The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Elizabeth‘s parents are gone – her mother in childbirth and her father in prison – but an opportunity to join the Frankenstein family could be her salvation. Victor, the eldest, is a trial to his parents and subject to inexplicable bouts of rage. Elizabeth spends the next several years securing her place in the home by being indispensable to Victor. When she hasn’t heard from him for months after he leaves for school, Elizabeth goes after him, knowing she may be the only one to save him from his uncertain temperament. In order to secure her future and save him at the same time, she must become his wife, but news about her past and his future plans come a little too late.
This retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is told from Elizabeth’s view. It alternates between stories of her past life, joining the Frankenstein family and securing her position as Victor’s friend, and her present position, relying on the kindness of the family who hasn’t seen fit to adopt her. The dark tale is threaded through with murder and mayhem in a time when outward appearances were the basis for one’s reputation. Two hundred years later, it is finally Elizabeth’s turn to take center stage.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
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