While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a terrible secret—the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Unfortunately, the journal—whose macabre tale unfolds in an alternating narrative with Rafe’s—isn’t the only relic in the trunk, and Rafe isn’t the only one to purloin a souvenir. A mysterious flask containing the last drops of the grisly potion that inspired Jekyll and Hyde and spawned London’s most infamous killer has gone missing. And it has definitely fallen into the wrong hands. – Goodreads.com
I received this copy free from the publisher NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
I personally love the Jekyll and Hyde story so I was excited to have been approved to read this in exchange for review and I was not disappointed. There are some excellent allusions to other historical crimes and events during the same period with some excellent cameos by some of my favourite classics authors.
From the very first page, you can tell that Masello is an experienced writer. His talent is clear. The writing is engaging, with an occasional laugh, and full of character with compassion and variety to their personalities. Masello switches seemlessly back and forth between time periods and writing styles which most of us know is not an easy feat.
Masello perfectly maintains a dark and gothic feel throughout the text. The contrast between the 1800s and the present is stark and interesting, with a few similarities to draw the two timelines together. An intimate and thrilling look into the lives of men centuries apart.
I haven’t read a book this well written, action packed, and flowing in a long while. An easy 5/5 stars and I look forward to checking out more of Masello’s works.
Do yourself a favour, get a copy of this book as soon as it’s released on 8 November 2016!