Initial Thoughts: I was so excited when I won an advanced copy of this book from the Goodreads giveaway. I love novels that take place in the Victorian era, especially classic novels that were written during the 1800s in Victorian England. The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray is a retelling of Oscar Wilde’s novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray, with a twist.
Bryony Gray is becoming famous as a painter in London art circles. But life isn’t so grand. Her uncle keeps her locked in the attic, forcing her to paint for his rich clients . . . and now her paintings are taking on a life of their own, and customers are going missing under mysterious circumstances.
When her newest painting escapes the canvas and rampages through the streets of London, Bryony digs into her family history, discovering some rather scandalous secrets her uncle has been keeping, including a deadly curse she’s inherited from her missing father. It turns out, Bryony has accidentally unleashed the Gray family curse, and it’s spreading fast.
With a little help from the strange-but-beautiful girl next door and her paranoid brother, Bryony sets out to break the curse, dodging bloodthirsty paintings, angry mobs and her wicked uncle along the way.” – Goodreads
As I had mentioned, The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray is a retelling of Oscar Wilde’s novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Rest assured, you don’t really need to have read The Portrait of Dorian Gray before reading this book. I still haven’t read Wilde’s novel, and I was able to read this novel without feeling as if I were missing out. Of course, for whatever reason, I completely neglected to notice there was a connection between Bryony Gray and Dorian Gray until I was midway through the book (call it a reader’s forgetfulness).
Bryony Gray wishes she could be an ordinary girl Continue reading