By Megan Shepherd
Book #1 of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy
3.75 out of 5 stars
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.
Oh boy…that ending just broke my heart 💔💔💔
This is kind of European settlement + Lord of the Flies + Frankenstein.
There are some slow parts but it was really interesting to see the big reveal of the monsters and what/who exactly they are. I loved the remote setting as well. I actually didn’t mind the romance triangle since I saw that there was a reason for it. I’ll read the sequel soon since it definitely gave me some Halloween vibes…and the ending…I need to know what happens now