A brilliant reinvention of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!
“Had I approached my discovery in a more noble spirit, had I risked the experiment while under the empire of generous or pious aspirations, all must have been otherwise, and I would have come forth an angel instead of a fiend...”
Published in 1886, the tale of kindly Dr. Jekyll inventing a potion that releases his repressed persona, the evil Mr. Hyde, is one of the world’s best-known stories. But Jekyll’s turn for the worse was only the beginning. Shortly after the doctor’s untimely death, his estate is sold to cold-blooded banker Geoffrey Bodkin, who stumbles upon the fateful potion and unleashes his own alter-ego: Father Whitechapel, saintly almsgiver to the East End paupers. But what begins as a story of loving charity soon becomes one of embezzlement, scandal and murder, as Mr. Bodkin struggles to keep Father Whitechapel from being branded London’s most notorious villain—Jack the Ripper. Keller masterfully evokes Victorian London and its vernacular in this suspenseful debut novel, taking literary adaptations to a new level of sophistication and virtuosity while exploring timeless themes of class warfare, the dark side of philanthropy, and the catastrophic consequences of unhindered goodness.
A London Book Festival 2012 Selection
Includes Reading Group Guide
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