The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Book Review)


On the 16th of June 2016, I completed this book called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It was written by Robert Louis Stevenson, also the author of Treasure Island. The book is full of suspense and interesting vocabulary which I had to look up in the dictionary, which I liked.

Mr. Gabriel John Utterson is a lawyer who lived in London. These mystical events of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde happened in the 1800s. The city of London was astir when a highly respected politician was murdered by a cunning man called Mr. Hyde.

Before that, Mr. Utterson has been keeping a lookout on his actions and suspects him of blackmailing his college chum, Dr. Jekyll, one year ago. The suspicion all started when the serious lawyer was having one of his usual strolls with his friends which he called cousin instead. His name is Mr. Enfield.

When they were entering a corner at this bustling street of London, the so-called cousins came to this filthy and rundown two-level building with no windows. The griminess of the structure revealed obvious neglect. It then led to this story shared by Mr. Enfield to Mr. Utterson. It was about a man who injured a child on the street at 4am in the morning. The child cried and Mr. Enfield chased the culprit. Other onlookers had already assembled to aid the child’s injuries. When Mr. Enfield caught the scoundrel, the onlookers and the child’s parents were very angry at the suspect called Mr. Hyde.

However, Mr. Hyde just gave out a smirk and made a deal that he would pay a 100 pounds but was objected by the furious parents.

All Mr. Hyde did was enter the house which Dr. Enfield and Mr. Utterson were standing before them, grabbed a key from his pocket and was back with 10 pounds of gold and the rest in check. Although it seemed fake, it was indeed genuine. So, all that Mr. Enfield could think off was blackmail as he also noticed that the address of where the check was from was different! The bizarre discovery of this made Mr. Utterson lost in words. He actually knew the man who was blackmailed. The man is called Dr. Jekyll. That was how it all started.

Now, the lawyer is on the hunt for this sinister man with the help of the London cadet cops. He soon finds the connection and truth about the two men in this series of events which is too startling to bear!

Name: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by: Stacy Savran
Illustrated by: Eva Clift
Cover Art: Richard Martin
Publisher: Masterwork Books
Age Group: 10-15


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