The Madman's Daughter (Madman's Daughter Series #1)

The Madman's Daughter (Madman's Daughter Series #1)

by Megan Shepherd
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The Madman's Daughter (Madman's Daughter Series #1) by Megan Shepherd

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062128027
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Madman's Daughter Series , #1
Pages: 420
Sales rank: 474,995
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.33(d)
Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family's independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband and two cats, and she wouldn't want to live anywhere else. The Madman's Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity are her first novels.

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The Madman's Daughter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
GossipLover More than 1 year ago
This book was so good that the author had me gasping out loud in some parts. I literally got extremely angry during parts and everyone around me couldn't figure out why I was so mad. A good book/author makes you emotional.
storm11 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this novel and it was fast reading. Teens and some adults will be entertained by this fast-paced period fiction with its elements of Stephen King and Dean Koontz in that it mixes reality with fantasy and horror. Moves at a fast clip. I withheld the fifth star because I thought the author tried to jam too many elements into the story at the expense of developing setting and some characters. The London setting is well done, the island, not so much.
AmieKaufman More than 1 year ago
Dark, gothic, absolutely mesmerising. I could barely put this book down, and when I had to, I spent the day walking around in a daze, trying to imagine what might be coming next. Reveal after reveal left me stumbling out into the light blinking by the last page. This is an intelligent, original story that truly brought home to me the meaning of 'atmospheric'. It will linger with you, and you'll love it.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
You have a girl, a scandal, meets a familiar face from the past and travel to an island. Liking historical fiction and retellings, this sounded pretty good. The writing style was one of my favorite parts of the book. The pace while good, slowed down at times but I didn't feel bored. And I like that it brought things up after it being mentioned. Nice continuity for once. What I didn't like was the whole comparing Edward and Montgomery. I don't mind love triangles but it depends. Now they're everywhere it seems. I'll admit there were moments I didn't see coming. Like the ending for example. Oh the ending. I was like, What? Wait, what? Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't typically find myself reading YA gothic novels, but I read the synopsis for this one and I was intrigued. When it said that Shepherd had based her book off of Wells' novel, I knew that it would be interesting. I was not disappointed. I will warn anyone that scares easily--do not read this at night. It is definitely a spooky read. Overall, I really enjoyed the character development. Every time I thought I had a character figured out, I was shocked by a new revelation. To anyone wanting to read this because it's supposed to have a romance, you're wasting your time. You won't find cheap, erotic fiction. If you're looking for an interesting read set in the 19th century, and if you don't mind the sci-fi story, this is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed "The Madman's Daughter" and can hardly wait for the second in the trilogy!
MsPageTurner More than 1 year ago
A captivating read.  I couldn't put the book down once I started it.  The plot was thoroughly engaging and kept me guessing about the twists and turns until the end. Definitely worth the missed sleep and tiredness at work the next day.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I hope with all my heart there is a 2nd book. The end had me crying and other parts had me yelling and annoyed and excited and i fell in love with the characters. I feel close to the main character because u think like that sometimes demented just saying hell to it and doing what i want. I would and will read it over again a million times and if there was a second i would buy it the day it came out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect from it when I first began this book but I was hooked. It was too good to place down. There was so many parts that I just didn't expect and gave me chills. I absolutely believe that anyone who has an interest in paranormal romance should pick up this and read it. It doesn't just revolve around the romance, there are action parts and many other suspenseful parts that will make you unable to stop reading. I couldn't put this book down, and when I did I couldn't stop thinking about it. This was beautifully writen and completely brillant. I wasn't to pleased with the ending but I still loved it anyway! XD
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I was interested in reading author Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter after I finished with the indie horror game Mad Father. I read that the book was as dark and disturbing as Mad Father and that fans of the game would fall in love with The Madman’s Daughter. So naturally I had to start reading The Madman’s Daughter and I wish with every fibre in my being that I had gotten to read the novel earlier! It was fantastic! Brilliant! Definitely one of my favorite reads of all time. The Madman’s Daughter is inspired by The Island of Doctor Moreau and follows sixteen year old Juliet Moreau who has been living in London and working as a maid ever since her mother died and her father disappeared. There are dark rumors surrounding her father involving his experiments that were gruesome and may or may not have involved butchery. It’s not until Juliet comes across a piece of paper with her father’s name literally right on it that she comes across Montgomery, her childhood friend and ex-servant, that she discovers her father is still alive. Going with Montgomery all the way to an island off of Australia along with a castaway named Edward, Juliet finds herself on an island where her father has declared himself God and has created the island’s inhabitants by experimenting on animals to turn them into disfigured creatures that are made to look like (and act like) humans. Juliet is both disgusted and intrigued by what her father has done but he knows that in the end she must stop her father for what he’s doing is wrong and against everything he should believe in. Trapped on the island, Juliet learns that there is a dangerous monster lurking in the forest that is killing off the inhabitants and that Montgomery and her father may be keeping secrets that will change her forever. The first thing I noticed about The Madman’s Daughter that made me fall in love with it was the writing style. Right off the hop from the first four pages I got a feel for just how dark the novel would be. Shepherd’s writing brought everything to life. I could see the foliage on the island, I could see just how disfigured the island’s inhabitants were. I could imagine the scent of London and the feel of Juliet injecting herself with her needle every day. Her writing was out of this world and detailed to the point where everything just played out for me like a movie. I absolutely adored it. The Madman’s Daughter does have a love triangle between Edward, Juliet and Montgomery. Personally I really enjoyed it because it wasn’t the main focus and it wasn’t something that was being shoved down your throat. Readers will actually be able to enjoy this love triangle. Just as Juliet discovers more about the island, herself and the secrets clouding both Edward and Montgomery’s readers will be cheering on one romance more than the other. What I really liked was that the romance in the novel didn’t overpower the actual plot which focuses on Juliet, the island and her father’s evil genius. The plot is one that kept me guessing until the very end. I was so in love with everything that happened to Juliet and everything that she learned while on the island. From when the novel starts and she is saved from Dr. Hastings to the ending that left me screaming (literally screaming)—I was absolutely in love with this read. I cannot wait for the sequel and for those of you who have read this novel you know that with that ending anybody would want to know what happens next to Juliet. I would recommend The Madman’s Daughter to readers who are looking for a novel that will keep them reading until the very last page, fans of romance and readers who want a novel with an ending so unexpected and crazy that they’ll be left begging for a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down.
shanbritts More than 1 year ago
A Great read, didn't want to put this book down, and didn't want it to end! Will not disappoint
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a very unique story with lots of twists. Its a slow start but once you get to the island you wont be able to put this book down. Definitely a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong character details with a underlining love story. Hard to put down once you got into it. You feel for the main character Juliet while trying to figure out the mystery! It is like jeckle and hyde on an island.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strange book but very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is SO good. It has the perfect mix of romance to make your heart pound, and the horror the transfix you. At the end, I was wrenched and hopefully there will be a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anazing book. I absolutely enjoyed it. A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am a teen and this was the best book ever i would recommend it to everyone who likes suspense and  whomever likes plot-twists
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of mystery, intrique, suspence, and a little bit of romance! Its not a typical YA novel, a very unique story that I throughly enjoyed. It grabbed me from the beginning and didn't slow down from there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellant quick read. Detailed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists in the story. Strange but great book
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book kept me guessing til the end. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a nice concept but it just didnt work as far as the character development and conflict resolution. Plus the love triangle didnt work for me.