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The Madman's Daughter (Madman's Daughter - Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Megan Shepherd
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29 Jan 2013 Madman's Daughter - Trilogy (Book 1)

A dark, breathless, beautifully-written gothic thriller of murder, madness and a mysterious island…

London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—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 rumours about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen (29 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062128027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062128027
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Megan Shepherd was "born" into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy. When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge

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“A deft twist on a familiar classic, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER has the best of everything: beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance” Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

“Romantic, haunting, and full of spine-tingling thrills, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER kept me reading late into the night” Veronica Rossi, bestselling author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

"This story is definitely unlike any others we've read in a long time – and in a good way. We're eager for the series to continue!" Seventeen magazine

“Unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave [readers] craving more” Publishers Weekly

“Fun to read… creepy, with twists and turns” USA TODAY

“Nicely blended horror and homage” SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Megan Shepherd was "born" into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy. When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
I was very interested in The Madman's Daughter as soon as it came through the post. Firstly, the cover is fascinating, with the drawing of the heart and the different shades of red used to hint at something perhaps a little darker inside. And the description on the back was very intriguing, as someone who has recently started branching out and trying other genres of books, I was really looking forward to reading this!

Juliet Moreau used to have a good life, her father, Doctor Moreau was very successful and so they had a comfortable life. However, a huge scandal appeared when Juliet's father was accused of horrific experiments, causing Doctor Moreau to disappear. He was believed to be dead, and although no one ever proved that these awful experiments had actually happened, Juliet was still haunted by the thought of them and how it ruined her life. After running into Montgomery James, a servant who used to work in their house before the scandal, Juliet discovers that her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island. Together with Montgomery, Juliet makes her way to the island, with no idea of what will be waiting when she gets there...

Wow. I don't quite know how to describe it. The Madman's Daughter had me gripped, so much so that I found it hard to do or even think about anything else over the course of the few days that I read this. I will say now, it is very creepy, but it is creepy in a way that draws you in and has you turning the pages desperate to know what will be uncovered next and where the story will lead you!

Megan Shepherd's writing is truly fantastic. There are a few gruesome scenes in the novel, but Megan has a talent of writing it in such a way that it terrifies you and urges you to read on at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down! 13 Aug 2013
First off, let me say that any of us who think we come from a dysfunctional family will rethink that idea after reading this book. No one, NO ONE, has as many issues as the Moreau clan. I won't go into specific details of the book since other reviewers have done a great job at I don't want to give away any of the surprise twists of The Madman's Daughter. Suffice to say, that it is a captivating retelling of H.G. Wells' book, The Island of Doctor Moreau, but from his daughter's perspective. The story is "told" by the main female character, Juliet, a 16 year old destitute girl who is adventurous and clever...and yet struggles with all the uncertainty of her youth and predicament. The book is a great balance of romance and downright creepiness. Just my kind of book.

I was present at the book launch celebration for this book and got my signed copy of the new book there. My first evening with the book, I decided to read a chapter or two before bed. I was really tired the next day because I couldn't force myself to put it down and go to sleep until I was nearly halfway through. Didn't get much done the following day either because I kept sneaking back to the book to read another chapter or two. My only disappointment with its surprise cliffhanger ending is that I now have to wait a whole year to find out what happens.

The characters in the story are very well-developed. Some you'll find endearing and heartbreaking (oddly enough, some of the "monsters"). Others you'll find yourself actually despising and hoping they come to a painful end. There were moments in the book that made me cringe and sort of hurry through (particularly the animal cruelty). Some of the irony of the story is that many of the hideous, monstrous creations of Dr.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Gothic 7 Feb 2013
By Kat
When I first saw the cover and synopsis of The Madman's Daughter I had immediate book -lust. A pretty cover, Gothic historical fiction thriller based on a classic? Even with an obvious love triangle in the making, I was so excited about this book.

And maybe that excitement and build-up is partly to blame for me not loving The Madman's Daughter as much as I thought I would. Expectation can really be a killer.

The Madman's Daughter is certainly a dark, Gothic, historical fiction. Although I have't read The Island of Dr. Moreau myself, I have a basic knowledge of the plot, and my impression is that Megan Shephard used that plot and really didn't hold anything back. This is definitely not a book for the easily upset or rattled - it's confrontational and dark, bordering on horror.

Juliet is a bit of a lost soul and although shes tough, brave and academically clever, it doesn't seem that she's very street-smart which is quite odd for a sixteen-year-old-girl who has been fending for herself in London - some of the decisions she makes on the island, and signals that she misses did make her a little frustrating for me. I also didn't understand her attraction to both Montgomery and Edward - I really liked Montgomery with his loyalty and calmness, but I found Edward kind of irritating, almost to the point of insipidness.

I loved the atmosphere that Ms. Shephard created in The Madman's Daughter - from London, to the sea journey and finally to the creepiness of the island, the whole book just made me feel like I was right there in the story, and although the 'mystery' was exactly what I expected, it was definitely creepy enough to get my attention.

The plot itself is really quite chilling and definitely one of the positives, along with Ms.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings about this book
So I have very mixed feelings about this book. Very, very mixed feelings. I think I liked it? But I'm not sure. I'll go with yes for now, since I want to read the sequel. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Ever since I heard about this book waaaay back at the end of 2012, I knew that I wanted to read it. It's just taken me a lot longer than I'd planned to get around to it. Read more
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"His hand tangled in my hair, and his lips were inches away but he wouldn't kiss me, torturing me with the space between us. Read more
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Published 15 months ago by Amber
4.0 out of 5 stars Suitably gothic retelling
Juliet Moreau must make a meagre living scrubbing the halls of King's College. She was once part of a respectable family until the scandal broke. Read more
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I have been looking forward to this book for a while now, I am a fan of gothic literature and like the darker side of fiction so I was pretty sure this was my kind of book, and for... Read more
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