Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn
When the twin daughter’s of famed inventor Victor Frankenstein inherit his long abandoned castle, they have very different ideas of what to do with it.
Lavish Giselle plans to remodel the musty, cobweb filled castle. She’s going to restore its former beauty. Once restored it will be the castle of all castles – the ones where worldly parties will be thrown, where great minds will meet and mingle, and where Giselle herself will be the center of everyone’s attention.
And then there’s quiet, bookish Ingrid who rather explore the cobweb filled corners rather than clean them up. Exploring the cold castle has led her to her father, figuratively speaking. Stumbling upon his lab, Ingrid discovers Victor’s journals – pages and pages filled with ideas, inventions, and ramblings of a madman.
Spending hours and hours pouring over her long-lost father’s journal bring her one step closer to him …. and the evil monster that he created.
Will Giselle and Ingrid live to see the castle restored to its former glory, or will the monster be there waiting in the wings to tear it down?
Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters, written by author Suzanne Weyn, isn’t a retelling of a classic, instead it’s a re-imagined twist of a familiar tale. However twisted this story is supposed to be, Weyn’s story is more mystery than horror.
Weyn’s writing is solid. While not entirely captivating her words instill a sense of foreboding within readers. With each turn of the page readers will anticipate something terrible – possible Frankenstein’s monster – lurking around every corner. However, they will be let down.
While this book had many creepy elements, none were creepy enough to actually scare. As a horror fan, this disappointed me. But what this book lacks in creepiness, it makes up in atmosphere. Through author Weyn’s words she’s created a world where reader’s will be able to experience alongside Giselle and Ingrid.
Readng Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters I couldn’t help but feel that something just was not working for me. And that something was the pacing. For such a store book – page wise – this book seemed to drag on and on. Ultimately, because of this, I felt that nothing really ever happened.
Though the pace dragged, I had high hopes for main characters Giselle and Ingrid. I wish I could say that I loved them. But they too fell short. Unable to connect with them on a personal level, I found Giselle to be flighty and frivolous. While twin Ingrid was obsessed (and not in a good way) and one flat.
Going into Weyn’s Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters I had such high hopes. But by the end I was just happy that the short story had come to a (timely) end. Yes, I wanted more … more intrigue, more horror, and more plot. I was let down. But even though this book was not the book for me, it may be the book for you. Give it a chance, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!
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