How far would one go to bring back a lost love?
“Alchemy” is an historical psychological tale of mystery, murder and suspense and reveals an extraordinary decade in the life of a talented, sweet young and innocent boy, as he transforms into a monster.
In Victorian London, England, close to the end of the 19th century, a young artist unravels what he believes to be the formula for immortality and raising the dead, prescribed in an ancient tome: Alchemy.
Just when he cracks the secret code for the final components of his elixir, his mistress and inspiration, dies. His life is devastated, his mind fragile. He knows he has the power to revive her. But obtaining the last ingredients means resorting to murder, taking innocent lives.
He just has to decide whose.
His only surviving model, infatuated with this painter of her portrait, attends the trial of the century, where she finally learns someone got away with murder.
Alchemy:a story of perfect murder is the authors first novel though he has written many screenplays.
The very first chapter in this book had me squirming in my seat due to the content. The story for me is a mixture of horror/thriller and courtroom drama. The story alternates between the trial of Jacob a painter and Alchemist and to events that have lead up to the trial.
The story is set close to the end of the 19th century and a round the same time that Jack the Ripper was alive. I don’t really read many stories that are set this far back but I loved the darkness that surrounded the whole story. Even the trial chapters, not being a big fan of legal thrillers, fascinated me. The author for me has got the balance of the trial and the lead up spot on as it works really well.
Quite disturbing in places, Alchemy, literally grabs you from the very first chapter. There are even a few twists especially towards the end. The only character that really stood out to me was Jacob himself. He is a very troubled soul and is very easily mislead. Overall the characters are all believable in their roles and for the timing that the story is set.
The story brought visions of Frankenstein and Jack the Ripper himself to my mind, so I think any fans of these will especially like this book.
Many thanks to the author for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I certainly look forward to reading more of his work.