Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Memes: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week I am spotlighting The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. This book is a 2013 young adult debut novel. Here is the description:
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. MoreauThe 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.
I got this ARC through the Amazon Vine program. The book was released on January 29, 2013.

The basement hallways in King's College of Medical Research were dark, even in the daytime.

At night they were like a grave.
Friday 56:
The truth was, I knew next to nothing about him. He was little more than a hazy memory and a slew of scandalous rumors.


  1. That's a great quote from page 56-very tantalizing.

  2. Oooh, this sounds good! I love books set in London ;) And I would never want to be in a hospital at night! Thanks for sharing! Here's my Friday post!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. How intriguing? Love the beginning and the excerpt.

  4. Hi Kathy,

    This sounds like an intriguing storyline, a little out of the norm. and one well worth considering.

    You certainly wouldn't catch me down in the basement corridors of any medical establishment at night time, they are bad enough places during the day and always scare the living daylights out of me. Why oh why do they always put test facilities in such dark and frankly scary places ... as if you aren't scared enough at the thought of the test in the first place!

    It sounds to me as though Juliet would be very much better off by not knowing her father any better, not good for the people he now terrorizes, but ultimately best for her....

    Thanks for sharing this great book today,


  5. Scary!

    Thanks for sharing the opening on Book Beginnings on Fridays!

    Rose City Reader


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