Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

Based on the 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, this book certainly isn't for the faint of heart!

The book follows Juliet--Doctor Moreau's daughter--six years after the scandal that ran him out of London, abandoning Juliet and her mother to poverty. Steps away from the streets, Juliet has to work to survive, until signs that her father may be alive and well change everything.

This novel is a thriller in the darkly Gothic tradition. It moves quickly, and with all the strangeness that occurs in this book, you honestly never know what's about to come next. If you the source material this book is based on, you probably know that those who are squeamish should not apply here.

I honestly can't say much without massively spoiling all of the book, but I will say that I was engaged the whole time. I was briefly worried since the typical YA 'love V' does occur here, but I was pleasantly surprised by the turn of events that accompanied it, and will be interested to see now what happens in book 2!


  1. (This is Darith L)

    It does sound like a creepy read. I recently purchased the book, so I'll probably read it soon when I have time. :D

  2. Hmm, this sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review!