Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

This is a fabulous book. I hope that by classifying it as YA it gets the respect and readership it deserves.  Why is it YA?  Because the protagonist happens to be sixteen? Juliet goes from being out on the streets and possibly having to be a prostitute to make a living to running for her life on a tropical island. If  you liked The Island of Dr. Moreau, you will like this!
Shepherd is planning a trilogy, she says, "The second one is based off of Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and the third one is Frankenstein. It’s the same story, the same characters and everything."  I am looking forward to these also.

From the author's website: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid and trying to forget 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's alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she's determined to find out if the accusations were true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the secret of her father's new life: he experiments on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. 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 Doctor 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.
Here is a fantastic interview with North Carolina's own Megan Shepherd here on  This book has been optioned so we may see a movie out of this one.  It will be exciting!

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