Title: The Madman’s Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
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 rumours 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.
This book was physically impossible for me to put down. I had school assignments to finish yesterday but I literally kept opening it again and again, telling myself that I will read just one more chapter. But I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. The growing intensity in the book literally had me sitting at the edge of my seat, hurrying to find out more of what happens. At one point in the book you don’t know who’s a real human and who’s a creation of the doctor. There are so many twists in this book and I love it. The haunting and eery vibe of the book really reminds me of the Mara Dyer trilogy. There are a lot of creepy things that go on in this book, which add to the intensity. It is more thrilling, creepy and eery than it is downright scary. It does have a psychological touch to it, so if you’re one for a fast-paced story, this one might not be the book for you.
The main character in this book, Juliet Moreau, is somewhat similar to Mara Dyer. Mara Dyer has the ability to kill people, though it is not always her direct intention. Juliet, on the other hand, is the daughter of a (mad) scientist/doctor, who grew up listening to the screams of the animals her father cut up for his research/experiments. After finding out the truth about her father and realizing the rumours of the scandal are true, Juliet deep down senses that she is somewhat just like her father, with her curiosity. Although she doesn’t always act on her thoughts and curiosity, you can see the resemblance of her father in her throughout the book.
As always, there is a love interest in this book as well, two actually. Love triangle. Montgomery is their servants son, who is two years older than Juliet. Edward, the castaway, is one of her fathers creation, which you later find out in the book, who falls in love with Juliet. I loved Montgomery from the start, he was just so calm and innocent-hearted in his core. On the other hand, I always suspected that Edwards big bad secret would be related to the doctor and his experiments. I WAS RIGHT. What I didn’t like about this book though, was how she couldn’t make her mind between the two for the longest time ever. She kept switching from one to the other. Minus the love triangle, this book is an amazing read.
Another thing that makes this book so good is the doctor’s determination to be right and perfect his creations. He is so far gone that there is absolutely no hope for bettering him, no sign of redemption, hence why Juliet leaves him to die in the end of the book and escapes the island. He is insane, twisted, there’s hell everywhere, he does things you can’t even imagine. Imagine Lord Voldemort (with his obsession) and Klaus Mikaelson (his anger, madness) put into one person. What do you get? Dr. Monreau.