The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.
As a forensic psychiatrist at New York’s leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country’s most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today—a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime—struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.
First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he’s Lily’s father. To discover the truth—behind her client, her mother’s death, herself—Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.
Fusing the page-turning tension of a first-rate thriller with a provocative take on where thrillers come from, The Only Child will keep you up until its last unforgettable revelation.
Well… That was not something I would usually select to read. However, I was so intrigued by it that I finished it in a day, stayed up that little bit longer (ok, a lot longer) to get it finished because I knew I’d just be lying in bed thinking about it anyway. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure how I would rate this story as there were parts that just didn’t gel with me. For instance, the way Lily carried on about this mysterious nameless man, after their first meeting in Kirby. It felt bordering on unprofessional and unrealistic. Here’s this guy who’s committed a violent act, and sprouting a weird story which ends in him telling her he’s… and she’s thinking about how attractive he is? And then the sexual encounter with the random date guy, and she’s thinking about her patient as if she has some sort of crush. Hmmmm, I wasn’t a fan of Lily’s. I don’t actually want to give too much away! LOL but the story itself, like I said, was intriguing which is probably because it’s not my usual genre. It was a little slow at times, but it was pretty rich in description when Lily left the country and I found I liked the character development that went into nameless man. I think it’s one of those stories that you have to read for yourself. You either like it or you don’t but you’ve at least got to try. I’m glad I did.
I rate The Only Child: 4/5 stars