After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.
With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.
NOTICE: THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN A SERIES. THERE MAY BE SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS.
I loved The Madman's Daughter! Her Dark Curiosity was a bit of a letdown, but this book most certainly wasn't!
On the run, Juliet, Montgomery, Lucy, Edward (who is deathly ill), and Balthazar, make it to a very remote Scottish home (thanks to Elizabeth von Stein). But both the home and Elizabeth's family have secrets. Shown by the secret passages, the servants with non-matching appendages, and a creepy little boy. When Juliet finds out about the experiments going on in the house, she has to fight whether she wants to continue into her father's footsteps.
What I really like about this series is how each book is a retelling of classic gothic literature, yet all of the books are connected and have the same characters! And I am still able to see how it connects to the original story!
Juliet is such a complex character and she goes through so much character growth throughout this series. I had issues with her in the first two book, mostly due to the romance, and she still has her flaws, but I actually liked how this book addressed those flaws. In this book, she struggles with the fact that she actually liked killing those men in the last book. She also struggles with the idea that she might be becoming her father, by doing these experiments and playing god. She learns so much throughout this series and especially in this book! It makes me so sad how she has to learn, but I am so proud of how strong she has become.
There is romance in this book and it really takes a backseat in this book. I am quite happy about the romance in this book! There is no more love triangle (as Edward is dying and Juliet is now engaged to Montgomery), so there is no more annoying back and forth between men! Doesn't mean everything is all happy and dandy. Juliet and Montgomery do have to work things out in this book and it is very heartbreaking seeing them fight at all, but it is all part of Juliet discovering herself and I am satisfied with the ending.
I adore this series and I am sad to see it go! This book was dark, like the others, but it was even more tragic. Really, if you want to read an amazing gothic retelling series, this is the series to pick up! Now I am highly anticipating Megan Shepherd's next book, The Cage!