The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Released by Balzer & Bray on January 29th, 2013
London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—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 her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.
Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
I must be honest with you. I typically do not enjoy historical fiction, or even retellings of classic stories, but Megan Shepherd challenged my preferences. I loved her subtle way of weaving the Jekyll and Hyde canon into her own strong story. Subtlety is something I really appreciate in YA fiction, and I know readers appreciate it, too. I absolutely loved THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER. I constantly recommend it to people, from teens to adults to seniors, whether they’re looking for a historical story or a romance, or both! The relationships between characters are intense and heartfelt. The plot is logical and suspenseful. The protagonist is sufficiently crazy and interesting to keep your attention. Juliet is such a strong character, in that she is so much *herself* throughout everything that happens to her. She fights her true nature, yet is drawn to it, which is something all of us can relate to. And yet, her true self is so much darker than mine could ever be – I can’t wait to discover what the truth about her really is. I was hooked on every word and wanted to finish the entire thing in one day.
News & honors for The Madman’s Daughter:
- Summer 2013 New Voices pick, American Booksellers Association
- Winter 2012 Indie Next Pick, American Booksellers Association
- ABC Best Books for Children pick, American Booksellers Association
- Book Club Pick of the Month, Seventeen Magazine
- Starred Review, School Library Journal
- #1 Most Requested Book of 2012, Goodreads
- “High Demand Hot List of Youth”, Booklist
- The Madman’s Daughter has been optioned by Paramount Pictures, with Fake Empire producing. More information can be found at this Variety Magazine article.
- Foreign sales: US/CANADA: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins; UK/AUSTRALIA: HarperVoyager; RAZIL: Novo Conceito; PAIN: RBA Libros; URKEY: Dogan Egmont; RANCE: Editions Milan; LOVAKIA: Ikar; AIWAN and CHINA: 21st Century Publishing.
Along with the paperback of TMD being available and the paperback of HDC coming out later this month, there is a special treat for those who pre-order ACL through Megan Shepherd’s family bookstore! You can find out more about that through the picture below or asking Megan about the details.