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The Madman's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Megan Shepherd
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Book Description

For fans of Libba Bray, this first book in a gothic suspense trilogy is inspired by H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau and has been hailed by New York Times bestseller Carrie Ryan as having "beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance."

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—and only recently has she managed to piece her world back together. 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. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.


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Songs in the Mood for Madness: The official playlist for The Madman’s Daughter

I am lucky to have friends with impeccable and diverse taste in music. On a beach vacation with several friends, I casually mentioned that I wanted to put together a playlist of songs that fit the different moods of The Madman’s Daughter, but that I wasn’t sure where to start. All I had to do was ask! My friends suggested the following songs. Not only do they capture the passion, emotion, melancholy, and madness within the pages of my book, but I listen to them whenever I’m feeling angsty or just need to close my eyes and be swept away to another place. Jeremy, Ana, and Jason, I owe you a big thanks!

Jun Miyake, “The Here and After”: There’s something so intriguing about the exotic sounds in this song. I love how the idea of “happily ever after” isn’t as simple as it sounds.

Florence and the Machine, “Seven Devils”: When I listen to this eerie, dramatic song, I think about how the greatest dangers come not always from outside, but often from something within each of us.

Arcade Fire, “Ocean of Noise”: From the claps of thunder at the beginning to the transition into lyrics about stormy seas, I can’t hear this song without thinking about how nature and human relationships mirror one another.

Azure Ray, “The Devil’s Feet”: Azure Ray’s mood hits the feel of The Madman’s Daughter so well that I included two of their songs! “The Devil’s Feet” tells a great fable about a girl who has to overcome a dangerous temptation.

TV on the Radio, “DLZ”: We all have a side that’s a little devious within us, and this song brings out that side in me when I’m writing about the darker things in the world.

Cat Power, “Werewolf”: Haunting female voices is a theme in this playlist, and this song has fantastic lyrics about the alluring power monsters can have on our emotions.

Danger Mouse featuring Jack White, “Two against One”: This song is a little crazy, a little whimsical, and totally cool. It makes me just want to hang out with friends and have fun.

Azure Ray, ”Sea of Doubts” : The lyrics of this song talk about taking a journey to get past fears and embrace life. It’s a hopeful message for a song that starts out melancholy.

Lykke Li, “Silent My Song”: To me, some of the lyrics in this song hint at the dangers that linger within the lines between science and art.

Manchester Orchestra, “Jimmy, He Whispers”: Every time I hear this song, I think about how complicated relationships can be, and how sometimes loyalty can lead us to overlook dangerous faults in one another.

The xx, “Infinity”: The mix of male and female vocals here makes me think of times I’ve tried to move on from relationships and how bittersweet and heartbreaking love can be.

Radiohead, “Everything in Its Right Place”: Nobody does creepily atmospheric lyrics and mood like Radiohead. This song captures the unsettling, split feeling that several characters experience during The Madman’s Daughter.

Agnes Obel, “Philharmonics”: I’d love to waltz to this strangely beautiful song that talks about how luxury and excess aren’t all that matter.

Portishead, “Mysterons”: These lyrics make me think of that old phrase “Be careful what you wish for.” Sometimes what we think we want ends up being exactly the last thing we need.

Joanna Newsom, “The Book of Right-On”: Joanna Newsom’s oddball voice is truly unique, and though the lyrics are vague, this song reminds me of how girls can be much stronger than many people think.

Mazzy Star, “Fade into You”: This heartbreaking, sweet song makes me think of how love is never perfect. We all have flaws, shortcomings; and sometimes love just misses the mark.

Agnes Obel, “Wallflower”: I like to think of this instrumental piece as a modern version of some of the haunting music young women might have played on the piano during the Victorian era.

From Booklist

The advantage this series starter has over monster reboots like Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor (2011) is that teens aren’t as familiar with the story of Dr. Moreau, and so the ungodly plot developments may yet surprise. Shepherd follows H. G. Wells closely but from the perspective of the good doctor’s 16-year-old daughter, Juliet. Six years after her father’s banishment from London following outrageous medical experimentation, she joins him on an isolated island where he continues to tinker with the combination of human and animal genes. Beneath Dr. Moreau’s fancified insanity and the unsavory medical specifics (the two best elements of the novel), this is a romantic-triangle book first and foremost, as Juliet trembles, blushes, and heaves her bosom at both Moreau’s hunky assistant and a dashing castaway. However, Shepherd distinguishes herself from her paranormal romance contemporaries by eschewing purple prose and focusing on sympathetic side characters (the dog-bear hybrid servant Balthasar) and fascinating dilemmas (the budding religious awareness of the creatures). Anyone who doesn’t pick up the next volume is mad! Mad, I tell you! HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Nearly every publisher wanted this book and no wonder—it’s already sold in six countries and been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

Product Details

  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062128027
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOLW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed its potential by a mile February 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A new take on the psychological thriller, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter was bursting at the seams with potential. Through the eyes of Dr. Moreau's 16-year-old daughter, Juliet, it provided a new perspective and insight to the nefarious madman and his island of chimeric creations. At least that's what it was supposed to do. Aside from the blatant correlation to Stockholm Syndrome, you'd really have to sit around and analyze and dig deep into the plot to derive any other type of deeper psychological meaning. And, really, you shouldn't need a shovel to enjoy a book.

The book actually has a great start (maybe that's why I was so disappointed that it didn't really amount to anything?).

Juliet has not seen her father (or even known if he was alive) for years - not since he fled the country, leaving Juliet and her mother to fend for themselves, when suspicion began to arise about his inhumane experiments. Now Juliet works as part of a janitorial staff at a medical school, cleaning up blood and other fluids left behind from the students' experiments (predictable much?).

By chance, Juliet discovers evidence that her father is not only alive, but he might be living at a nearby inn. Following her lead, Juliet does not find her father, but she finds the next best thing: her former childhood friend and servant, Montgomery, who apparently fled with her father and now works as his assistant at his new location on an island off the coast of Australia. Montgomery is only there getting supplies to take back to the island, but Juliet decides there is nothing for her there anymore and she might as well go with him.

She boards the ship for the journey.

At this point, I'm like, "OMG! WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy gothic thriller January 26, 2013
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Back in high school, we were forced to read Wuthering Heights, a dark, gothic romance. I hated it. The only part I liked was the setting, complete with windswept moors and odd noises. But I didn't let this one little book stand in my way of exploring the gothic genre. Some books I liked, some I didn't (as is the way with most genres). Still, the genre itself stuck with me.

So, when the opportunity arose to read THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, I snatched it. And I'm very glad I did. While it isn't among my favorite books of the year, it was definitely intriguing and strangely mesmerizing as thick jungle foliage replaces windswept moors, filled with oddly deformed and bloodthirsty creatures.

When we meet young Juliet, she's a maid, just trying to survive after losing everything due to her father's beyond-the-pale experiments. Her mother's dead. Her father's gone, as is all of their money. She's lost all but one of her friends. It seems quite hopeless.

Until she finds a piece of paper that seems to indicate something of her father survived. She follows that clue and discovers Montgomery, her father's assistant, packing supplies to take to her not-dead-yet father and convinces him to take her along.

The island where Dr. Moreau lives is uber-creepy, filled with botched experiments, animals made to look and act human, and death around every corner. To top it off, Juliet's father doesn't much care for his daughter being there, despite her desperate situation back in England. At first, Juliet can't believe that the island's natives are creations of Dr. Moreau until she looks beneath the surface, poking and prodding until she discovers not just one but multiple disturbing truths.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrific, Intriguing and Mesmerizing! December 28, 2012
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Juliet Moreau is young, penniless and close to being homeless. It didn't used to be that way. Her father, Doctor Henry Moreau, was a very successful surgeon and they lived very well. Then the accusations came and Juliet's life as she knew it changed. Her father disappeared, rumored dead, and as years pass, her mother dies from consumption. So it's a fluke that Juliet runs into medical students performing an experiment with one of her father's papers.

With some investigation, she finds Montgomery James. He was a servant in their household and disappeared when her father did. He explains that he left with her father; they reside on an island. Juliet insists she go back with him. She wants to see her father alive for herself and ask him directly if the accusations were true.

On the long journey, a boy is found near death in a small boat. They bring him aboard and Montgomery brings him back to health. His name is Edward. It's here that the love triangle begins to make itself known. Juliet finds herself drawn to both young men, and they her. When they arrive on the island, Juliet is delighted to reacquaint herself with her father, and he insists on pairing her up with Edward and marrying her off.

Things aren't right on the island though. The good doctor experiments and creates islanders that are at times horrific and others docile and humane. When a monster makes itself known on the island, bodies piling up left and right, it has many in the compound questioning who it could be. Juliet not only questions that, her father's choices and her own matters of the heart, but she also questions her own morality. Although she believes what her father is doing is wrong, she is also intrigued by it all.

I had a very hard time putting this book down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Captivating, and Amazing
Simply put, The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd is an eerie, bold, and captivating piece inspired by the classic The Island of Dr. Moreau. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps you guessing
I just finished this book and I am shocked! This story kept me guessing and I couldn't put it down. Creative, engrossing, dark, I couldn't decide who to root for. Fantastic!
Published 10 days ago by Mom2BoysWF
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy plot and unsettling characters
When she was ten years old, her father’s scandal ruined her life. Now that she’s sixteen, Juliet Moreau is working as a maid in the hospital he used to operate in. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Words in a Teacup Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Check it out at your local library.
Having never read H.G Well's "The Island of Doctor Moreau" this book was all new material to me

It starts with a great hook that kept me reading without pause... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Traci H.
5.0 out of 5 stars The end! Oh, the end!
I've never read a book that I immediately wanted to see made into a movie until this one. Shepherd's storytelling is so rich it was like immersing myself in the world of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shannon L Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Loved loved it. Read it a while ago, and even though horror isn't really my thing, it was great enough to pull me in.
Published 1 month ago by Ifeoma Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice retelling!
I really enjoyed this book, but not everyone will. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Angela
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst piece of crap
It's so absurd and ridiculous, I feel like I want my money back. In the beginning it wasn' t so bad, but the moment they arrive in the island everything becomes ridiculously... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Catia Keiko de Campos Kitahara
4.0 out of 5 stars Classically creepy
I feel awful that I am not going to be able to give this book the full credit it deserves. I read it during a busy review month, I was sick and it was so cold that my kids couldn't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ltg584
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I loved this book to death. The ending had me in tears. It was an amazing book but the ending is so unthought of it killed me on the inside... Amazing
Published 2 months ago by hai
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Megan Shepherd grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where her family has owned and operated an independent bookstore for over 35 years. Shepherd attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in international studies and went on to live and work in Costa Rica, Senegal, Scotland, Spain, and many other countries. Now, Shepherd has returned to Western North Carolina and is a full-time writer of young adult novels.

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