YOUth Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Book coverThe Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter is the first of three books in a mystery novel series by author Theodora Goss. It’s not quite unlike the movie Enola Holmes where the book revolves around five smart women in the 1880s who have gotten involved in a series of murders they now must solve.

The book takes place in London and follows the story of a woman by the name of Mary Jekyll, who’s recently come into possession of her family’s estate after her mother’s death. The book follows Mary as she looks into her father’s disappearance and makes new friends. The five friends end up becoming entangled in a series of murders that are anything but normal.

I really enjoyed this trilogy because they brought together a lot of female characters from classic novels such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein and gave them their own stories and voices. I really enjoyed how well written this book and the other two in the series are and how captivating they are so that you never feel like there is a dull part in the books.

In conclusion, I think that the author did a great job writing this book and even managed to include a few social issues that still stand today while still keeping the same energy in all the books that make you want to never put them down.


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