What to Read: ‘The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter’ Rewrites Classic Horror

by | Nov 2020

A woman reads Erik Larson's "The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter" while drinking a cup of coffee.


“The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” is the perfect fall read.

Theodora Goss’ The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter rewrites the narrative of some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics. The narrative revolves around a group of five young women, including Mary Jekyll, daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll, who is the most level-headed woman in the room, and Diana Hyde, the daughter of her father’s former friend and murderer, who is a daring and reckless girl that refuses to follow anyone’s rules. Others include Beatrice Rappaccini, the poisonous girl who harms anything she touches, but only wants to be cured of her ailment; Catherine Moreau, a half woman/half puma created in an attempt to further human evolution; and Justine Frankenstein, a female giantess with strength to rival most men along with a kind and caring soul. The women come together to solve a series of gruesome murders while also searching for the answers to their origins. This unique and thrilling story keeps you on your toes with every turn of the page and brings the story to life, showing the personality of the characters through their actions and dialogue, which will help you enjoy the book even more.

Morgan Muldoon is a library services assistant at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury, and enjoys baking tasty treats and reading books while her two cats cuddle at her feet.


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