Classic Gothic horror gets new life in Megan Shepherd’s stunning debut, The Madman’s Daughter — a new twist on The Island of Dr. Moreau.
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’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.
Gorgeously written, with lush prose, intriguing characters, and a multi-layered plot that still offers plenty of twists and surprises for fans of H.G. Wells — The Madman’s Daughter is truly a new masterpiece that is as perfectly at home among today’s YA paranormal as it would be with the classic horror novels of Wells’ time.
Shepherd sucks you in from page one, and the pace of her horrifying yet captivating tale never slackens. Readers will race toward the ending, and then linger over the pages as they piece together this shattering conclusion — and anticipate what will come in the sequel.
The Madman’s Daughter is the kind of book that will find fans among many readers — because there really is something for everyone. Romance, mystery, horror, action, science fiction, history … I could go on, but the real fun in reading this book is discovering each new tantalizing element as it comes along.
The Madman’s Daughter is the first in a planned trilogy. It is now in stores.