by Megan Shepherd
YA Gothic Thriller
Published: January 29th 2013
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 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.
Ok, so now I have to go and read The Island of Dr. Moreau. Talk about creepy at points. I really enjoyed the story line and how the world was build. I'm just not so sure on the characters.
There were times when I liked Juliet, and times when I didn't. Mostly, I wanted to yell at her and tell her to open her eyes. But... Love is blind. Edward was interesting. I wondered at one point about who he was and had thought... maybe... but then changed my mind (you'll understand if you read it - don't want to give a major spoiler away). Hmm... Montgomery. While I like him when he is with Juliet, I don't like him for what he has done when he isn't with her. He seems really selfish and, while concerned for Juliet, not concerned for the right reasons.
It was a decent read and one I would recommend for lite-thriller fans. I will be reading the next book.