Release date - 1st September 2017
Book length - 256 pages
Publisher - blackandwhitepublishing.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Continues...
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.
This brilliantly imagined and beautifully written sequel to one of literature’s greatest masterpieces perfectly complements the original work. And where the original was concerned with the duality of man, this sequel deals with the possibility of identity theft of the most audacious kind. Can it really be that this man who looks and acts so precisely like Dr Henry Jekyll is an imposter?
Anyone who knows me knows that I love my classics and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the best. So when I discovered that some brave author was taking on the task of writing a sequel, I was more than intrigued. And then I saw the cover which words cannot do justice - it is just that captivating. So how did the story fare when its predecessor was surely a masterpiece? Here are my thoughts on the intriguing DR. JEKYLL AND MR. SEEK by Anthony O'Neill:
Seven years ago, Edward Hyde was discovered dead and Dr Jekyll mysteriously disappeared out of sight. Only Jekyll's close friend, Mr Utterson understood that his beloved friend was dead too, as Jekyll and Hyde were one and the same. Finding himself the sole beneficiary of Jekyll's estate, Utterson let seven years pass by and was preparing to take possession of his inheritance in the hopes that it would transform his life for the better, with a woman who has always held his affection. But when an imposter arrives claiming to be Jekyll returned in the flesh, Utterson is the only person who knows that this man must be a fraud, a criminal with nefarious plans, and as people who knew the real doctor begin to have fatal accidents, Utterson is determined to unmask this murderer for who he truly is, even if he must change himself to do it.
But when everyone else in society accepts and welcomes Jekyll back into the fold, can Utterson be sure that he can trust himself?
Taking on a classic written in such a different time period where the language and style were so different from the society that we live and write in today, is a huge undertaking and I must doff my hat to Mr O'Neill, as the story seamlessly continued from the original and I was transported back in time. The story is energetic, consuming, and exciting and I enjoyed seeing the mystery unfold from Utterson's point of view as he tried to build his case against the imposter. DR. JEKYLL AND MR. SEEK by Anthony O'Neill is an intriguing and contemplative story about friendship, desperation, and the thirst for the truth, and while the ending did leave me with some unanswered questions, overall I enjoyed this sequel very much.
Anthony O’Neill is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. He was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of Scheherazade, a revisionist Arabian Nights epic; The Lamplighter, a psychological horror novel set in Victorian Scotland; The Empire of Eternity, a history-mystery involving Napoleon Bonaparte and the early years of Egyptology; The Unscratchables, a Swiftian satire featuring dog and cat detectives; and The Dark Side, a crime novel set on the far side of the moon.
For more information:
Website - www.anthonyoneill.net
*I want to thank Lina from Black & White Publishing, and the author Anthony O'Neill for the opportunity to review this book and take part in this blog tour. Don't forget to check out all of the other stops along the way!!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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