Book Review: The Madman’s Daughter


veronica | I was intrigued by The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd simply because it’s a spinoff of The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. It had all the elements that make for an excellent novel but I feel somewhere, Shepherd lost her way.

While The Madman’s Daughter is inspired by Wells’ work, we are given an interesting new character in Juliet Moreau. Orphaned at a young age after her mother’s death and father’s disappearance, 16 year old Juliet is left to fend for herself by working just to make ends meet. Yet, she’s strong, intelligent and well ahead of her time. Her forward thinking sets her apart from her peers and often is what draws people in and repulses them.

Following a clue and a hunch, Juliet finds not only her childhood friend Montgomery, but that her father is still alive. While travelling to Dr. Moreau’s island, they rescue a man overboard named Edward.

I wish I could say that I enjoy love triangles that are unnecessary but I can’t. I hate them. Upon the introduction of Edward, I inwardly groaned and knew exactly what was going to happen. Sigh. There were dark and twisted things, many parts were really well written and done, as it’s what kept me going but that one small thing kept this from being perfect.


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January 29, 2013