Book Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Posted November 6, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan ShepherdThe Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Series: Madman's Daughter #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-12-23
Genres: Europe, Historical, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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For fans of Libba Bray, this first book in a gothic suspense trilogy is inspired by H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau and has been hailed by New York Times bestseller Carrie Ryan as having

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 is based off of the psychological thriller “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” This novel is told through the thought, feelings, and eyes of Dr. Moreau’s daughter Juliet. The way Shepherd writes the story, she brings more perspective and insight to the traditional story of “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” The reader gets to learn a whole new view of the mosterious and intersting creatures that Dr. Moreau creates.

“The Madman’s Daughter” starts off really good. I feel like the story slowing starts to take a turn, not neccesarily for the worse, but it is more like it begins to drag on and on. Juliet’s father, who was previously persumed dead, ended up fleaing to an island that was out of the country leaving Juliet and her mother to take care of themselves. When her mother dies, Juliet ends up working as part of a janitorial staff for a medical school that one of her father’s colleages got for her. Juliet happens to run into some medical students that are performing a surgery based off of oen of ther father’s papers. Juliet decides to investigate to see what is going on. Maybe her father is alive?

Juliet then finds Montogmery, the servant boy that she grew up with that disappeared around the time that her father did. Montogmery explains to Juliet that he ended up leaving with her fathe rand they have been living on an island ever since. Juliet finding out that her father is alive insists on going with him to this island. On there way to the island they find a man dying on a boat, so they decide to bring him aboad and take him with them to the island. The boy’s name is Edward and after her father threatens him, Edward seems to stay pretty close to the island compound. Then on top of the Juliet’s father is not insistent on trying to pair Edward and Juliet together.

As the story goes on the reader finds out little by little what is really going on in this isolated island. Creatures are dying and no one seems to know what monster is going around killing them. Bodies are just piling up and Juliet wants to know who could be killing so many creatures. I was very intrigued by the story and I plan on continuing the series to see what ends up happening to Juliet. Since this is a debut novel for Shepherd, I am curious to see how her writing will imporve. I don’t think this is a bad story at all. I liked the story a lot, it was jsut really slow paced. Hopefully the writing improves. If you are one that is in to creepy stories defintiely check this one out.


About Megan Shepherd


I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park

ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a


I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains

of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’

independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many

free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real

career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service

officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied

French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of

those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in

Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut

with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if

you’re curious, here are the dirty details.

It wasn’t until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, “have you ever

considered being a writer?” that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband

encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children’s literature

in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and

Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to

write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t

require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or

hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so

please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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