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Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
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Apr 23, 2012

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bookshelves: young-adult-lit-13-25

Mary, a maid for Dr. Jekyll, was first noticed by her master because of her deformed hands. She had been locked in a closet with a large rat which grew frantic and attacked her. Her master traces her scars gently and from that point on treats her with a deep level of respect and trust. But something is not quite right in this house. It function on one basic rule: when the master is in his laboratory there will be no interrupting him. The only problem is that he would stay there for such a long time. All the servants worried for their kind master. He would come in after weeks of solitude, or so they supposed, and be weak, sick, and starving. Dr. Jekyll, upon hearing Mary's concern for him decides to hire an assistant, Mr. Hyde. This unseemly man makes everyone's hair stand on end. He is no gentleman, and is down right scary.
Mary is sent on a task for Dr. Jekyll and goes to a boarding house to deliver a letter she does not know the content of. The Lady it is delivered to is livid and shows Mary a room soaked in blood. This is the mess left by Dr. Jekyll's "animal". Mary, sick to her stomach, confused at what is truly going on, finds herself falling in love with her master. Ever getting closer to the secret he hides. Does she really want to know his secret? Finding them out could end her life. As everyone knows Mr. Hyde is now dangerous, he killed a man and is hiding from the law. Mary has to decide what she is willing to believe, and where she is willing to leave her heart.
I found this book riveting. Most mysteries are fairly easy for me to sort out before the end. But this kept me in suspense wondering if my favorite character was really a malicious monster. The point of view was unique, coming from a maids diary. I enjoyed it, though, because it pulled you in quickly into all the character's lives.

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awesome review!

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