Review: Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary 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.

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 Welcome to the second installment of Megan Shepherd's "The Madman's Daughter" which features a slight remake of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

After one year of pain and many tries to live with her nightmares, Juliet finds herself admist London as a murder targets people she knows. When Edward and Montgomery start to appear, then tragedy arises.

I had high expectations for the second book. I liked the general idea of testing the boundaries of humanity and self preservation but Juliet felt very off in the story. She appears too weak, too docile and in a point she makes easy choices which result on inflicting pain to the others. Istead Iliked Lucy and Baltazar. Despite being secondary characters they are strong and help Juliet in every way they can.

While the story ends in a pecurial cliffhanger, I am relucant to read the final book. The male characters are flawed but Edward is the one who suffers much, maybe too much. I hope this will change on the final book.

About the author:

Megan Shepherd was "born" into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. 

She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and THE CAGE trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). 

 When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.