The Madman’s Daughter

Lately I’ve been somewhat distracted from my usual knitting/reading/tea routine what with how the world seems to be full of portents of the apocalypse. All these hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires and Donald Trump have me thinking I should probably give Revelations a read soon.

In the meantime, I’ve been reading The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Sheperd. The premise is fun – a re-telling of The Island of Dr Moreau from the point of view of his daughter. And don’t we all want to escape to a mysterious island somewhere? (Just maybe not in the Caribbean right now…) Alas, in keeping with the world in general it was kind of disappointing.

It takes a while to get to the island. There are a lot of ominous hints and I wonder if it would be more effective for people who haven’t read Moreau because I already knew where we were headed. But then isn’t the audience of a re-telling mostly hooked because they know the original? Then we get there and things take a love triangley turn.

Y’all, if you have a mysterious island full of creepy experiments do you really need to take the love triangle road?

On the bright side, I don’t think Revelations has a love triangle.

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