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Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Hey all, Dani here.

Happy Book Birthday to the book I’m reviewing today. Yes, today is a bit of a deviation from my GLBT book month reviews. Oh, and also, I do need to mention that I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, well, here we go.



Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

My Thoughts

My rating: 4 stars

The concept of this story alone intrigued me. I was excited by the prospect of following the daughters of some of literature’s classic men. Plus, look at that cover. I love all the tiny details on it.

I think my favorite part of this novel is actually the format. It is written as if the girls are telling this story after the fact, and that includes numerous interruptions by the girls to clarify something or just make commentary on a scene. The format is a unique one and it made the reading experience more enjoyable for me.

And really the story is more about all of these young women. Yes there is this search for Mr. Hyde, and then this secret society of scientists later on, but the reason you care about all of that is because you get to know Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

So whether or not you are a fan of classic literature, I think this book is enjoyable, but if you are a literature aficionado, I definitely recommend that you pick up this inventive tale.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of this lovely book today from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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