Waiting on Wednesday (2) - The Madman's Daughter

Release date: January 29, 2013 from Balzer+Bray
ISBN 10/13: 0062128027 | 9780062128027

Jacket copy:

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.

Why I'm waiting:

An advanced copy was pretty impossible for me to get, so by mid-December I'd resigned myself to waiting until release day. I already have a pre-order placed. Mainly I'd say the cover and title pretty much had me reeled in; throw in the words gruesome and gothic -- how can I say no?

Ok, I'll admit I have lowered my expectations a bit. I've been burned by a pretty cover before. The true test will be if I stay awake or go to sleep once I've started, and I've been going to bed pretty early nowadays. But I can't look away when I see a girl-in-pretty-dress cover with the promise of mental illness. I'm a little crazy like that.

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