Her Dark Curiosity

Paperback | December 23, 2014

byMegan Shepherd

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Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this tantalizing sequel to Megan Shepherd's gothic suspense novel The Madman's Daughter explores the hidden natures of those we love and how far we'll go to save them from themselves. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray.

Back in London after her trip to Dr. Moreau's horrific island, Juliet is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget her father's legacy. But soon it's clear that someone—or something—hasn't forgotten her, as people close to Juliet start falling victim to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes. Has one of her father's creations also escaped the island?

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, her past bubbling to the surface, and her life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

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Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this tantalizing sequel to Megan Shepherd's gothic suspense novel The Madman's Daughter explores the hidden natures of those we love and how far we'll go to save them from themselves. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray. Back in London after her trip to Dr. Moreau's horrific island, J...

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Months have passed since Juliet Moreau escaped her father's island. Now back in London, she is rebuilding her life and trying to forget Dr. Moreau's horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn't forgotten her.As people close to Juliet fall victim to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet f...

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family's independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog, and she wouldn't want to live anywhere else. She is also the author of the Madman...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:December 23, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006212806X

ISBN - 13:9780062128065

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even Better than Book One Spoiler Alert: I enjoyed this book much more than I did the first one in the series; even if I didn't have the first book to compare it to, it still holds up well on its own. I was interested the entire way through and the writing was great. Many things I had a problem with in the first book have been dealt with, and I can almost stand the love triangle aspects of the story. Besides spelling Edward's name wrong on page 65 (I'm surprised nobody caught that before it hit the press), the quality of the novel has really increased compared to the previous one. The writing was pleasant, the mood was set very nicely, the character interactions felt real, and the plot was interesting to follow. Juliet's fear of ending up like her father was better done in this book, and it was great to see how her cure only fixed her physical ailments and not her mind because it would've been disappointing to have that whisked away through sheer medical ingenuity. No, it was very good to leave that as it was because it formed her character and her development wouldn't have meant much without it still there in the end. I didn't care much for Juliet giving herself to Edward mindless then refusing Montgomery later on, but her passion was well written and the descriptions kept me interested in their relationships before and after this moment. I still don't approve of the usual whiplash of love affections that love triangles have, which usually results in the choice of the one over the other for vague reasons, but all the interactions were done well and the writing definitely helped with that. Normally I roll my eyes when obvious references are made to other references in the genre, but I did like the Mr. Jakyll pun and the Mr. Hide and Mr. Seek reference to Stevenson's story. The reference at the end to Frankenstein felt forced and that had me rolling my eyes, but we'll see how it progresses in the sequel. I think my preference for this book over the previous one, besides the increase in writing quality, was the setting. The author was good at setting the mood, but more so having the plot take place in the city was much more welcoming. Combined with her good use of description, I found myself pulled into this one easier. The interactions with the characters and the setting felt real, and that was a good change from the previous book. Juliet's decisions were made properly, her feelings felt true, and the plot flowed nicely; this is something that I don't always find in YA, so it was a good reading experience. The ending felt a bit rushed (the last chapter or so, at least) in terms of the denouement, but the final plot point was well done, the story was well paced, and the scenes progressed logically. I liked the resolution to the happenings in this book (interested how it almost paralleled the solution in the last one) and I look forward to the next one, although I wish it ended on a better note. Revealing Elizabeth's heritage felt pointless that late and I would've preferred it to happen earlier (or for a bit more plot to follow after it) or for it to wait until the next book, but I guess I'll have to wait until the final book to see how well the decision was made. I'm looking forward to the next book more than I was this one after my experience with the first book, because after reading how much better it had gotten I definitely had an interest in the plot. The love triangle fell in importance and it became more about righting wrongs and fixing things, so I'm glad that I have a different outcome to look forward to in the finale.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Book vs. Tv series The tv series is wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life First off, I highly recommend the audio books for this trilogy. The narrator is fantastic. She gets the Gothic tone of these books. I did switch off and read the last 100 pages, and still thoroughly enjoyed the book. But the audio really gets me in the mood. With Juliet being back in London I thought the creepiness factor would decrease. But nope. Still extremely creepy. Juliet was a bit indecisive which frustrated me at points. And I'm kinda of scared of where her mind is going(in both the romantic and mental well being way). I also really enjoyed the thrilling mystery story line. Although knowing who the killer was didn't take away from the story for me. Because I also knew there was more to it, and I was fully invested in Juliet and the gang getting to the bottom of it. It still surprises me how much I'm enjoying such a dark, Gothic horror type book. It's pretty raw and gross at times. But that's what makes it so fantastic. I'm really intrigued to see how the last book plays out.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Need A Stronger Romance! I have to admit, the first book was much better. There was more drama and romance. This was basically all about the mystery of Edward.  He is really psychotic, I have to admit. I loved him in the first book, but I didn't find him to be my favourite male in this one, not at all. He kept me wondering, does he really love Juliet? Montgomery was kind of sneaky too, even though he had a really big soft side, which I thanked him for. But, I didn't see any romance or love in this one at all. Juliet didn't like any of them, and Montgomery liked her but she didn't show him that she liked him back. The big shocker towards the end of the book was weird... I didn't know how the characters would react. Juliet is much more grown up in this book. There is no mystery to her life anymore, and she knows everything that is happening. I have to admit that some points were dull, and I got bored a few times, but I still overall enjoyed the game the author played with us here. Team... Montgomery? I guess... MORE STRONGER ROMANCE PLEASE AND LESS UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES AND I'm all good...
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel! This is a sequel to The Madman’s Daughter and picks up soon after the first one left off. It’s been a couple of months since Juliet’s return from the island and she’s trying to settle into her old life back in London. When people from her past start turning up dead with vicious claw marks slashes through them, Juliet fears it’s one of her father’s creations that has escaped from the island. She’s determined to find it before the police to keep her father’s experiments out of the hands of people who just might try to re-create them. I am a huge fan of re-tellings and I especially love when there’s a dark twist to them. This one, a re-telling of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, was really hard to put down. I really liked the first book and the dark plot started there was present in the sequel as well. The writing was just as addicting in the first book and the pacing made it really hard to put down even when you know you have to work early in the morning. Juliet was my favorite part of the first book but here, there’s a whole new cast of supporting characters who were all interesting in their own rights. I particularly liked Lucy, Juliet’s best friend, and their friendship. It could have easily turned into a girl-hate-girl-over-boy trope but instead we got this amazing female friendship that, while they did discuss boys, wasn’t built around boys. The professor who took Juliet in and his daughter Elizabeth were also great. I loved getting to learn details of Juliet’s parents through them, especially Juliet’s mother. Juliet still was one of the best parts of the sequel. She’s this smart girl interested in science and medicine in a time when girls aren’t allowed to do much. She struggles with what her father did and what happened on the island; it doesn’t just disappear from her mind now that she’s back in London. Because of her fears and insecurities about being like her father, she makes some horrible decisions. She’s human, she’s flawed, she’s prone to bad decisions and mistakes. It’s great. There is a love triangle that had been slightly present in the first book that gets more focus in this one. This is a triangle that makes sense to me. Juliet is torn between the boy from her childhood that she’s always liked and the boy who understands her in ways no one else can. Right now, letting go of either would be like letting go of a part of her and she’s not ready for that. I was able to figure out a lot of the twists that came in the book. There was never really a jaw-dropping ‘did that really just happen?’ moment because of that. Even with that though, I did enjoy this one just a little more than the first. The ending has me really excited for the last book, especially if it’s the re-telling I think it might be. And with the cover art for the first two being so gorgeous, I really can’t wait for the reveal for the third one. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT Juliet's back in London, and her new guardian is a kind and gentle man who is in turn a great father figure for her. Then dead bodies that are murdered in the same fashion as the island murders are showing up around the city. Juliet can't help but wonder if the beast escaped and has targeted her as its next victim. What can I say about this book? Intense. Dramatic. Shocking. Thrilling. That's a good summary of what I believe this book to be about. Not only did Megan write a well written second novel, she made me more interested in her character's lives. That's something that's very hard to do and something I know lots of people will do. The mystery surrounding the murders fueled my need to know WHY. It was incredibly brutal how they were killed, and what goes on in the final scene is just so gruesome, I don't even like to think about it. Now to the characters. I love how different Juliet is in this one. Her thoughts are just so incredibly dark and vindictive that I couldn't help but gasp at certain parts when she thought of them. She's also struggling with her thoughts only because she doesn't want to become as mad as her father. Yet there's that tiny part of her that relishes and it's scary as heck! Love for Montgomery is still there in her heart, but he's keeping secrets and I was dying to know what they were. I also enjoyed reading about a certain other lover of Juliet's, but I won't name him because it could be a potential spoiler. I just liked their banter and wit when they were talking to one another. It also helps that he understands her better than she understands herself. And lastly, my favourite character..Balthazar the sweetheart whom I find just so huggable and kind. Overall, this book is easily devoured and there's also a hint to what retelling is next for this trilogy. More please?
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Follow Up Wow! Megan Shepherd has done it again. Just what I needed. Her Dark Curiosity is everything I'd hoped it would be after thoroughly enjoying The Madman's Daughter. I was worried that as the second book doesn't always live up to the expectations following a stellar first novel but I needn't have. Megan Shepherd delivers another excitingly terrifying and beautifully written follow up.  I can not rave about both of her books enough! My only problem is that her books are so enjoyable to read that I finished them far too soon! My last word: Unputdownable! 
Date published: 2013-11-22

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