Excerpt from Goodreads: 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.
This book was such a fantastic read for me! Quick to draw me in from the very beginning, The Madman’s daughter kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This gothic novel is a genre I normally do not venture into and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this read.
There were a few times I became aggravated with Juliet’s indecision. Sometimes she couldn’t decided if she loved her father or hated his very being. On the other hand she couldn’t decide if she was more attracted to Edward or Montgomery. I did appreciate her decision in the end, but the future books within the series give whispers to more indecision in that area.
I fell in love with Balthazar and Alice, two of the island’s many inhabitants. Both had such an innocent, childlike personality. Balthazar was one of my favorite characters throughout the entire book. So many times I truly felt sorry for him, I just wanted to reach through the pages and hug him.
With that being said, the ending left me with total shock and my grabby hands reaching for the second book! I love (and hate) when a book leaves with you an ending you never expected and dying to find out what happens next. Stories such as this will remain in my personal library and my recommendation list for ages to come!
4.5 out of 5 stars