Title: Her Dark Curiosity
Author: Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman’s Daughter #2
Genre: Historical science fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Lucy Rayner
Length: 13 hours
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 27, 2014
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for fans of: Stalking Jack the Ripper, gothic lit
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.
While the first book retells The Island of Dr. Moreau, this sequel takes on another gothic classic, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I enjoyed this much more than the first book. I loved the new characters, the mystery, and the darkness. I especially loved the exploration of Juliet’s dark side that she can’t always control as she grapples with her love of science and her father’s legacy.
What I did not love was the romance in this series. Edward is dark, brooding, mysterious, and dangerous; Montgomery is boring and controlling. Edward wants Juliet to embrace her true self; Montgomery wants Juliet to be who he thinks she should be. I don’t understand how there is any competition between them. Come on, Juliet.
The ending of this book was absolutely insane, and it really raised my expectations for book 3!