The Madman’s Daughter

Zoe N. | January 14, 2015 | Review

The Madman’s Daughter

The Madman's Daughter

by Megan Shepherd

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, YA Horror
Published: January 29th 2013
by Bazler + Bray

four-stars

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Summary:

Following accusations that her scientist father gruesomely experimented on animals, sixteen-year-old Juliet watched as her family and her genteel life in London crumbled around her. But when Juliet learns her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the old accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's insanity. 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.

Review:

The Madman’s Daughter pleasantly surprised me. It is a novel that somehow manages to be beautifully atmospheric, wonderfully written, and utterly terrifying all at once.

Years ago, Juliet’s father disappeared after some gruesome rumors sprouted about his work. Now, 16-year-old Juliet receives news that he is, in fact, still alive and is continuing his work on a deserted island. With this knowledge, she sets off on an expedition to reunite with her father, and find out the truth behind the rumors once and for all.

What stands out most is the eerie atmosphere Shepherd creates. The deserted island that Juliet’s father lives on is full of secrets and monsters, both literally and figuratively, and the way it is depicted is spine-tingling.

Juliet is an admirable and well-written protagonist. She is intelligent, independent, and is able to think for herself. She’s constantly challenging the ideals and the morals of the Victorian era society she lives in, and she’s not afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she thinks is right.

There is a love triangle in this story, but, fortunately, it is one of the better written ones I’ve read. When Juliet travels to her father’s deserted island, and is accompanied by two boys: her father’s assistant, Montgomery, and a mysterious castaway, Edward. Luckily, the love triangle is decently written and doesn’t take over the plot.

Megan Shepherd clearly knows what she’s doing. This is a debut not to be missed, and I can’t wait to see how Juliet’s story continues.

four-stars

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