Summary (from Goodreads)
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. Moreau, The 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.
Spoilers in white.
Why I Read It: I added this one to my DAC list because I'm working on an alternate history piece, so I like to see how other people write about the past--the language they use, the way they describe the clothing. I especially wanted to see how Shepard handled the way women were treated at this time because I'm working through how to craft reactions to the female characters in my story.
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ZOMG Yes! I like that the title of this story upset me, and that the author used that. I'm not usually a fan of story titles about a heroine who is defined by the men in her life. I didn't want to know about the madman's daughter. I wanted to know about Juliet. But it was her association with her father that was one of her primary struggles, and so I think the title worked.
I also liked the ending. SPOILERS (ok not that spoilery, but still): I liked that the ending was unexpected. I liked that Juliet was forced to no longer allow the men in her life to define her but to make her own path. I don't like that Montgomery didn't think about how difficult that would be for her but only thoughtabout himself. Which leads me to my next point...
Hmmm: Montgomery was selfish, and I get that people can be selfish, but it bothered me because he was a primary love interest. But at the same time, I kind of liked it because I think even that was a commentary on the way women and men interacted with each other during this time period.
kthxbai Overall it was a good read, and I'm glad I picked it up. Check it out if you're looking for a 2013 debut.