New Release Review: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Her Dark CuriosityNew Release Review: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Book 2 in The Madman’s Daughter series
Release date: January 28, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, historical, retellings
Book provided by Edelweiss and Balzer &Bray

Synopsis from Goodreads: To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

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.

AH’s Review – 4 stars – A-

Her Dark Curiosity was the much anticipated sequel to The Madman’s Daughter. In the first book, we met the teenage Juliet Moreau, daughter of the infamous Dr. Moreau. I loved the first book and enjoyed that retelling of HG Wells’ classic The Island of Doctor Moreau.

In Her Dark Curiosity, Juliet has made it back to London. Much has happened since her voyage to the mysterious island. Juliet now resides with her guardian Professor Von Stein, one of her father’s former colleagues. (One wonders why she didn’t stay with him in the previous book, but I digress). Professor Von Stein’s niece Elizabeth is also staying with them, to provide a mother figure for Juliet.

The book begins with a series of murders. All the murders seem to be connected to Juliet in some way. Juliet quickly figures out who the murderer is and can’t believe that it is someone that she thought was long dead. And get this – the murderer is using the name Henry Jekyll – so you probably have an idea that this book is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

I enjoyed this retelling immensely, however there are a few points I must make. Juliet really doesn’t seem to have any sense of self-preservation, putting herself in some pretty dicey situations. Wherever and whenever trouble brews, Juliet seems to be there.
Aside from that, I really did like Juliet and how hard she worked to find a cure for her ailment.

Fair warning for those who hate love triangles – there is a love triangle in this book. I know, I know, most people run screaming the other way when there is a love triangle, but this one works and is not annoying in the least.

There’s a lot of interesting things going on in this book and the plot twists are fascinating. I loved Lucy and how she helped out with some of the sleuthing. And whoa, what an ending! I can’t wait for the next book

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order

  1. The Madman’s Daughter
  2. Her Dark Curiosity
  3. Untitled (2015)

Thank you to Edelweiss and Balzer & Bray for a review copy of this book.

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