A bit of a hit and miss affair throughout, the author I felt did not bring anything new to the original Frankenstein story written by Mary Shelley but instead seemed to piece together bits of just about every adaptation there was.
That said, it was great fun that Ackroyd chose to combine fictional characters with real life historical people including Mary Shelley herself, poet, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.
It's the ending though that has me in a quandary as I can't quite decide if it was a touch of genius or the ultimate disappointment. In danger of including a spoiler here I'll say no more except ..........
For much of the book my mind kept wandering, wondering just where the story was going, just how it would end. Totally unexpectedly I can tell you, it did provide much food for thought about the nature of man though.