Her Dark Curiosity (Madman's Daughter #3) by Megan Shepherd
Source: Thanks to Balzer + Bray for allowing me to read an e-ARC via Edelweiss.
Plot Summary for Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard
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.
Review of Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard
My reaction to Her Dark Curiosity was pretty much the same as my reaction to The Madman's Daughter. I loved the author's writing with a capital L. She writes like a dream, weaving in historical details to create a story world that feels both authentic and atmospheric.
The thing that bothered me most about The Madman's Daughter is still operating in full force in Her Dark Curiosity: the maddening, incomprehensible love triangle. I didn't think it was necessary in the first book, and was even less of a fan of it in this one.
In Her Dark Curiosity, Juliet believes she may be the only person who can stop a murderer who feels like a creepy combination of Mr. Hyde and Jack the Ripper. I am ALL for that kind of plot, but it didn't pan out that way I hoped.
If you've read The Madman's Daughter, you'll know exactly what to expect from Her Dark Curiosity and can proceed according to your opinion of the first book. If you have had it with YA love triangles and/or are exceedingly squeamish, these may not be the books for you.
One last note: I was wandering about the London library near St. James Square and I found this page from Juliet's journal tucked into a copy of Wuthering Heights...
WARNING: contains spoilers