Someone please make The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter and it’s sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, into a series on one of the seemingly hundreds of streaming services. Please. I’ll sign up for your service for a year and watch it over and over.
Anyway, that is not what I came here to tell you. What I came here to tell you is that The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter is a very good book. Well written, fleshed out characters and a stupendously great idea are just a few of the things you have to look forward to.
Let me go get a blurb, you don’t need me rewriting what the published paid someone else to come up with:
“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.”
(quote from simon&schuster webpage)
The journey Mary takes from being a lonely orphan to an extraordinary young woman surrounded by other extraordinary young women is an absolute delight. And the sequel is just as good!