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The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
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.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
The first third? It was all kinds of awesome. It pieces together creepy places with people doing dumb things despite knowing better; plus laboratories and scary, scary moments with furry little things. This is all beside, creepy men and younger boys who really should know better. It was almost too much! Except I wish I hadn’t said so because in came the second part… which had me wondering, WHY? Love triangles have gotten so dull! However, set it aside as I did and accept it for what it was then read on because things do get interesting, with a girl and her secrets and love interests with secrets of their own. It’s the last third part when the living are getting torn to bits by god knows what. That and the big twist in the end upped my rating two stars over. Yes, the ending was just that good.
Things start all angsty and sad with her living as she was, remembering things in the best possible light, recalling the positive and the good that there was and trying to set aside the less than savory details. But beyond her memories, there’s her day to day as well. Alongside, we’ve got Montgomery, the boy who knew her and more plus Edward, the mysterious one. So you can probably tell with that set up: love triangle, right? Them vying for her attention and snarling at each other over her (in a respectable gentlemanly way, of course) I could have done without ... especially with Juliet starting strong and smart and aware then going on to this person swinging from one boy to the other in her head with little time to pause in between.
Beyond the three, we’ve got her father and host of other secondary characters who bring home the point that things in this tale could get dark and twisted, and thus fantastic. Who they were? How’s they come to be? I was with Juliet: aware of the answer but unsure if I wanted to go there, but when there, slightly repulsed, but hesitantly awed.
Clever twists fill this one, too Sure you can predict them, but most of them are handled all so…cleverly that you let slide the things that mark them for what they are… and get carried along anyway, that ending especially!
Thank you Edelweiss!
And since I suck at math… 4.5/5 it is!
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