Review of The Strange Case of the Alchemist Daughter

Posted August 26, 2021 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Review of The Strange Case of the Alchemist DaughterThe Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
Series: The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #1
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Pages: 402
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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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, Catherin 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.

I have been curious about this series for a while so I decided to see if Barb wanted to try it and she did and I am so glad she did, this was fun! After checking out my review go and see what Barb has to say at Booker T’s Farm.

Here is what I thought

After Mary Jekyll’s mother dies she finds out that she had been paying money from a different account to the Society of St. Mary Magdalen. Now Mary has fallen on hard times as now that her mother is gone she has no money and no way to make any. She knows that Edward Hyde, a criminal is still loose and if she could find him there is a reward. She wonders if this Society place has anything to do with it so she decides to track it down with the help of Holmes and Watson. But even though she does find a Hyde there it’s not the one she is looking for, it’s his daughter Diana, who is pretty much a wild child.

The Society figure that Mary is there to take the child and they don’t want her anymore so Mary now is stuck with a very difficult and unruly young woman, but she still wants to continue on to try and find Hyde. Holmes and Watson decide to help her with her inquiries.

Meanwhile, there has been a few murders of women in Whitechapel and Holmes and Watson are helping with that and Mary sort of gets brought in on that since she is with them. Along the way to try and figure out where Hyde is and to solve the murders she finds a very unusual group of women, Beatrice Rappaccini, who is very poisonous, Catherine Moreau, who is part Puma (so yes a cat woman!), and Justine Frankenstein (I am sure you can figure out what she is made of!).

The story is told in a different style format than I am use to so I was completely lost up until the end of the first chapter. It’s told as if Catherine is telling the story as she writes it down and now and then we get some interuptions form the characters if they disagree with how Catherine is telling the story, or want to add their two cents. I can see this not being some peoples cup of tea but once I figured out what was happening I didn’t mind it.

I really enjoyed the characters as they were a lot of fun! Mary is very meek which is the opposite of Diana who isn’t afraid to say what ever she is thinking. I also loved when Mrs. Poole her sort of housekeeper/cook or just keep of the house. She interupted the story sometimes and she was funny. I think I enjoyed the other characters equally as they all had things about them that was interesting, but I think Catherine was probably one of my favorites because she was part Puma and some of the things she would say, like I could just eat them, cracked me up! I do think Beatrice was interesting and the only character whom I didn’t know anything about as far as their last name counterparts. I did find out that she is in a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne and I am a little curious about reading it to just get more of her story.

It had a very adventerous mystery that was just a lot of fun so I would recommend it!

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