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.
So I've been in quite a reading funk for awhile now, it's been months since I to really been able to finish a book. There was a lot riding on The Madman's Daughter to help get me out of my rut and I was not disappointed. I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, but there was something about this that drew me to it. Most likely the cover, I admit I'm a cover addict.
The Madman's Daughter started off dark and just got even more twisted the deeper I got into it, which kept me completely engrossed until the end. I don't think I've ever read something with such a creepy tone to it before so it was a nice change from my normal comfort zone.
The story starts off in London with an orphaned Juliet working as a maid after her family's fall from grace from the scandalous rumor of the true nature of her father's experiments. While at a party she sees something by chance that leads her to believe that her father is alive and sets her off on the journey to find him and to find out if he's the monster everyone says he is or the father she once knew.
There is quite a few disturbingly vivid scenes throughout the story that were very well written and make you feel like you're right there with Juliet. While there is a love triangle in the story it wasn't the main focus of the plot and I didn't mind it at all. The ending of the book had some elements that I didn't see coming, at all, I think I'm losing my touch. When is was over I wanted more and I needed sit for a little bit to fully absorb everything that happened, then had to check where I was on the hold list for that I will now impatiently wait for.