Try an audiobook on us

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)
Regular price: £32.09
£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

New year, new you! Don't miss this monster of a New York Times best-seller, a stunning and dark reimagining of Frankenstein that internationally best-selling author Stephanie Garber raves is "exquisitely disturbing". 

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. 

An NPR best book of the year. A Chicago Public Library best book of the year.

"A masterful and monstrous retelling." (Stephanie Garber, number-one New York Times and internationally best-selling author of Caraval and Legendary)

"Inescapably compelling." (Victorial Schwab, number-one New York Times best-selling author of This Savage Song)

"An inventive, grotesque, and completely unexpected reimagining of Frankenstein. Mary Shelley would be proud." (Mackenzi Lee, New York Times best-selling author of The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue)

©2018 Kiersten White (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic reviews

“If you read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and thought the ladies in that were getting a bad deal, then this is the book you've been waiting for.... White is unafraid to dig in the graveyard and piece together a creature of her own design out of old parts, and the resulting tale is dark and chilling.” (NPR)

"This novel indeed descends to “dark and hellish” depths, but captivated readers will avidly plumb them in the company of the complicated and compelling Eliza­beth Frankenstein." (Horn Book)

“In this clever retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, White neatly undercuts the original by making Victor’s narrative wildly unreliable...this character-driven novel with a healthy amount of gore should appeal to horror fans, too.” (Booklist)    

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marykatherine Meyer
  • 02-02-19

Engrossing

Fantastic novel. I was captivated from the first chapter. Wonderful narrator and such a great story - especially if you’re a Frankenstein fan but wished for more women.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tre Thomas
  • 18-01-19

A pleasant surprise

I went into this book thinking it would just be a retelling with a slight twist. It was so much more. I devoured this book. Katharine McEwans narration truly brought the characters to life. Anyone who wants to know more about the Frankenstein family, and a different perspective on Victor should definitely give this a read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anneli Bartholdy
  • 27-12-18

Too good to stop listening

The evolution of Elizabeth, Viktor, and the concept of being a monster is so well written. I loved this story for how it thinks all the pieces together from beginning to end

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • katie yamauchi
  • 11-12-18

I love this book

Holy crap, this was amazing. I caught myself yelling at Elizabeth at certain sections, rooting for her in others. This is wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gail
  • 11-12-18

Perfect

the narration is not only flawless,the wa accents are spot on. the writing is sharp, perceptive. startlingly funny at times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary R.
  • 16-11-18

Loved it! Narrator was amazing.

Perfect blend of horror and thriller. I hope there will be more like this, a possible series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • PirateGirl
  • 14-11-18

loved it!

Really enjoyed this. As an English teacher, I thought I knew how it was going to go, but I was wrong. It'll keep you hooked and guessing until the end!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Beckersly
  • 06-11-18

Different and Lovely

I am a big fan of the Frankenstein novel. I was nervous and excited about this release from Kiersten White retelling the tale from a different perspective. However, from the very start....even the dedication...this book was wonderful. It was beautifully written and narrated.
I loved hearing this tale from Elizabeth's point of view. I loved the small changes and the possible expanded details of the original story.
I would recommend this to all fans of Frankenstein, even if you are only fairly familiar with the original story- this is one not to miss!
Mary Shelley would be proud!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Carin
  • 23-12-18

pretty good 3.2

the beginning started out really good and even the some of the middle was good but towards the end and up until the big reveal at the end it did feel a little flat but it is a good short Thriller (I definitely would not call it horror) book

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kaleigh
  • 15-12-18

A Shockingly Great Book!

This book came out of nowhere for me. It was a instinct but, and I’m so glad it paid off! It was everything I wanted it to be. It was sad, gory, creepy, and mysterious. I thought Elizabeth was a very complex and real character. She was unlikeable at some points, but that was the point. However, it was very slow during most of the book. It also had a lot of mysterious which were really simple to guess ahead of the time. Lastly, the ending was.. I don’t know. It wasn’t my favorite. Despite all of this, I really enjoyed the time I spent on this book!