Review: The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde by James L. Rubart

About this Book

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

About the Author

James L. Rubart is a 28 year old trapped in an older man’s body, who loves to water ski and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He’s the bestselling, Christy Books of the Year, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of nine novels, including his latest, The Man He Never Was. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. (Source: Goodreads Author Page)


My Review

This was the first “WOW ME!” book of 2018. Toren’s story can be a lot of our stories. Whether or Mr. Hyde is anger, depression, “insert your biggest struggle here.” Too often our tendency is to try and conquer our problem ourselves.

I don’t want to say a lot more, because I don’t want to give away too much. But I will say I really liked the characters. Each one of them brought so much to the story.

I will admit it took me longer to read this story than I normally take. I think because as I read Toren’s story I kept thinking about my own struggles. And although anger isn’t really my greatest issue, I have similar struggles and could relate to Toren.

As a normal Rubart story it’s a little “out there” but very enjoyable read. If you enjoy this author, you’ll enjoy this story as well. If you are new to Rubart this will give you a great taste of his writing style and his storytelling abilities. Excellent read!

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

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