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Friday, January 25, 2013

Review THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER by MEGAN SHEPHERD @HarperTeen @megan_shepherd

Book Description

January 29, 2013 Madman's Daughter - Trilogy

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. MoreauThe 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.

About the Author
Megan Shepherd grew up in her family's independent bookstore in North Carolina. An avid reader and world traveler who spent several years in the Peace Corps, Megan now lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina. The Madman's Daughter is her first novel.



Juliet has had her life turned upside down by her father who abandon her mother when she was a young child.  Her mother made do, barely surviving until Juliet turned sixteen and then died of consumption.  With no other way to survive, one of her father's coworkers at a medical university helps get her a job as a maid cleaning up the surgery.  She must deal with a doctor who would like to get to "know" her better and all of the other medical student with whom she has superior knowledge of physiology.  The scandal that caused her father to leave was that he was conducting vivisection.  

Just when Juliet has enough, her childhood friend and her father's protege, Montgomery, appears back in her life and she discovers that her father is still alive.  She demands that he take her to the island where her father is now living.  Yes, the Island of Dr. Moreau!  This heavenly Victorian Gothic plays fast and heavy.  I adored the movie (in all campyness) and this is a great take on the story.  You get all the creepiness through Juliet's eyes as she unravels just what her father has been doing in his experiments.  Of course, everything goes awry and Juliet must decide exactly what is wrong and right in this island world.  

Of course, there is a set up for the obligatory love triangle between her childhood sweetheart of Montgomery and a rescued from the sea Edward.  Edward doesn't appear to be too truthful to me, so I have to read the next book to see if my instincts are correct in this matter.  There is also the matter of her father's "creations" and at the end, there is an amazing twist I didn't see coming.  For that alone, you need to read this book.  Parents:  There is some kissing, some full fledged horror here and a bit of violence.


  1. This one keeps catching my eye. Glad to see you loved it.

  2. You wrote an awesome review! I read it, and when I went to write the review, I knew I couldn't do it justice. I agree with the end. Can't wait for the next one!

  3. Thanks Lauren - I was trying so hard not to give away that twist. When I was reading it, I got that really giddy feeling of fun!



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