Mary Reilly by Valerie MARTIN
(Vintage Contemporaries)

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From the acclaimed author of the bestselling Italian Fever comes a fresh twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, a novel told from the perspective of Mary Reilly, Dr. Jekyll's dutiful and intelligent housemaid.

Faithfully weaving in details from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Martin introduces an original and captivating character: Mary is a survivor–scarred but still strong–familiar with evil, yet brimming with devotion and love. As a bond grows between Mary and her tortured employer, she is sent on errands to unsavory districts of London and entrusted with secrets she would rather not know. Unable to confront her hideous suspicions about Dr. Jekyll, Mary ultimately proves the lengths to which she'll go to protect him. Through her astute reflections, we hear the rest of the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, and this familiar tale is made more terrifying than we remember it, more complex than we imagined possible.
 

About Valerie MARTIN

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Orange Prize-winner Valerie Martin is the author of nine acclaimed adult novels, including Property and The Confessions of Edward Day. She lives in Millbrook, New York.
 
Published February 13, 2013 by Vintage. 273 pages
Genres: History, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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A splendid literary conceit, a psychological thriller of the first rank: the spellbinding journals of an introspective Victorian maid—whose employer is none other than Dr. Henry Jekyll.

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From its startling first scene to the final, provocative paragraph, this highly original view of the Jekyll and Hyde story is a feat of narrative engineering. Mary Reilly is a housemaid in the Victori

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Mary Reilly, housemaid and devoted friend of Dr. Henry Jekyll, senses pk that something is dreadfully wrong with the weary and laboratory-obsessed scientist, who has hired Edward Hyde as his assistant

Mar 04 1991 | Read Full Review of Mary Reilly (Vintage Contempo...

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