The Madman's Daughter (Hardcover)
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November 2012 Indie Next List
“This is Shepherd's inventive reimagining of the H.G. Wells gothic classic, The Island of Doctor Moreau. In this thrilling and masterfully crafted vision of 19th century life, Juliet is caught between the seemingly irreconcilable yet equally prescriptive forces of scientific discovery and human morality. She begins to uncover the extent of her father's scientific experimentation, disturbing the precarious peace on their isolated island home, with dangerous consequences for all of its inhabitants.”
— Courtney Burtraw, Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC
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.
About the Author
Megan Shepherd grew up in her family's independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog, and she wouldn't want to live anywhere else. The Madman's Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity are her first novels.
“A deft twist on a familiar classic, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER has the best of everything: beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance.”
-Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series
“Romantic, haunting, and full of spine-tingling thrills, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER kept me reading late into the night.”
-Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY
“Anyone who doesn’t pick up the next volume is mad!”