Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Published: 2013
By: Balzer + Bray
Series: The Madman’s Daughter
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 9780062246110

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.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. MoreauThe 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.
– Excerpts from Goodreads


Juliet Moreau was abandoned with her mother years ago, and when her mother died she was forced to work. An acquaintance of her father managed to acquire work for Juliet in the medical college her father worked in before he was run out of town taking everything good of Juliet’s and leaving nothing but destitution.

Remarkably, I felt very drawn to this book. A very well written story that has made me keen on acquiring a copy of the actual story, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, but also to find a paper-back copy of The Madman’s Daughter. This novel is extremely captivating with vivid details of what Juliet describes of who and what she encounters before, after and during her voyage to be reunited with her father.

I was blown away by the ending, which was extremely unexpected and left me breathless and yelling at my tablet – because the characters in these books talk back, right? As I’m yelling I’m telling the focused-on character that they’re crazy and making a big mistake! I’m a tragic soul. Although, I’ve never read The Island of Dr. Moreau, I will soon and then make a big comparison on what Megan Shepherd used in this book from what H.G. Wells wrote in his; it’s going to be good.

Beautiful story. Gripping. Well-thought out and intense. I’d extremely recommend it. Especially if you enjoy a good historical fiction, spin-off with a little lust and romance, and a little bit of gore tied amongst the chapters.

“We’re all animals! We all fight to survive.”

5 Star signature


About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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10 Responses to Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

  1. kellysamarah says:

    I decided to try this book.

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  3. Man this book sounds even more awesome now! I’ve had a copy since it came out, and for whatever reason just keep passing up on reading it… but I’m totally in the mood for something a little darker, especially if it’s got some great twists. I’m such a sucker for a surprise ending! lol. Awesome review, girl! 🙂

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