One of my Frankfurt Book Fair finds that I was not able to get a copy of is The Angel Maker, described as a literary page-turner about one man’s macabre ambition to create life—and secure immortality. It is already a sensation in the author's native Belgium and it's now been translated into English and will be released December 30 in North America.
From the Penguin Winter 2009 catalog:
The village of Wolfheim is a quiet little place until the geneticist Dr. Victor Hoppe returns after an absence of nearly twenty years. The doctor brings with him his infant children—three identical boys all sharing a disturbing disfigurement. He keeps them hidden away until Charlotte, the woman who is hired to care for them, begins to suspect that the triplets—and the good doctor— aren’t quite what they seem. As the villagers become increasingly suspicious, the story of Dr. Hoppe’s past begins to unfold, and the shocking secrets that he has been keeping are revealed.
A chilling story that explores the ethical limits of science and religion, The Angel Maker is a haunting tale in the tradition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. Brought to life by internationally bestselling author Stefan Brijs, this eerie tale promises to get under readers’ skin.
For fans of Shirley Jackson and Kazuo Ishiguro
Very good reviews of this so far on LibraryThing from those who read it in Flemish. Can't wait!
See what other books bloggers are excited about by visiting Waiting On Wednesday's host Jill's post this week.