The Only Child

The Only Child

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature's founding masterpieces--Frankenstein, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: (ebook)
1476755213 (hardback)
9781476755212 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: FIC PYPER
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 24 cm

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21221018293347
Sep 01, 2017

Too suspenseful. Not for the faint of heart. Good reading for those who enjoy this kind of book. I imagine that it is a great book, but I really couldn't sleep.

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singidunum_25
Jun 29, 2017

......" You have to be prepared around people like this, even with their legs shackled to the table that's screwed to the floor. They can be as tricky with the things they say as with things they do....."
Delightfully spooky!

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lastcoyote
Jun 22, 2017

Not Stephen King, but sufficiently creepy to keep me reading to the end. I liked how the author intertwined references to early horror/gothic novels such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde into the fabric of this story.

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emerge
Apr 14, 2017

Just wanted to say the rating reflects my enjoyment of this book, not the author's ability to write & tell a story. It's a simple case of a mismatch between reader & book. I like thrillers but this is much more in the vein of classic horror/fantasy which is not my preferred genre. My bad for not realizing that before I picked it up. If you're a fan of his previous books, this should be right up your alley. It's got an original premise & an interesting connection to 3 classics of the genre (Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Dracula).

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