Sunday, December 28, 2014

Monster on the prowl! The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd #bookreview #horror

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.

Want to check it out for yourself? Click here to find it on Amazon.

Do you read horror? Why or why not? What's your favorite horror novel? Tell me in the comments.

Book Blurb:
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. 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.

About the author:
Megan Shepherd was "born" into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and THE CAGE trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary. 


  1. I've thought of trying this one but hesitate. I wasn't too crazy about Dr. Moreau and the idea of a love triangle or quadrangle is almost too much for me.kind of tired of that. Glad you got a good ending though:)

    1. I hear you Laura. Like I said, it's not typically my preferred type of story either so I can understand your hesitation. If you do decide to read it be sure to come back and let me know what you think. Thanks for taking the time to comment.