A review of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (by Robert Louis Stevenson)

This novel is a true classic. It’s the most unusual, highly interesting, and remarkable novel. It’s a spooky, mysterious book. I loved it, which for me is surprising because I don’t like reading what I consider to be “horror” books, but this novel had me hook, line, and sinker. I didn’t want to stop reading it, I wanted to know the huge mystery. It’s a fantastic read, I encourage all readers to at least try to read it. It’s a very intriguing story, and it has made it to my personal top ten favorite books.

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Gabriel John Utterson is a London lawyer investigating the strange occurrences with his friend Dr. Henry Jekyll and the madman known as Mr. Edward Hyde. Gabriel is on his weekly walk with his cousin, Richard Enfield. During that walk, they reach a door leading into a rather large house, and this motivates Enfield to tell Utterson of an encounter he had seen some months ago while coming home late at night between a man and a young girl. The man, a sinister figure named Edward Hyde, and a young girl, who has run to get a doctor, accidentally bump into one another, but Hyde proceeds to trample her. Enfield chases after Hyde, brings him back to the scene, and, after the doctor assures them that the girl is okay, though frightened, joins with the girl’s family in forcing Hyde to pay £100 to avoid the scandal they will otherwise spread for his despicable behavior. From there, things take a turn for the mysterious. A year passes uneventfully. One night in late October, a servant girl witnesses Hyde beat a man to death with a heavy cane. The victim was Sir Danvers Carew, another of Utterson’s clients, who was carrying a letter addressed to Utterson when he was killed. The police, who suspect Hyde, contact Gabriel. He knows that he must confront Mr. Hyde, and quickly before other people are murdered. He uncovers a horrible truth, and one so shocking that it’s unnatural.

This novel (although it is viewed as a novella) is an incredible read. There’s a lot of suspense, and you will be shocked at the plot twist. It is a literary masterpiece, and a true classic. I highly recommend this great book.

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