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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.

The Madman's Daughter

by Megan Shepherd

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The Madmen's Daughter is one of those books that a lot of people will love, and a lot of people will hate, and for a lot of reasons.  Which side you are on depends on if you love Madmen's inspiration--H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau.  The author takes abundant creative license with Wells' original story, which was not appreciated by me as a H.G. Wells fan.  However, the gothic style will appeal to many readers, and the plot is well crafted with an exciting mystery and plenty of plot twists to keep the reader engaged.  The romance...well the romance will be one of those love/hate factors.  Personally, it was very reminiscent of the Twilight saga (one of the characters is even named Edward).  Once again, however, readers of the Twilight saga probably will enjoy this aspect of the novel.  Now, the ending may frustrate readers...or it may not when they find out that there are two more books in the trilogy. However conflicting The Madman's Daughter was, there is no questioning the craft that went into the story and the surprises it will bring to any reader.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 24 religious exclamations; 6 mild obscenities; 3 religious profanities; 1 derogatory name.


Violence/Gore category:  Multiple scenes involving surgery/dissection of living and dead animals, involving blood and graphic descriptions of blood, beating hearts, etc.  Several fight scenes involving guns, animals, and various sharp implements resulting in death or severe injury.  Several scenes can be considered scary.


Sex/Nudity: Characters kiss and cuddle; a character is nude in a dream and kisses another character in said dream while nude; a character threatens to commit lewd acts on another character.

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Genetic manipulation, human experimentation, animal abuse, bioethics.

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Characters drink and smoke.

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