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Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
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Dec 19, 2009

really liked it

Mary Reilly is a maid in the home of Dr. Henry Jekyll. (Yeah, that Dr. Jekyll.) The novel is Mary's journals and covers the years she spent working in his house. Mary's father was cruel and abusive. She's not quite withdrawn, but she knows her "place" and staying in her place gives her a sense of security. Dr. Jekyll makes her feel secure as well. He's kind to her and recognizes her intelligence.

My only complaint about the book is that it stopped when the story of Dr. Jekyll stopped. I came to know and like Mary, and it would have been nice to know what happened to her later. Like the author says, we can assume she found another position, but the stuff that happened in the Jekyll house must have had a tremendous effect on her, and I'd like to know how she handled it.
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