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for Frankenstein's Monster
“As audacious in its ambition as the original, Frankenstein's Monster patches together the remains of Mary Shelley's novel and sends the creature roaring back into the world. Susan Heyboer O'Keefe has created original monsters of her own that will frighten and fascinate and keep you up late at night.”Keith Donohue, bestselling author of The Stolen Child


Vivid, powerful, gripping, and intensely moving: the pace does not relax for a second from beginning to end.”—Rosalind Miles, historian and best-selling author of I, Elizabeth


A haunting, compassionate look at one of the most maligned and misunderstood creatures in literature. Readers will be engrossed by this well-crafted and atmospheric tale of madness and redemption, where the lines between man and monster blur, and humanity is the most elusive quarry of all.”Megan Chance, author of Prima Donna and An Inconvenient Wife


A dark, riveting read full of the most burning passions and intense, soul-searing hatreds, about a monster who longs to be a man and men who behave like monsters....Will horrify you, seduce you, and rip your heart right open.”—Carolyn Turgeon, author of Godmother

Imaginatively resurrects the monster from the ambiguous conclusion of Frankenstein…. Does an admirable job of picking up the philosophical threads of ambition, responsibility, and humanity Shelley wove into the original. Never forgetting that Frankenstein is first and foremost regarded as a gothic horror classic, she interweaves the requisite elements of romance, suspense, terror, and revenge into the page-turning narrative.”—Booklist

“Beautiful and stunningly originalaccomplished and ambitious”—January Magazine


“O’Keefe captures the language and Gothic atmosphere of Shelley’s original, even against new backgrounds like opulently decaying Venice. Read this if ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ is one of your favorites.” —Newark Star-Ledger


“The eponymous monster of gothic horror rises once again in this well-wrought sequel to Mary Shelley's classic tale….The monster [has] ample opportunities to reflect on the inherent cruelty of humans, the nature of compassion, and mysteries of life and death. O'Keefe credibly extrapolates the moods and thoughts of the monster from how Shelley first imagined them in one of the better recent treatments of the Frankenstein theme.”—Publishers Weekly


“What Mary Shelley birthed in her classic tale of man-made monster unleashed on an unwitting world, Susan Heyboer O’Keefe infuses with humanity and compassion, a creature of opposites, a curious mind, an impulsive, powerful body, and the instincts of a violent criminal….It is impossible not to fall in love with this incarnation of Shelley’s monster.”—Curled Up with a Good Book


Fascinating…[a] remarkable new novel.” —Tucson Citizen


“If you’ve ever read the original story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, or loved movies like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and The Bride, you need to read this novel.”—This Zine

Frankenstein is one of my new favorite books and I have high expectations for novels that attempt to continue the story. This novel reaches and exceeds those expectations beautifully….I absolutely love Frankenstein’s Monster. Susan Heyboer O’Keefe treads the line between mimicking Shelley’s prose and keeping her own identity as an author beautifully. The story ranges from touching to tragic to violent and it all rings true.Revish

The “writing is deep, thoughtful, and thought provoking—indicating a deep understanding of Frankenstein and the best way to frame this story in a new way for modern readers….The monster’s story is compelling, horrifying, and compassionately rendered .” —Linus’s Blanket

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