Review: Henrietta & Eleanor by Libby Spurrier and Robert Louis Stevenson

Cover for Henrietta & Eleanor by Libby Spurrier and Robert Louis Stevenson

Title: Henrietta & Eleanor: A Retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Author: Libby Spurrier, Robert Louis Stevenson

Narrators: Holliday Grainger, Carla Mendonca, Tim Bentinck, Bill Fellows, Hugh Fraser, Clive Mantle, Katarina Olsson, Miranda Raison, and Hugh Ross

Genre: Contemporary Retelling

Length: 2h 50m

4 stars out of five
4 stars – It was really good

This is a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This is set in modern-day London with the main characters being Henrietta Jekyll and Eleanor Hyde. 

As a fan of the original classic, I figured this would be an interesting retelling. I was right and I actually enjoyed this more than the original. This was a wonderful blend of the original book but with modern twists, like cell phones and computers. I found it fascinating to learn more about Henrietta and what led to her creating the formula that led to the creation of Eleanor. The modern twists on it really made it a more relatable story. Also the modern language definitely helped keep it enjoyable. 

Overall, this was a great retelling. I loved all the changes and the fact that the main characters were women. I highly recommend this book if you liked the original or if you just like retellings of classic stories. 


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