Theodora Goss is a master storyteller.
This book wove together several different themes in a unique and intriguing way that had be gripped from the first page.
The main character is Mary Jekyll whose mother has just died, succumbing the madness. Her father, Dr Jekyll died several years ago and unfortunately his fortune disappeared with his death. Mary must now find her way alone in the world of Victorian London.
Yet everything is not as it seems. She discovers an unknown bank account set up by her mother. Papers of her father’s indicating strange experiments and a secret organisation.
As Mary starts to unravel the mystery she is drawn into one much larger. Her father may not be dead, but instead transformed into the murderer Mr Hyde. A secret sister she never knew and friends, young ladies, experiment on by their fathers and creators in the name of science.
In the background, a series of gruesome murders are occurring to ladies of the night across London.
With the help of these new friends and Sherlock Holmes Mary delves into this world of adventure, murderers and monsters. Together they track down those responsible and some questions are answers, while yet more are added.
I absolutely adored this book. All the characters were unique and beautifully written. Sherlock Holmes only plays an ancillary role to the tale, rather than dominate. Here we find a group of young women from all walks of life brought together in sisterhood. Together they make a formidable team.
The world Theodora Goss creates is both believable and familiar. She uses old tales of monsters to create a unique cast of characters. Every chapter draws you in more to the story and I couldn’t wait to reach to end and learn all I could of these fascinating women.
I am very pleased to hear that this will be a series of books and the second is due out in 2018. It is one I will definitely be reading next year.
This is one to add to your reading list.
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