"In this reimagining of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the monster's perspective, Hyde makes a hero of a villain. Mr. Hyde is hiding, trapped in Dr. Jekyll's surgical cabinet, counting the hours until capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell the story of his brief, marvelous life. We join Hyde, awakened after years of dormancy, in the mind he hesitantly shares with Jekyll. We spin with dizzy confusion as the potions take effect. We tromp through the dark streets of Victorian London. We watch Jekyll's high-class life at a remove, blurred by a membrane of consciousness. We feel the horror of lost time, the helplessness of knowing we are responsible for the actions of a body not entirely our own. Girls have gone missing. Someone has been killed. The evidence points to Mr. Hyde. Someone is framing him, terrorizing him with cryptic notes and whisper campaigns. Who can it be? Even if these crimes weren't of his choosing, can they have been by his hand? Though this classic has been often reinvented, no one ever imagined Hyde's perspective, or that he could be heroic. Daniel Levine changes that. A mesmerizing gothic, Hyde tells the fascinating story of an underexamined villain"--
"Ingenious revision...the novel is a pleasure...a worthy companion to its predecessor. It's rich in gloomy, moody atmosphere (Levine's London has a brutal steampunk quality), and its narrator's plight is genuinely poignant." - New York Times Book Review "Riveting Hyde renders evil in shades of gray...in his spellbinding first novel [Levine] offers many surprises and rich, often intoxicating prose. It's a fascinating read."- Washington Post "Levine's account is a masterpiece of hallucination; his narrator is feverish, righteous, intense. . . And about that confession: Hyde doesn't open it, and neither does Levine. He leaves it to Stevenson, to whom he is faithful with his prose. The shockers may be born of this century, but this chilling new version is a remarkably good fit with the original horror classic."- Miami Herald
" Hyde is masterfully told, with plenty of damp and spooky London gothic atmosphere. . . A haunting yarn with a sumptuous Victorian atmosphere exquisitely re-imagines Stevenson's 'monster,' the maligned Hyde."- Shelf Awareness
"Levine's evocation of Victorian England is marvelously authentic, and his skill at grounding his narrative in arresting descriptive images is masterful."- Publishers Weekly , starred and boxed review
"Ambitious and imaginative. . . Taking the parameters of Stevenson's story, but deepening and extending the details, Levine allows us to view Hyde not merely as the venal incarnation of Jekyll's soul, but as a fully fledged character in his own right-and, in many ways, a sympathetic one as well. . . With compelling intensity, Levine makes a noteworthy literary debut."- BookPage
"Levine's masterful in his surrealistic observations of Hyde subsuming Jekyll...Cleverly imagined and sophisticated in execution."- Kirkus
DANIEL LEVINE studied English literature and creative writing at Brown University and received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Florida.