Published in: 1886
Edition read: E-book
Dr Jekyll has discovered the ultimate drug. A chemical that can turn him into something else. Suddenly, he can unleash his deepest cruelties in the guise of the sinister Hyde. Transforming himself at will, he roams the streets of fog-bound London as his monstrous alter-ego.
This short read was not quite what I expected- for starters, Mr Hyde, the monster, actually is a smaller runtier version of Dr Jekyll. Not the giant hideously malformed monster he is represented as in most movies. That was a bit of a let-down. Mr Hyde is basically all of the evil and bad parts of Dr Jekyll, and through a special liquid, Dr Jekyll shrinks into this version of himself and has no conscience, so he can do whatever he wants- drink, smoke, screw, murder.
We learn of Jekyll/Hyde and their misfortune through his friends, whom he eventually reveals his secrets to, and help to identify him when he no longer can retain the form of Jekyll.
It’s an interesting idea, but given the length of the novel, it doesn’t go into too much detail.
Jekyll/Hyde rating: 4/10
Would I re-read it? No, it was ok but once was enough
Who would I recommend it to? Anyone into literature or curious about where the Jekyll/Hyde legend came from.