Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman’s Daughter, #2
Release Date: January 28th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction, Thriller
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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.
Juliet is back in London after spending three weeks at sea before finally being rescued. She spends some time in a hospital before being discovered by the mean Dr. Hastings that caused her problems in the first book. He has her thrown in jail for when she cut open his wrist. A former friend of her father comes to the rescue and takes her in to his home. He says he feels bad for not stopping her father sooner. Now that she is living with a very important person she is living her rich lifestyle again and is able to come and go with her friend Lucy as often as she wants. She also doesn’t have to work.
She does however take some business from a flower shop in order to make money for the medicine that she has to take. She secretly rents a room at the top of store that she uses as her workshop at nights. Her medicine is starting to fail her and she is determined to find a cure. She fears that vivisection is the only way but refuses to become like her father, even though she may be becoming more and more like him every day.
Soon murders start happening throughout a section of White Chapel and this murderer is named the White Chapel Wolf. Soon she realizes that she knows all the people that are being murdered and that it may be someone that followed her back from the island. That isn’t the only person that has come back from the island though.
As with the first book, this book is also based off of an old story. This is based off of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which I own a copy of but have never actually read. I know the basis of the story and can definitely see some similarities. The writing in this novel is just as good as the first novel. There are still the dark and creepy parts but not as much gross scenes as the first book. I sometimes worry that the second books are just filler books and are sometimes not as good but this does not do that at all! It is a great sequel. So much starts to unravel at the end of the book and I totally didn’t see the ending coming. Juliet is clearly starting to go mad but I can’t wait to see what happens in the third book. I already know what story it is going to be retelling and I have a feeling that it is going to be really good.
If you read the first book then I highly recommend continuing the series. If you haven’t read them then you definitely should. Can't wait to add a physical copy to my shelf! If you want to check out my review of the first book, click HERE!
*This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.