Sick from tuberculosis, Robert Louis Stevenson desires a
cure and has sought out various treatments across the
world in hopes of finding one. Dr. Rüedi at the Hotel
Belvedere offers one, but at what cost? Meanwhile, Rafael
"Rafe" Salazar is tracking coyotes with radio collars
when he stumbles upon something else in the canyon. What
secrets does the old trunk old? Unfortunately, the trunk
isn't the old thing with secrets in the desert and some
of those secrets may be deadly.
THE JEKYLL REVELATION weaves back and forth from present
day to the late 1800s. The transitions shift seamlessly
and I enjoyed both storylines as the overall picture
slowly emerges. And oh, what a stunning tale of horror we
begin to see! Robert Masello utilizes journal entries for
the past while the present day story unfolds. This
technique makes it easy for the reader to differentiate
between the storylines and adds an air of authenticity.
I love the inclusion of Robert Louis Stevenson as a main
character, even as Robert Masello tweaks some historical
events in order to make the plot device work (see
Author's Note). Robert Masello keeps true to some of the
highlights of Robert Louis Stevenson's life, however, and
maintains the overall spirit of this treasured author.
Rafe Salazar is a nice modern day contrast to Robert
Louis Stevenson, as we see Rafe's respect for nature and
his disdain for some modern day conventions.
STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE has long been
a favorite classic novel of mine and Robert Masello puts
a fascinating new spin on the storyline. Who couldn't
resist the idea of one of the all-time greatest classics
colliding with the horror of Jack the Ripper? THE JEKYLL
REVELATION isn't a gory horror story but rather it is
classic, slow building horror that pays perfect homage to
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. Bravo,
A spellbinding thriller from the bestselling author of
The Einstein Prophecy.
A chilling curse is transported from 1880s London to
present-day California, awakening a long-dormant fiend.
While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon,
environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find
animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk.
Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by
the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous
particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a
terrible secret—the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Unfortunately, the journal—whose macabre tale unfolds in an
alternating narrative with Rafe’s—isn’t the only relic in
the trunk, and Rafe isn’t the only one to purloin a
souvenir. A mysterious flask containing the last drops of
the grisly potion that inspired Jekyll and Hyde and
spawned London’s most infamous killer has gone missing. And
it has definitely fallen into the wrong hands.