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Roller coaster of emotion and swashbuckling adventure
on 20 April 2014
I received this novel as a review copy in exchange for an honest review. On the surface, the author delivers a story that would seemingly be labelled chick-lit or historical romance of the Boons & Mill variety. However, within these pages you will be as surprised as I was to find hidden depths of murder, mayhem, secrecy, an assassination plot and a world to save. This is Miss Hyde, an imaginative sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but to dismiss this roller coaster ride as a mere chick-lit sequel is to do great injustice to it, and it isn’t just for women.
It all begins in 19th century Vienna at the World’s Fair and a case of mistaken identity by a tall, dark and handsome young man by the name of Andor who has come to meet his lady love, Irina. However, it is not his lady love at all but the adopted daughter of Dr Jekyll, Marion Jekyll. She is a bookworm who suffers a nervous disorder that may be epilepsy, forced to follow her guardian, Mr Utterson and her nanny-cum-teacher, Miss Krummacker, throughout Europe to be educated as any fine lady of the era should. Learning languages, history and all else to be the fine upstanding lady that her adopted father wished.
In Vienna, the troubled Marion begins a journey of discover into the truth that her guardians had kept hidden from her. The truth about herself, her true nature, and her real father and her late mother, and indeed how Dr Jekyll came to adopt her. As she uncovers clue after clue and falls more deeply in love with the mysterious Andor, the danger she’s in deepens, coming to a head in a surprising and action-filled finale.
For Ms Bold, who has previously written on comedic topics under the pen name Gwen Ellery, this novel is a great jump in writing. Encapsulating, mystery, horror, detective and romantic themes in one swashbuckling, roller coaster of a novel that any book lover will enjoy.