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Book Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter - Megan Shepherd

In this re-imagining of The Island of Dr. Moreau, Juliette Moreau is struggling to survive in Victorian London after her father disappeared in the wake of scandal. After discovering her father is alive and well on an island in the South Pacific Juliette flees her own scandal in London with her father's assistant, and her childhood friend, Montgomery. Instead of the apologetic accepting father she hopes to find she discovers that her father has continued his experiments with vivisection and become a delusional madman convinced of his own genius who has created his own horror show of an animal/human species who worship him like a god. Juliette makes plans to escape the island and her father's madness with Montgomery and mysterious cast away Edward but they have to survive the many monstrosities of the island first.After a strong beginning the book gets bogged down in romance about 1/3 of the way through. Some readers may lose patience with Juliette's romantic moans and groans and her flip-flopping between Montgomery and Edward. Despite all that Megan Shepherd is at her best during the suspenseful chaos surrounding a string of horrific murders on the island and the search for the killer. There is a decent twist but the end itself is pretty weak even knowing it's just a plot point to leave us in anticipation of the next installment. Juliette's a smart girl (most of the time) she should know how to paddle a boat.