The Madman’s Daughter
by Megan Shepherd
My Rating: 3.5 stars
It isn’t often that I will read a book that falls under the Young Adult or New Adult genre but the synopsis caught my interest and I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised.
The main character of the book is Juliet Moreau, 16 years old, living in London England, working as a maid, after her family fell from high society because of a scandal caused by her father. Her father had been rumoured to be carrying on gruesome scientific experiments and soon after the scandal broke, he had disappeared. Everyone shunned Juliet and her mother, all their friends closed their doors to them. Her mother dies shortly after of consumption. Juliet believes herself to be an orphan.
Juliet learns that her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island. Juliet needs to find out if the accusations against her father are true. Is her father a genius or a madman? She travels to the remote island and discovers her father is experimenting on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Juliet is curious and torn between the horror of his experiments and her own scientific curiosity.
There is also romance – a love triangle… between a prior servant named Montgomery whom Juliet has known and adored since her childhood and Edward, a Prince, who is rescued from the sea by the boat Juliet travels to the island on. Juliet is attracted and drawn to both of them. Montgomery and Edward are both drawn to Juliet and both claim to love her, but in very different ways.
This book is 420 pages but goes quickly! It is fast paced and will keep you up reading into the night. The ending is unexpected and I love that, especially when it comes to romantic plot lines. It is well worth reading.
Favourite Quotes From The Madman’s Daughter
I’d come all this way to find out which man he was – the madman or the misunderstood genius – but already I could see that it wouldn’t be so simple. This was a living person, not some theory I’d decided to test. (pg. 106)
I realized that he had charmed me, just like he charmed everyone. I’d thought I was so clever. I thought I could see past his manipulations. But I’d heard only what I wanted to. (pg. 170)