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Hyde (2021)

af Craig Russell

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Fiction. Horror. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:From the internationally acclaimed author, a stunning gothic reimagining of the Jekyll and Hyde story in which Captain Edward Hyde, chief detective of Victorian Edinburgh, investigates a gruesome murder that may unmask his own darkest secret
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Victorian Edinburgh. Captain Edward Henry Hyde is chief detective for the City of Edinburgh Police; as such, he is responsible for investigating all murders and serious crimes in the city. Hyde is a striking but severe-looking man who provokes unease, and often fear, in those who encounter him. Nevertheless, Edward Hyde is truly a good man ...  though he wrestles fiercely with his own unique demons.
When Hyde finds himself at the scene of a heinous murder, with no idea of how he got there or the events leading up to the discovery, his alarm is triggered on two levels. First, the crime scene is brutal and involves the Threefold Death, an ancient Celtic rite of sacrifice entangled with dark Scottish spiritual mythology. Second, Hyde's inability to remember any detail of his arrival at the crime scene makes him immediately fret about the secret he keeps from all but his physician: He suffers from a rare form of epilepsy that causes him to lose time??amnesiac absences where he cannot account for his actions??and nocturnal seizures that manifest themselves as vivid and lucid dreams.
 
As Hyde begins his investigation of the murder in a city on edge, he finds himself not only searching for real world clues, but trying to unravel the significance of the imagery in the otherworld of his dreaming. His investigation leads to the very places he fears, but has never fully ima… (mere)
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(2021) An interesting thought exercise in who the Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde story was based on. Very readable despite the Victorian English and idioms. Edward Hyde is a police detective who has missing time that he is told is brought by his epilepsy. Goodreads: Edward Hyde has a strange gift-or a curse-he keeps secret from all but his physician. He experiences two realities, one real, the other a dreamworld state brought on by a neurological condition.When murders in Victorian Edinburgh echo the ancient Celtic threefold death ritual, Captain Edward Hyde hunts for those responsible. In the process he becomes entangled in a web of Celticist occultism and dark scheming by powerful figures. The answers are there to be found, not just in the real world but in the sinister symbolism of Edward Hyde's otherworld.He must find the killer, or lose his mind.A dark tale. One that inspires Hyde's friend . . . Robert Louis Stevenson.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Oblique and obscure most of the time, but sometimes it is taut and gripping with a lot of atmosphere solidifying into an emotional reaction. Could do with way less description of absolutely everything and more getting on with the plot. Which brings me to the element of the supernatural that I could also do without, but it's close to Halloween so we'll see how it goes.

With a push, I finished and while it wasn't exactly unsatisfying, the amount of time spent both knowing and with the true villain wasn't enough compared with how much time we spend getting there. I like it when authors balance narrative time more evenly so endings don't feel tacked on and villains don't pop out of the woodwork. This has both, but not egregiously so. Looking back, there were some hints at the Dark Guild leader, but not enough to make the reveal less than surprising. In the end the supernatural feel was really just madness and a lack of understanding about mental illness and how the mind copes with trauma and things it would rather not deal with. ( )
  Bookmarque | Oct 9, 2023 |
Captain Edward Hyde, Superintendent of Detectives of the Edinburgh police force, has both crimes to solve and a mystery within himself to unravel: for many years, he has periodically “lost time,” finding himself in strange places with no memory of arriving there. When a series of murders occur in the city, all apparently associated with a malevolent Celtic myth, and a wealthy young woman goes missing, he not only has to rely on his detective skills but also must keep his own condition hidden from the men under his command, before they begin to question his motivations…. This story takes the Jekyll and Hyde tale and turns it on its head; for a time, I kept waiting for the “Jekyll” part to start, but Mr. Russell was taking his readers in a very different direction, and indeed, I was kept guessing until the very end of the book. There is some graphic horror here, and also some very interesting takes on Celtic mythology, as well as Scottish political history and independence movements; quite a witch’s brew of elements! But Mr. Russell manages to keep all the elements in the air, deftly moving from one arena to another in a series of short chapters alternating between several characters, and the result is a very satisfying read indeed; not for the faint-hearted, but otherwise recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | May 21, 2022 |
3.5 rounded to 4 ( )
  LizzySiddal | Dec 20, 2021 |
Well written, engaging prose, conceptually interesting story. What if Edward Hyde, Captain of Detectives, in Ediburgh, suffers with a form of epilepsy and is also friends with Robert Lewis Stevenson? This form of epilepsy has him losing time and also suddenly amidst a brutal murder. What is the duality of man? What has the good doctor been prescribing for his episodes? What is really going on here. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Oct 25, 2021 |
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Fiction. Horror. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:From the internationally acclaimed author, a stunning gothic reimagining of the Jekyll and Hyde story in which Captain Edward Hyde, chief detective of Victorian Edinburgh, investigates a gruesome murder that may unmask his own darkest secret
 
Victorian Edinburgh. Captain Edward Henry Hyde is chief detective for the City of Edinburgh Police; as such, he is responsible for investigating all murders and serious crimes in the city. Hyde is a striking but severe-looking man who provokes unease, and often fear, in those who encounter him. Nevertheless, Edward Hyde is truly a good man ...  though he wrestles fiercely with his own unique demons.
When Hyde finds himself at the scene of a heinous murder, with no idea of how he got there or the events leading up to the discovery, his alarm is triggered on two levels. First, the crime scene is brutal and involves the Threefold Death, an ancient Celtic rite of sacrifice entangled with dark Scottish spiritual mythology. Second, Hyde's inability to remember any detail of his arrival at the crime scene makes him immediately fret about the secret he keeps from all but his physician: He suffers from a rare form of epilepsy that causes him to lose time??amnesiac absences where he cannot account for his actions??and nocturnal seizures that manifest themselves as vivid and lucid dreams.
 
As Hyde begins his investigation of the murder in a city on edge, he finds himself not only searching for real world clues, but trying to unravel the significance of the imagery in the otherworld of his dreaming. His investigation leads to the very places he fears, but has never fully ima

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