Waiting on Wednesday: The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mademoiselle Odile by James Reese

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mademoselle Odile
James Reese

Roaring Brook Press
Releases April 10, 2012
368 pages

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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.

While I haven't actually read the real Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, I'm familiar with the story and will soon be reading it as part of a reading challenge. I like the idea of twisting the story into a different rendition where witchcraft is involved instead of just science gone wrong. Add in that the setting of Paris in the nineteenth century is one of those "happy places" of mine and you have a book that I hope to be as fascinating as it's premise makes it sound.