Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek by Anthony O’Neill @bwpublishing

36063016

Author : Anthony O’Neill
Title : Dr. Hyde and Mr. Seek
Pages : 256
Publisher : Black & White Publishing
Publication date : September 1, 2017

aboutthebook

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.

mythoughts

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!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

  15 comments for “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek by Anthony O’Neill @bwpublishing

  1. September 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Great review! Love that cover and that first line!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. September 1, 2017 at 10:52 am

    This sounds so good!!! It went straight onto my Need to read soon pile. Thank you 😁

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      That’s fantastic! I’m so glad to hear that! I hope you enjoy it when you get to reading it!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. September 1, 2017 at 10:56 am

    This sounds just like my cup of tea 😀 Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      I hope you like it when you get around to reading it, Stuart!

      Like

  4. Karen
    September 1, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Great review, this one has kind of passed me by although I do love that cover. Will be adding this to the book mountain!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      I fully intend on buying a copy when my self-imposed book buying ban is over. It’ll look so fabulous on a bookshelf!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. September 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Great review, this sounds right up my street. Added to my wishlist.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      It’s the best of both worlds in a way. A mystery with some crime in it set in the 1800’s. What’s not to like?

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Jo
    September 1, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I do also love that cover. I have to admit that I want immediately taken with the premise – sometimes I think that a story should be left alone, but I’m more open to it, having read your review 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      I think, like I said in my review, that the original left this option open and it was dealt with sympathetically. Although I have now seen reviews where people aren’t quite happy with a certain character’s development. I wouldn’t know as I read the original so long ago that I can barely remember 😂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jo
        September 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

        It’s true, although I think that I liked the ambiguity of the original, but I can see how it would be tempting to explore what happened next. I’ll be honest, it’s a while since I’ve read it too!

        Like

  7. September 1, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Fabulous review! My interest is piqued with this one. It sounds right up my alley. Although I do understand about wanting more closure. I have encountered plenty of books that left me needing more.

    Like

  8. September 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    This sounds a really clever idea. I have added it to the list!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: