This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. It is now being hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your GoodReads TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then something interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read it. Got it? Okay let’s get started.
I am super excited about this week’s pick! I just discovered it today and immediately put it on the tbr and I have ordered it! I don’t know if I will get to it right away, but it will be close to the top.
Hyde by Craig Russell
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Summary from Goodreads:
Victorian Edinburgh. Captain Edward Henry Hyde is chief detective for the City of Edinburgh Police; as such, he is responsible for investigating all murders and serious crimes in the city. Hyde is a striking but severe-looking man who provokes unease, and often fear, in those who encounter him. Nevertheless, Edward Hyde is truly a good man … though he wrestles fiercely with his own unique demons.
When Hyde finds himself at the scene of a heinous murder, with no idea of how he got there or the events leading up to the discovery, his alarm is triggered on two levels. First, the crime scene is brutal and involves the Threefold Death, an ancient Celtic rite of sacrifice entangled with dark Scottish spiritual mythology. Second, Hyde’s inability to remember any detail of his arrival at the crime scene makes him immediately fret about the secret he keeps from all but his physician: He suffers from a rare form of epilepsy that causes him to lose time–amnesiac absences where he cannot account for his actions–and nocturnal seizures that manifest themselves as vivid and lucid dreams.
As Hyde begins his investigation of the murder in a city on edge, he finds himself not only searching for real world clues, but trying to unravel the significance of the imagery in the otherworld of his dreaming. His investigation leads to the very places he fears, but has never fully imagined.
I don’t think I have ever read the original Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, but I have always been fascinated by the idea of it. It is of course possible that I did read it and have just forgotten that I have, I read a lot of classics in high school, so it is quite possible. But I understand that as this is a retelling you don’t need to have read the original to enjoy this one. It sounds hauntingly gruesome. Plus it is set in Edinburgh, one of my favorite cities.
What do you think? Does this sound like a book you might want to read? Let me know in the comments!