The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Frankenstein retold from the perspective of Victor Frankenstein’s bride Elizabeth Lavenza.
Review: I wasn’t sure what I expected going in to this book but holy shit did it blow me away. The book reframed the Frankenstein story with Victor as a narcissist sociopath. I really liked how White took a fairly minor character from the original book and told the whole book from her perspective.
Even if you haven’t read Frankenstein before, the novel is easy to follow. I don’t think prior knowledge of the original is necessary– although most people know the general gist of it which I think is all the basic info you would need.
I loved the character development we see throughout the book, both with Elizabeth and Victor. I also loved that the character Mary from the first part of the novel returns and becomes a much bigger part. I liked her a lot and I liked her friendship with Elizabeth. The family Elizabeth finds and creates for herself at the end, it was very touching to see her learn to be herself and not someone she’s created to please people.
It had a lot of good elements to it, part gothic and part thriller. I was invested with this book from the very beginning. It really drew me in and I kept wanting more. I think this is most definitely a book that I would want to reread.
Recommendation: I think this retelling does justice to the original book. This was a really fun and exciting book, one I think fans of Frankenstein should pick up.