Eddie Hyde is an ex-con who’s released on parole and is determined to go straight. His new boss, Cruz, makes Hyde’s life a nightmare, but Hyde knows he has to keep his nose clean and stay out of trouble. He develops a crush on his parole officer, but keeps that in check too. When a chance encounter puts Hyde in contact with a high rolling drug dealer Hyde finds himself dipping into what he thinks is a minor recreational drug one night as a way to relieve some of his stress. When crazy things begin happening to Hyde he has to figure out a way to make it stop before he finally spirals out of control for good.
This was a fun book. It was a unique spin on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde. Adding a super marijuana and some new fangled chemistry to the plot made it more current. There’s a certain amount of violence, swearing and sexual reference in Hyde that readers might want to be aware of, but nothing too severe in my opinion. A gritty story calls for some gritty dialogue and I’d classify this book as dark and gritty.
Mr. Friedman is an adept storyteller. He does a good job of laying out a firm plot foundation and does a nice job with character development. Hyde is a short book and it took me less than a day to read it. I appreciated the ending and found it to be a satisfying conclusion to the story.
4 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton