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.
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard was a crazy journey. Creepy! I listened to the audiobook which was 12 hours, 53 minutes long, narrated by Lucy Rayner.
- The story was so original, I had no idea where it was going to go and was immensely in love with it from the beginning when Juliette was cleaning the blood of the operating room floor
- I love the time period, the age of petticoats and corsets.
- The love triangle, normally I HATE love triangles, but when this one comes to light it was epic. The whole climax was unnerving!
- Montgomery, oh Montgomery. I loved every little bit of Montgomery!
- The side characters, Alice and Balthazar and other beastly characters were so well created and imagined!
- The world building was neat, the time in London, to the ship, to the island. It was really easy to picture the towns and their inhabitants.
- I am intrigued to start the second book in the series, Her Dark Curiosity, soon!
- This is just a silly gripe, but it was really hard to figure out how the characters could look like the descriptions knowing they were made of animals. I was hung up on the whole “where did the skin come from” situation!