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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

The Only Child
by Andrew Pyper
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4767-5529-8
Buy from Indigo (On Sale May 23, 2017)

Description: The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.

As a forensic psychiatrist at New York’s leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country’s most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today—a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime—struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.

First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he’s Lily’s father. To discover the truth—behind her client, her mother’s death, herself—Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.

The Good Stuff
  • Dark, moody, intense with plenty of twists and turns
  • Unique
  • Makes me want to go back and reread Frankenstein and Dracula again - and read Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde (I know, I know I haven't read that one yet) The whole time reading it I couldn't stop thinking of the movie Gothic (Thanks Demkiw, - that was one truly fucked up movie - pretty sure you had to be on Laudanum to truly get it) 
  • Pyper has a true gift for creating tales that stay with you and make you wonder  - and maybe make you think that you never want to be alone in a dark alley with him
  • You become lost in the haunting descriptions and well any book that brings up Dracula is good with me (Ok and the epigraph is from Dracula)
  • The second half of the novel had me on the edge of my seats
  • Will's name - thinking someone is an X-Files fan
  • Love the cover
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Please remember I am honest about my thoughts and feelings while reading - and while reading this I was in intense training for a new job and brain was not all there
  • Kind of jumpy at times and the connection between Will and Lily seemed kind of thrown in at the last minute.  Unlike most of this other novels this one has a weak start and it feels like too much was thrown in.  It's a fabulour premise with lots of promise but it fell short for me
  • A tad disturbing in regards to the feelings Lily has for Michael -- Umm ewwww
Favourite Quotes/Passages

"It aroused something other than passion but something related nevertheless, the desire to connect, to show someone they aren't alone and in so doing, show that you aren't either."

"A hole in his hear now a hole in hers."

"The world doesn't have to know everything." he says. "Most of the time the world is better off not knowing."

3.5 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review