Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Review - The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde by James L. Rubart

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When Toren Daniels disappeared eight months ago, his family were a bit relieved and started to move on. While he was a supportive and kind father, he had a short temper that he could no longer control. Little things would cause Toren to go into a fit of anger. When Toren shows up out of the blue at their home, they are shocked to see him alive but still angry over the hurt he has caused. Toren tells them that he has changed, but he has done so in the past with little results to show for it.

However,  Toren and the family start to notice little changes in him upon his return. He started to become kind, patient, understanding and fun to be around. He is no longer the angry father and husband his family knew him as. While is he is learning to become a better person, pieces of his old hostile personalities are starting to break through. Will Toren be able to keep his anger in check? How did he manage to control his anger?

I have read the classic "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Frankenstein" while reading another book by the author. The first few chapters I was completely captivated, but then towards the middle of the book, it started getting boring and repetitive. The story became predictable and in some parts, hard to follow. I also had a tough time liking any of the characters. The wife was upset when Toren showed his anger, but she would do things to purposely make him lose his anger. Toren, who grew up in an abusive relationship with his father didn't like what his father was doing to his family, but yet Toren continues to treat his family in the same way. I also found it annoying that they made Toren chose either his family or his chance to play in the NFL. It made it seem that for him to become a better person he only had to focus on his family.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion**

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