Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 25th, 2018 by Delacorte Press
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.
Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.
But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a retelling of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, told from the viewpoint of Elizabeth. I haven't read the original classic, I was wanting to read it before this book, someday soon.
I had a problem with the pacing of this book. The beginning was a bit slow for me, then it picked up and was so much interesting. The slow start may be that it was very character driven, and the plot wasn’t very interesting. Elizabeth is basically searching for Victor throughout Ingolstadt, which took way too long for her to find him. But, once Elizabeth finds Victor, that is when the story really begins and kept me engrossed until the end. There were plot twists throughout the book that took me by surprise.
This is the first book I’ve read by Kiersten White and I did like how she wrote about the abusive relationship between Victor and Elizabeth. I also enjoyed that another woman, Mary, was there to help Elizabeth escape the relationship. Although, I was puzzled about why Elizabeth had developed any affections towards Victor and not Henry. The relationship between Victor and Elizabeth was far from romantic.
For such a short book it was memorable, especially the ending. It’s a good book for the Halloween season.