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Mary Reilly Paperback – April 10, 2001
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The plot follows two lines: the unuttered romantic love between Mary and Dr.Read more ›
I cared enough about this book to have been disappointed by the ending, though.
I'd still recommend the book, for its powerful and appealing heroine, and its stylish evocation of Victorian-Gothic Romance -- three contrasting historical periods, but one fun literary genre.
Warning! This review will hint at the book's ending, but will not spell it out. If you are familiar with Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide," on which "Mary Reilly" is based, you won't learn anything new.
"Mary Reilly" has one of the most riveting openings I've ever read, if not the most. It's a description of an episode of child abuse.
For the first time in my life, I was hooked from the very first line of a novel, and could not put the book down. I had to know what happened to that child -- even though, of course, since the child is the Mary Reilly of the title, I knew that she would survive.
Martin doesn't plunge to the depths of child abuse, but she writes of the surface with such power that I had the feeling that I was in the hands of a master.
Martin deeply impressed me with the terror and vulnerability of the abused child, as well as that child's resilience and drive to survive, and the twisted sadism of the abuser. All in a very few brief words and pages.
But that's just the opening pages.
The bulk of the book is made up of Reilly's crush on her "Master," Dr. Henry Jekyll. Reilly's history of having been an abused child is mentioned as part of the reason why Mary has this crush; like her master, Mary has a horrible, hidden wound that drives her apart from the rest of society.Read more ›
(I was excited when the film version was released. John Malkovich would make an awesome Jekyll and Hyde. But the star was Julia Roberts and the original story was completely destroyed. DO NOT go by the film. Horrible.)
Although I agree that this book was extremely well written, I have to say that the ending lets the excitement exceed. Through several chapters of very extreme detail, the ending comes up as a dead halt with no where else to look. As soon as the ending had come up I felt as if I was driving and I came up to a dead end and did not know where else to go to look for all the questions that arose in my mind.
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Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin is a spare and elegant retelling of the story of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as seen through the eyes of Dr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ginger B.
This is what you should have been reading when you were reading Twilight.Published 15 months ago by Hannah Rose Williams
I really like this but it was veryshort I wish that the story was a little bit longer and it had a lot of details that the movie didn't have and it was more informational which I... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Holly R.
Mary Reilly is a novel influenced by a novel, a classic – Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a novella written in 1888. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Martina A. Nicolls
The book does what it needed to, required reading for summer program.
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Beautifully written and a perfect complement to Jekyll and Hyde. I can't read one without wanting to read the other.Published on April 25, 2014 by Myk Olsen
This book deserves to be called a classic. It grabs you on the very first page and doesn't let go.Published on April 22, 2014 by Missprint