The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Juliet Moreau is living on her own in Victorian London, scrubbing floors and hallways for the learned men her family once walked among. She is both tormented and disgusted by the memory of her father, whose experiments with animals and vivisection forced him to flee England and leave Juliet and her late mother with no money and a shamed reputation. The world believes her father dead, but Juliet has her own suspicions, which prove true when her father’s assistant and her childhood friend, Montgomery, appear. Juliet accompanies Montgomery to the island her father now calls home, where she discovers that they are not alone. The island is inhabited by the end result of her father’s experiments: animals torn apart and stitched back together to resemble, talk, and behave as humans, with Juliet’s father as their lord and master. When her father’s experiments begin to be viciously murdered and her father’s behavior becomes more deranged than ever, Juliet must face the terrors she has fought for so long and free the island from the madness of her father, who thinks himself a god. Based on H.G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd offers a slow-moving gothic nightmare and love story with quietly powerful storytelling language. Juliet proves not to be the typical horror-story victim, but a heroine whom readers will gladly follow as she overcomes the horrors of her past. A great book to read on a stormy night-but be warned-you might not want to turn off your light.