Release Date: January 29, 2013
Format: Audiobook (12 hrs, 50 min)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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I listened to the audiobook of The Madman’s Daughter, and the narrator, Lucy Rayner did a fantastic job. I learned while I was reading it that it’s a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau, which I haven’t read. I loved the premise of this novel, and I was excited to get my hands on it, but unfortunately, this story just wasn’t meant for me.
My favorite thing about this book (besides the narrator) was the gothic, dark feel of it along with the underlying mystery. I haven’t read many gothic books, and I really enjoyed that aspect. I also really liked the protagonist, Juliet. Given that she lives in the Victorian era, she’s a very strong and independent character.
I think what prevented me from loving this book, was that my brain couldn’t buy into the science of it, so I kept getting hung up on details. And sadly, the story was anticlimactic for me. I can’t really explain more and keep this review spoiler free, so I’ll just leave it at that.
The Madman’s Daughter is well written and full of unique characters, with an ending that took me completely by surprise. I’d recommend this to any fan of Gothic novels and love triangles.