I was shopping for some craft books when I came across this one which was on special. It intrigued me so I picked it up in spite of the fact that horror is not typically my preferred genre. It has been one of the print books on my to-read list for quite some time.
I have to admit that I've been reading this one for about a month off and on. I've finally finished it. The author says this book was inspired by H. G. Wells's classic novel The
Island of Dr. Moreau. I readily admit I've never read that one.
The science in this book is not accurate, but is probably similar to that from Wells's novel. If you ignore that and move on to the story itselt, it is interesting. A mad scientist playing God, horrific creatures, an unknown monster on the prowl, and a love triangle/quadrangle.
Juliet is a bit juvenile in her behavior which is eye-roll worthy at times, but hey - some people are. Who said heroines have to be admirable?
I did have to put it down a couple of times due to my own reactions to the tension Shepherd (no relation to me) built.
The ending was - better than I expected. When it ended I had hoped for a tiny epilogue, but have since found that there are two more books about Juliet following this one which I'm sure would satisfy my curiosity. Will I read them? If I had them in my collection I probably would, but I'm probably not going to buy them. Too many books, too little time.
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Do you read horror? Why or why not? What's your favorite horror novel? Tell me in the comments.
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.
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