll’s disappearance, and we watch his descent into paranoia and madness.

I struggled with the first half of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek, it read like fan fiction, a really good fan fiction, but still fan fiction. The start was slow and I wasn’t hooked by the plot at first but it was the last 4/5 chapters I started to really enjoy the premise but it was over before, I felt, it had begun.Whilst reading the last chapter, the perspective we are given takes a lot of the action away from the context. I know I am not a fan of classics which may be why I didn’t appreciate the pace of this one, but this was written beautifully. It could easily have been written by Robert Louis Stevenson, the similarities in language, in format and the story falls wonderfully in line with the original. I would read this again, beautifully written if a little slow paced.

I was sent/given this book by Skyhorse Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of a review.

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