Mary Reilly

Mary Reilly

by Valerie Martin
Mary Reilly

Mary Reilly

by Valerie Martin


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

"Part psychological novel, part social history, part eerie horror tale ... dark and moving and powerful." —The Washington Post

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375725999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2001
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 690,340
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

VALERIE MARTIN is the author of ten novels, including The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, The Confessions of Edward Day, Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property; three collections of short fiction; and a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain’s Orange Prize (for Property).
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