Author : Anthony O’Neill
Title : Dr. Hyde and Mr. Seek
Pages : 256
Publisher : Black & White Publishing
Publication date : September 1, 2017
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 his estate, and as the bodies of potential challengers start piling up, Utterson is left fearing for his life … and questioning his own sanity.
Sometimes you just decide to read a book because you fell in love with the cover.
I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Even if you’ve never read the original novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, you undoubtedly know the gist of it. And in case you really don’t, there’s no need to worry as things are explained quite brilliantly without breaking the flow of the story.
If he be Mr Hyde, I shall be Mr Seek
Seven years ago, Edward Hyde died and Dr. Jekyll went missing. A mere week before Dr. Jekyll will be officially declared dead and his trusted friend and lawyer, Gabriel Utterson, will inherit his belongings, a gentleman shows up claiming to be Dr. Jekyll. Only Mr. Utterson knows this man can only be an impostor but proving it is an entirely different matter.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde compliments the original novella beautifully. It seems like quite a brave thing to do, to pick a classic and decide to write a sequel. They are always so hard to do right, especially by another author. The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde lends itself to it though and the language and the setting made it feel as if it was deliberately written in those days. It’s delightfully atmospheric from the very first sentence.
A sulphurous yellow fog, so thick it muffled the chimes of the Sunday church bells, had fastened overnight to London and refused to be dislodged by even the stiffest of breezes.
And with little details like someone knocking on a door with a cane or the mention of chimney sweeps, I was immediately transported back to that era. The story is quite dark, gritty and depressing and I’m not entirely sure I liked the ending. Having followed Mr. Utterson on his journey and to have him suddenly replaced by another narrator at the end didn’t sit well with me. There are also questions that remain unanswered, where I might have preferred some closure.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed this trip back in time and the author’s writing style. This is a beautifully written mystery full of intrigue and I think it has every reason to stand proudly on the bookshelf next to the original.
Many thanks to Black & White Publishing for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek is published today!