Horror (adult)

Book Review of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

30. November 2017

Immediate thoughts on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This weird but oddly satisfying book by Robert Louis Stevenson took me by surprise. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is disturbing, but yet such a cool type of horror. It’s a fairly short book, so it shouldn’t take anyone long to read it, and it’s not a book filled with unnecessary details and descriptions, it’s just straight on a really fascinating piece of fiction.

About The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Discover the mesmerizing tale of two personalities in a war over the soul of one man.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a tale of Victorian horror. The personalities of the pleasant Dr. Jekyll and the violent Mr. Hyde vie for control over a single body. 

This book has been on my TBR (=to be read) for a very long time. I’ve wanted to read it for a really long time, but I just never took the time to actually do so. And then I figured that I could just read it for free on my phone through iBooks! So I just downloaded it and read and suddenly I’d started this small mystery of a book.

When diving into this I had expectations. I was expecting something eerie, something scary and a book worthy of the classics-title. I have read a few classics by now, and what I keep realizing after reading them is that I expect the language to be different. While reading english books I always make a list of words I don’t understand or have to look up. This book had the longest list! It has a very simple language, but with some complicated words that got me wondering what a sentence was trying to tell me.

Why I liked this book

When that’s said, I do like it. It’s eerie for sure, and Robert Louis Stevenson had this way of telling this story shortly but effective. I felt like I had read a book and not some short-story and it was intense at times. I do however feel like I understood what was the deal already at the beginning, which was kind of sad because I would have loved to not “understand” it until the last chapter.

So, all over the book is worthy of its classics-title for sure, it’s an important piece of literature and I can understand why it’s such a well-known book. It’s interesting, and I thought it was really interesting. It did however, not meet my expectations when it came to a scary book, because I just wanted it to be scary and creepy – and it was just more uncomfortable rather than scary.

Information about the book

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Page count: 144
Published: 1886
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Age group: Adult


Rating: ★★★1/2☆☆


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