The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Balzer + Bray
Format: Paperback, 420 pages
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars [DNF]

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

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.

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.

head desk
this is all but the reaction you will get
from this reader who’d rather soon forget
this novel’s hype ran at a fever pitch
but it gave me hives and made me itch.
it could’ve been so good
and I’d imagine most of you loved it
as you should
but I really could not digest
a love triangle is not what I behest
i’m sorry I could no longer continue
i’m sorry my enthusiasm you couldn’t renew
a heroine whose heart was not in it
but for two boys – I just don’t get it.
i’m sure there’s more to this story
but I’ve already invested my time – surely!
i have thousands of books on my shelves
clamouring like little elves
wanting and crying for my attention
for which I’d rather give my devotion!
i’m sure you’ll argue that I’m missing out
i’m sure I’m missing half of what it’s about
but I’ve already spent a couple of curses
colourful words and colourful verses
in fact, I’ve ranted and raged in my bedroom
as my husband looked at me like I’m a loon.
this is the kind of reaction I get
with that geometrical shape, you bet.
i’m afraid, my dear, this is where we part
i know writing is an art
the author spent sweat and tears
so please read it anyway
and ignore my jeers.
I’m sure my feelings expressed were clear. I just couldn’t stand love triangles and the heroine’s reactions didn’t make any sense to me. I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why she’s more focused on the two boys when there were so many other things going on right in front of her. The book’s blurb states that it’s a “breathless gothic”, and it was for the most part of what I’ve managed to read, but damn. It’s the romance that I could’ve gone without.

I mentioned this on one of my reading statuses that instead of her focusing on the fact that her father didn’t care enough to send for her when she was as poor as a church mice and on the verge of prostituting herself, she was more concerned about her confusing feelings toward Edward and Montgomery. I hated that she’d become that girl when she could’ve been a stronger, smarter woman.

And I know I’m missing out. I’ve not even gone deep into the story of the island. I didn’t get to find out who Edward was or where he really came from. And I wanted to know why the humans there are deformed. But I just couldn’t get over this huge wall of a stupid love triangle. I just couldn’t give a fcuk. I hated reading Juliet’s incessant thoughts about how the two boys set her on fire. 

Right then. I think I should go read the original work.