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, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062128027
0062128027
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 22 cm

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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.

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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mbssmith
Jun 22, 2014

I did not like the main character, Juliet, at all. She made so many bad decisions. This book also had a lot of graphic violence.

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Dzeni
Mar 21, 2014

The writing is creepy and brilliant in the start. Additionally, the heroine, Juliet, starts out strong and intelligent but seems to lose some of her kick-ass aspects one she gets to the island. I find her rather passive as she continuously returns to the fortress even after proclaiming to be done with all the madness. She's constantly thinking about two loves interests even though there's a fantastic mystery and oddness to be solved on the island. The father is a brilliant and despicable character (but I really love it). The science is ridiculous. I can suspend belief to a certain point, but there's no way that human speech should be able to come from an animal's brain and vocal chords.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

I expected this book to be interesting, given that it's based on the gothic thriller The Island of Dr Moreau. I did not expect it to be this good. Written for an intelligent audience, but with enough action to keep from being entirely cerebral, it's an imaginative ride through horror, mystery, love, and the voyage of self-identity.

Juliet is a well-fleshed protagonist, and another example of a great female character role model. She has hope in her, but also darkness, and she fights for her morality and sanity the way that a proper woman should. Unlike some historical fictions, Juliet is believable and yet modern- she's a strong and stubborn female whose knowledge of biology exceeds society's expectation (and there is plausible explanation for that), but she also views the world through the lens that Victorian women would. In other words, the character is relatable and the world is believably Victorian, not modernized for the ease of viewers.

The narrative doesn't shy away from difficult subjects, and although it's vividly described (and some might say gruesome), it isn't gratuitous. Megan Shepherd has landed herself on my favorite authors list with this novel. And did I mention the hundred plot twists and surprises that weave the narrative seamlessly? I read it, cover to cover, in three days.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of classic gothic stories, strong female protagonists, well-executed historical fiction, fans of science and the classic themes of science fiction, and those who enjoy believable romances and surprises.

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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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