Mad Man’s Daughter: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.1

Juliet has returned to London after the strange and haunting events on the island where she discovered her father was alive and continuing his experiments.  Secrets from her past were revealed and she had to face the truth about who her father really was and what she was to her father.  After so much time away from London and transitioning to the island life, it was difficult to adjust to her new life back in London.  Her welcome home found her in even worse circumstances after she was thrown into jail for the crime she committed which sent her away from London to begin with.  The man that once turned her own father into the authorities comes to her rescue, taking her into his own home and giving her the life of a young lady again.  Her curiosities cannot lay quiet though and to avoid the suspicions of the doctor she now lives with, she rents a modest flat above a flower shop for some privacy.   Juliet is able to use her knowledge to assist growing special breeds of flowers for the shop, while doing experiments of her own.    What Juliet finds even more disturbing is the fact that she is intrigued by her fathers experiments and her curiosity grows stronger each day.

While on the island, Juliet discovered many things about her father, his experiments and even about herself.  As Juliet’s own ailments begin to take their toll on her, she must try to create her own cure based on the knowledge and research created by her father.  While the island and the events that happened there are millions of miles away, a familiar presence lurks in the shadows.  When people close to Juliet fall victim to a murderer, the calling card taunts Juliet as to the identity of the killer.  Will Juliet be able to adjust to the life of a young lady or will the blood in her veins continue to call her down a dark and spiralling path?  Juliet has discovered many secrets about her family and about herself, but she continues to question who she really is.  Is she the type of young lady her father and mother wished her to be?  Or does something sinister live inside her longing to be free?

My favourite thing about these books is how they continue the story of Juliet and the other characters we have become familiar with, but seem like stand alone books.  They are strong enough to have their own story, rather than becoming one of those filler books that series and trilogies are famous for.  So far this is my favourite book in the trilogy which is strange for the middle novel.  It is usually the first or last books that are the best.  The stage is set in the first book so we are able to fly freely and explore the characters even more.  There are some characters that we became very fond of in the first book and I am glad to see them continuing the journey.  Juliet’s constant questioning who she is, how much like her father she is and using it as an excuse for being the way she is can be a bit tiresome at times but the story moves us along enough to help distract us.

The story has changed direction to accommodate the inspiration to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in a smooth transition that takes us on a new adventure with the same great characters.  As mentioned this is my favourite in the trilogy so far with the ending of the book giving us a sneak peak as to inspiration of the third and final book.  For fans of classics and monster mash-ups, Shepherd has taken inspiration from these old stories and breathed new life into them with new and engaging characters.

  1. Book summary courtesy of Megan Shepherd’s webpage.



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