ARC Review: The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

Posted April 3, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
The Diabolical Miss Hyde
by Viola Carr

3.5 Stars


Released: 10 February 2015
Series: Electric Empire #1
Published by Voyager
Pages: 464
Format: ARC


” Viola Carr has given us a book packed with intrigue, twists and turns and some fascinating characters. ” ~ Under the Covers

Dr Eliza Jekyll has a secret, a secret that could get her burned alive if she doesn’t keep it. Miss Lizzie Hyde, her other half, the darker part of herself, secretly craving Lizzie’s freedom from morals and scruples and ashamed of the part of herself that she can’t quite contain. But Eliza may need Lizzie’s assistance when she is called to investigate a string of murders where the victims have had their limbs chopped off. But Eliza’s secret may be in danger as the dashing Captain Remy Lafayette, an agent from the Royal Society, appears and starts his own investigation, but on whom?

I remember reading Dr Jekyll &Mr Hyde a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson and being fascinated, two men in the same body one upright and moral, the other a conscienceless monster. There have been many retellings of this story; man battling between the light and dark parts of himself, and Viola Carr has steampunked the original story and offered us an exciting new read, packed with, mystery, adventure and romance.

Lizzie and Eliza, although they occupy the same mind (when Eliza becomes Lizzie her body changes as well) are two completely separate characters, their outlook, moral compass and even their speech patterns are different. They are almost like siblings, even if they are siblings that don’t get on very well. Watching the interplay between them was one of my favourite aspects of the book and I can’t wait to see how it develops, will they reconcile themselves to each other? Become enemies, trapped in the same body? I look forward to finding out.

The Diabolical Miss Hyde also features a little romance, twisted as it is. Eliza’s strange longing and fascination with a serial killer, a serial killer and is currently a resident in the mad house she works at. Then there is Lizzie’s attraction to Remy, all of which combines to give you a complicated and tangled map of relationships.

As for the mystery aspect of the book, I guessed early on who the “Chopper” was, the murderer who is going round London cutting off women’s legs, butI was never 100% certain I was correct, so it never got boring. The murders also gave the book a nice, quick pace and a bit of action as Eliza investigates, with Lizzie’s aid, to stop him before he strikes again.

I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be reading the next one in the series, Viola Carr has given us a book packed with intrigue, twists and turns and some fascinating characters.

*ARC provided by publisher



About Viola Carr

Viola Carr was born in a strange and distant land, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat.
You can track Viola's adventures into the dark fantastic on Tumblr or Facebook, join her on Pinterest, hail her on Twitter or visit her author page on Goodreads.
Viola also writes urban fantasy adventure and dark paranormal romance under a pseudonym.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne


love this cover!

Amy R
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I’ve only read a few Steampunk and would like to read a few more.