Drood by Dan Simmons, a dark compelling tale that blends real events from Charles Dickens life with the story of his unfinished manuscript, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Wilkie Collins acts as narrator as his friend, Charles Dickens, slips ever further into the dark side of London life after meeting the unsavory Edwin Drood in the aftermath of a train wreck. Opium dens, fiends from the underworld, men with too many mistresses all take a part.
The story is gripping and involves two of the greatest talents of their day using quite a bit of real biographical detail from their lives. There is drama and suspense, starting with the very real train wreck. This is a page turner!— Deon Stonehouse
February 2009 Indie Next List
“Spell-binding and macabre, Drood introduces us to a never-before-seen Charles Dickens and his London, both hiding dark secrets. Wilkie Collins is an engrossing narrator, alternately adoring and dismissing his friend and mentor, unable to extricate himself from the developing web of Dickens' strange schemes yet never fully crediting what is happening before his own eyes. A magnificent blend of literary fiction and unsettling thriller, Drood will keep you up at night.”
— Jenn Northington, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?
Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), Drood explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, Drood is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.