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.
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The story picks up right where The Madman’s Daughter left off. Juliet is back in London and living under the protection of Professor Von Stein, a college of her father and a somewhat mysterious man with his own reasons for supporting her. As she makes her way back into society with her best friend, Lucy’s help and reunites her with Edward Prince. Edward has been courting Lucy as a means to get to Juliet and in his beastly form, killing those that have wronged Juliet in some sort of twisted gift to get her attention. As Juliet figures out Edward’s issues and hides him, she also runs right into Montgomery, who is trying to kill Edward. Edward also has another person on his tail, in the form of Lucy’s aggressive and possibly soon-to-be fiancee, Inspector John Newcastle.
As Juliet and Edward are both suffering from from their beast-human body part rejections, she is looking for a permanent cure to save Edward from his beastly counterpart and her from certain death. I loved the transition from one classic, The Island of Dr. Moreau, to another one The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Over all the romantic triangle works for the plot, and I could see Juliet’s point of wanting to save everyone but it seems she needs to save herself first. Yes, Juliet made a bad choice with Edward (not gonna give that one away) and Montgomery is still trying to save her from herself. I can only hope that Juliet wakes up in the next book.
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