Posted February 1, 2013 by ODell in Blog Tours

The Madman’s Daughter Blog Tour: My favorite scene

Madman's daughter Goodreads Summary:

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—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 he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect. 


My Favorite Scene:

I’m sure you’ve seen the buzz surrounding Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter, and I’m here to confirm that it is just as hot as everyone says. I read it in a day, and I absolutely loved it! {review here} When I was asked to be a part of the blog tour, I jumped at the chance. When I was asked to share one of my favorite scenes with you, I immediately knew which scene that would be.

The scene comes about ¾ of the way into the book. Without being spoilery, Juliet has found her way to her father’s island where he carries out his “experiments”. One of those experiments has broken free and is wreaking havoc on the island, terrorizing and even killing people.

One dark and stormy night, Dr. Moreau has had enough, and is determined to kill the creature. He gathers all of his men together, and they set out into the night to search for the monster, leaving Juliet and Alice, a young servant girl, in the compound where they will (supposedly) be safe.

After the men leave, Juliet and Alice hunker down in Juliet’s room as the storm rages around them. Despite the high walls of the compound, Juliet (and the reader) can’t help but feel uneasy. With all the men gone, and no weapons in the house, they are in quite the precarious position.

This scene was probably one of the most intense scenes in the book. The anticipation is practically heart-stopping. Ms. Shepherd expertly crafts the scene to make the reader hear every jarring sound, smell every smell, and see every sight that Juliet and Alice do. I felt as if I were in the room with them – and it was a nerve-wracking experience!

As I said in my review, if you are looking for a creepy-good Gothic horror story, look no further. Pick up a copy of The Madman’s Daughter today!


Other stops on the tour:

1/21  A Dream Within A Dream              Playlist

1/22 Hobbitsies                                        Author Q&A

1/23 Birth of a New Witch                       Top 5 Favorite Quotes

1/24 365 Days of Reading                     Author Q&A

1/25  Sci Fi Chick                                     Favorite Scene

1/28 Word Spelunking                            Top 5 Favorite Quotes

1/29  Books with Bite                              Author Q&A

1/30 The Mod Podge Bookshelf           TBA

1/31 Once Upon a Prologue                  Top 5 Favorite Quotes