Series: The Madman's Daughter #2
Published by Balzar + Bray on January 28, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.
Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.
As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.
As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.
With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.
~ The Madman’s Daughter was based on The Island of Dr. Moreau, but this time Juliet’s life is going through a similar parallel to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I really enjoy Shepherd’s re-imagining of these creepy classics!
~ I’m glad we’re of the island and back in London. Opening up in the poorer section of the town, with people freezing to death being a common occurrence, really sets the time frame of the story perfectly.
~ Since leaving the island, Juliet’s illness has gotten worse and she struggles to find a cure. I find this delightfully macabre. It’s not like she’s just crushing up rose petals and Valerian root.
~ Juliet is earning some extra money by genetically engineering a rose bush to produce both white and red roses. Definitely not your average YA heroine.
~ I love the imagery of comparing the beasts that roamed island to the dangers of a young woman walking the streets of London at night.
~ And we have our first murder! I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that he was the solicitor that took away the Moreau family fortune. Right?
~ Juliet is also stealing from her generous and kind benefactor in order to pay for her experiments. I’m not happy with this behavior, but I love that Juliet is morally corrupt at times. It adds to the complexity of her character.
~ Juliet is once more hanging out with her friend Lucy, and one of Lucy’s suiters, John Newcastle, is also in charge of the recent murders.
~ I don’t want to leak any spoilers, but I will say this: I love the layers of this story! I was really impressed at how Shepherd not only ties this story to the first book, but also keeps the plot in the spirit of the classic it’s based on. Not that you have to be familiar with The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but it will add to your reading if you are.
~ Once again, I’m torn between the love interests. I’m okay with this.
~ Despite what I just wrote about the love interests, Juliet’s story is so much more than what boy she falls in love with. It isn’t that she’s not capable of love, it’s more that she’s very practical in nature. I like that she doesn’t sit pining for the boy who chose the island over her, although she misses him, their time together doesn’t define her whole reason for being.
~ I really loved the cover of The Madman’s Daughter, it’s one of my all time favorites. I quite like this one too, but I wish it had the same aged(?) look to it.
Juliet Moreau- our tough, smart and resourceful heroine is off the island and back in London.
Montgomery- the boy who stayed behind in the island but who is very much still in Juliet’s heart.
Edward Prince- one of Juliet’s father’s creation, very much in love with her.
Professor von Stein- a former colleague of Dr. Moreau, he’s Juliet’s legal guardian.
Lucy Radcliffe- Juliet’s bff, has many admirers.
Dr. Hastings- attacked Juliet in the first book, has her arrested when she returns to London, and is basically a pile of rapist poo.
Elizabeth- von Stein’s niece. She’s from a rural area and she’s a doctor- pretty rare for those times. She’s a bit of a mystery, but there’s something about her character that I was immediately interested in.
John Newcastle- police investigator and Lucy’s suitor.
Henry- another of Lucy’s admirers.
Sharkey- a totally adorable stray mutt who follows Juliet around (possible because she has bits of liver in her skirts).
The Wolf of Whitechapel- murderer.
Oh, there are a lot! But most are spoilers, so don’t worry if you don’t understand. You will when read the book yourself. 😉
The first one was when Juliet visits Lucy and meets one of her suitors. I perhaps figured out a few pages prior to the reveal what a plot twist was.
Brain in a hatbox.
The losing of the v-card. Did not see that coming. At all.
And the twist at the very end. I feel like I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t. That was not the secret that I thought a character was hiding.
Stop the Clock:
Great sequel! I loved it even more than the first book. I am so excited by ending and set up for the final book!
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