The Madman's Daughter

The Madman's Daughter

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Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062128027
0062128027
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Shepherd
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 22 cm

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Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle. This is followed by Her Dark Curiosity and A Cold Legacy.


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Tehrissa
May 30, 2019

Oy... this book.

Let's start with the good:
*I loved the premise. Who doesn't love a creepy story about a girl with a mad scientist for a father?! It's a great premise.
*I liked the twists and turns in this book. (view spoiler)
*I felt that both Edward and Montgomery were wonderfully developed characters.

So why is this rating only 2 stars? Juliet who, for all intents and purposes, started out as this wonderful, rebellious, smart young heroine ended up being this whiny, lovesick mess. I have nothing against romance, I have nothing against love triangles, what I take issue with is this boiling down of our protagonist to nothing but a stereotype. I wanted more of the gore and creepiness only capable by the madman's unwavering desire for the advancement of his awful science and Juliet's turmoil in understanding her father's work.

That end though? That was mean but excellent. And now I have to read the second one because I'm not a quitter.

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zoeythekat
Jan 16, 2019

This book was beautifully written. I loved the narrative voice and the protagonist's internal struggle. It was suspenseful and engaging, full of cool turns that kept me invested as each piece of the mystery unfolded.

I should note, though, that some elements of the story really aggravated my anxiety. While not an outright horror, there are a few parts that pretty creepy.

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susan_findlay
Jun 27, 2018

Suspenseful, creative and well-written. Admittedly, I haven't read The Island of Dr Moreau (yet; this book has peaked my interest) but I'm assuming that the majority of the island setting can be attributed to H.G. Wells.

Regardless, Juliet's story stands alone in the pre-existing setting. What initially seems like it may be a typical historical romance evolves into a suspenseful story of self-discovery.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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Puppylover60
Sep 03, 2017

I loved this book a lot more than I thought I would, Juliet is a unique character with a unique perspective of the world around her. The pacing of this book was really good because Shepard wasn't rushing things but at the same time she wasn't dragging things.There were plot twists in this book that I didn't see coming at all but there are some that I saw coming. all in all it was an amazing book

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SashaE
Mar 26, 2016

Wow! This was a very interesting book that I enjoyed very much, A good read,It was haunting, And I wanted to read more, After the book ended, A bit confusing at some points, But very well written, And very eerie, I even liked the cover, This is a VERY! Interesting book, That I recommend.

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angellemarcs
Aug 05, 2015

For those of you who have not read The Island of Dr. Moreau, this is a decent alternative. Told from the perspective of his neglected daughter, it stays fairly true to the feel and premise of the classic horror story. 

Gothic and graphic at times, this book embodies the themes and horror that thrilled me long ago when I read the orginal. Juliet is a well rounded young woman who even surrounded by horrors seems to find two men to fall in love with. Got to love those triangles. Besides that, the books is just the good kind of creepy and dark you would expect from reading Moreau. I am hoping the second one mirrored from Jeckle and Hyde can do the same justice

FindingJane Feb 21, 2015

Darkly brooding as a gothic novel, seething with pent-up passions like a Harlequin romance, “The Madman’s Daughter” is a brilliant re-exploration of H.G. Wells’s classic “The Island of Doctor Moreau”. It also touches slyly upon another 19th-century work, as well as taking inspiration from Shakespeare.

With its deceptive cover of an anorexic girl in a billowing dress, “The Madman’s Daughter” could be mistaken easily for just another forgettable YA novel. But it’s more erudite than it appears, forcing the reader and the protagonist to confront the quiet wickedness that lies in every human soul even as it explores the boundaries and restrictions of human love.

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Chapel_Hill_RuthL
Feb 19, 2015

In 1896, H.G. Wells conceived an idea of a strange island lost in the Pacific and ruled by a brilliant, deranged man. His name was Dr. Moreau. Megan Shepherd’s debut novel takes it’s inspiration from the classic work and spins its own web of mystery and horror as the long-abandoned Juliet Moreau, daughter to the infamous doctor, finds herself reunited with her father on his island. Shepherd’s Juliet is willful, determined and not easily dismissed by the male dominated cast: her father, who expects a more obedient daughter, her childhood love, Montgomery, who keeps too many of secrets and the mysterious Edward who gentlemanly demeanor feels just slightly…off. The Madman’s Daughter pays homage to Wells’ work while remaining fresh and vital as an original work. Even for those familiar with the classic work, Shepherd offers a dynamic thriller, a conflicted narrator, an untrustworthy band of supporting characters and an unseen ending. Fans will eager to look for Shepherd’s next work in the coming trilogy, Her Dark Curiosity and the conclusion A Cold Legacy.

ChristineT_RPL Dec 11, 2014

This is an adaptation of “The Island of Dr. Mauro.” Our main character, Juliet Moreau is the daughter of a prominent doctor who went from being respected to being part of a scandal involving vivisection - that is dissecting creatures while they are still alive, so gross.
Juliets father has disappeared and so Juliet has done her best to take care of herself. She has a job as a maid in a medical school. One day she catches some students trying a vivisection late one night, she stops them and in the process they drop a drawing and instructions for this and she recognizes that this is one of her fathers. She is them led to finding her father’s servant, the dreamy Montgomery. He reluctantly takes her with him to her fathers island.
Once on the island the reader finds themselves in a strange place where the “natives” resemble animals. There is also a fun love triangle here.

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StephFurlan
Oct 29, 2014

I had mixed feelings about the main character, Juliet. There are instances where she takes charge, standing up to an attacker and protecting the weak. That’s the kind of character I can root for. Even when she acts a little docile, I was more understanding since it was expected of Victorian women to be completely prim and proper. But what bothered me the most was her indecisiveness. She couldn’t make up her mind who she liked more—Montgomery or Edward. I think it was unfair of her to get involved with both of them. I understand it was meant to create tension in the novel, but I would have rather had more tension created via the murders on the island, dimming down the romance and turning the notch up on the suspense and horror.

Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/review-the-madmans-daughter/

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UnwrittenMadness
Jul 16, 2015

“Paranoia had crept into that part of my brain usually reserved for reason.”

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UnwrittenMadness
Jul 16, 2015

“Dead flesh and sharpened scalpels didn't bother me. I was my father's daughter, after all. My nightmares were made of darker things.”

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