Richly Haunting: THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1) 
Megan Shepherd
432 pages
Publisher: Blazer + Bray (HarperTeen)
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Source: Publisher

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.

   Darkly thrilling and richly haunting, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER had me hooked from the very first lines, hinting at graves and darkness and blood.

   Megan Shepherd’s debut is a must-read, featuring sixteen year old Juliet, a girl who lives in the shadow of her father’s scandal. A girl who might just be as mad as her mad scientist of a father. She’s dropped from a girl who never wore a dress twice to a maid who scrubs floors for a living. But Juliet is leaving all that behind to live with her father, who, after disappearing when the scandal took place, moved to a secluded island.

   But her father’s madness is true. The scandal is more than she could ever imagine. And worse, she could be just like him.

   Inspired by the tale, The Island of Dr. Moreau, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER is full of blood and gore. Set on an island full of unknown creatures, the story is unpredictable in the least and had me flipping the pages deep into the night, my breath catching at every creak and rustle. We’re saved from insta-love by the fact that Montgomery is her childhood friend and idol from when she could barely walk. And of course there was Edward, dark and secretive where Montgomery was the opposite, whose presence in the story puzzled me until the very last pages.

   I love the cover and the darkness it captures with the color-washed edges, the blood it entails with the red font, and the stance of girl, which of course is Juliet. The whole image certainly screams gothic and old-fashioned – both of which I loved about the book.

   Megan Shepherd is an author to keep an eye out for. With her debut, she weaves a story will leave you breathless, chilled and gasping for more once the last page is turned. Who knows what she has in store for us next?

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Disclosure: This review is based on an advanced copy of the book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.


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    Amanda @ MarvelousCatoReviews

    January 28, 2013

    I knew I needed to read this book as soon as I read the synopsis a couple months ago. I'm so glad that you liked it – it gives me hope! I'm a huge horror fan, so I'm excited about the blood and gore aspects. I will definitely be picking this book up soon!

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    Sapir V

    January 28, 2013

    I saw this book a couple of times before and I thought that it is an historical fiction book, one of my least favorite genres. I didn't even bother reading the synopsis.
    But now, after reading your review, I understand that I got it all wrong! I am a fan of dark books, and this book seems like something I would like. I am definitely going to check this book out very soon!!

    Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us!

    Sapir @

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    January 28, 2013

    This book sounds like a thrill. I've seen it practically everywhere. I don't think I've read a review that praises the book quite this highly. I'm really excited about the concept of a Mad Scientist father. I'm sure she has to battle her hidden madness throughout the book. Di not know about the blood and gore. Yay! ^__^

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    Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews

    January 28, 2013

    I've seen reviews of this book numerous times and it sounds fantastic! Cannot wait for a chance to get my hands on it :D Thanks for the review!

    Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews

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    January 28, 2013

    Now you have me asking questions that I could only get from the book (or unless someone tells me). Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Jenea Whittington

    January 28, 2013

    I need this book. It sounds so fascinating and I really want to know about the animals too. Juliette appears to be interesting. Awesome review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf

    January 28, 2013

    This book sounds so good but though I like dark I am afraid of too much gore…Will have to think about this one! lol

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    January 29, 2013

    This is one of my most anticipated novels of 2013. It sounds so bloody good!! The cover is wonderful. Excited for this one!!

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    Danielle D

    January 31, 2013

    I just got this book in the mail yesterday, and I have been dying to read it, been seing so many great reviews about it.

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    January 31, 2013

    This book sounds fantasticaly eery and the settings seems to really enhance the story. I am looking forward to this one! Thanks!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

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    Kailia Sage

    February 3, 2013

    I think that “The Island of Dr. Moreau” is the one work by Wells I am not familiar with but I might need to read this book and find out! A lot of people have had mixed reviews so I might put off reading this for a while but I'm glad that it didn't disappoint!

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    The Writer in the Background

    February 9, 2013

    Blood? Darkness? I have to pick this up now!

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    February 16, 2013

    I love The Island of Dr. Moreau and any book or movies with mad scientists. So cool to be able to create something although creating some kind of crazy island creatures would not be good. I love the life long friendship kind of love so I think I will like the romance with Montgomery. Sounds like a gruesome and suspenseful read! Can't wait!

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    Bree Clarkson

    March 4, 2013

    Great review! I read this one a couple weeks ago, too, and loved it so much! So far it's definitely one of my favorite books of the year!

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    Jaime Lester

    May 7, 2013

    That cover is Amazing. One of my favorites this year! I haven't read this yet, but I want to so badly. I think that I will wait until the next in the series is out though, because I have heard that the ending is an awful cliffhanger. I have heard amazing things about this book, including your review. I love how gritty and dark it seems. I definitely think that this will be a book that I will enjoy!