I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Diabolical Miss Hyde (Electric Empire, #1) by Viola Carr
Length: 13 hours
Genres: Steampunk, Paranormal, Mystery
Published by Harper Voyager on February 10th 2015
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Beverley A. Crick
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Magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy retelling of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde–in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll is the daughter of the infamous Henry
In an electric-powered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with inventive new technological gadgets. Now, a new killer is splattering London with blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching "the Chopper" could make Eliza's career—or get her burned. Because Eliza has a dark secret. A seductive second self, set free by her father's forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde.
When the Royal Society sends their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she's a sorceress, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. But as the Chopper case draws her into London's luminous, magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get. Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own.
Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free . . .
What I thought of this book.
I think this was the strangest book I have ever listened too.
Dr. Eliza Hyde is an crime scene investigator in Victorian London. There is a series of bizarre murders and they are calling the murderer “The Chopper”. Being at these crime scenes puts her with Captain Lafayette a person the Royal Society has hired to watch Miss Hyde as they think she is a sorceress. He is a monster hunter but has secrets of his own.
When Eliza drinks her elixir it changes her into Lizzie her darker alter ego who likes to seduce men and Eliza is not all sure that she hasn’t did something bad while being Lizzie. The more she investigates things the stranger things become and someone she thought was dead is alive. Someone wants use her to get to someone else and other bizarre things happen.
I really don’t know how to review this, it was really strange and at times a bit slow to listen too. It’s dark, weird and interesting all at the same time. A lot goes on and in the end it was interesting to find out who the “Chopper” was and how Eliza gets herself out of a dangerous situation between a werewolf and a madman (who reminds me a bit of Hannibal Lector…lol).
If you enjoy the bizarre and like steampunk then I really think you just need to give this one a try for yourself and see what you think.
I Enjoyed Beverley A. Crick when she did the historical romance I recently listened too and she did okay with this one but at times the voices she did for this one sort of got on my nerves. I kind of recommend reading this one instead of listening mainly cause it’s so bizarre that listening could be a bit confusing at times.