The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mademoiselle Odile
By James Reese
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596436848, 357pp.)
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
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It's 1870, and a young woman named Odile is fighting to survive on the blood-soaked streets of Paris. Luckily, Odile has an advantage and a bizarre birthright. She is descended from the Cagots, a much-despised race whose women were reputed to be witches. Were they, in fact? This is the question Odile must answer--about her ancestors and herself--while she uses her talents to help a young Doctor Jekyll who seems to be abusing the salts that she gave him in a most disconcerting way.
“…this explanation of the mysterious ingredient that animates Jekyll’s transformation is well suited to readers who enjoy period drama laced with a bit of tame horror and not-so-tame blackmail.”--BCCB
"Carefully researched and well written, Reese’s novel appeals on scientific, historical, mysterious, and romantic levels."-VOYA
“ …[a] thriller that’s steeped in historical detail.”-Kirkus
“…successful in spinning the familiar tale into one of war and romance seen from a female perspective.”--Booklist