Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review ~ Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard: The sequel to The Madman’s Daughter takes place several months after Juliet’s escape from the terrible island.  She is back in London, and after some difficulties she finds herself under the guardianship of Professor von Stein, a former colleague of her father’s.  As Juliet settles into life with the Professor, she begins hearing of murders throughout the city.  The victims are all people somehow connected to Juliet, and they have three distinct claw-like gashes on their bodies.  Juliet fears that one of her father’s dangerous creations managed to escape the island, and only she knows who and what the killer really is.  Juliet begins investigating the murders and uncovers a conspiracy of unimaginable scope, depth and horror.
Once again, Shepherd has created a novel that walks a tightrope between Victorian propriety and a macabre thriller.  Lingering questions from the first book are answered, and new questions and issues come to light.  Every character has his or her own secrets, and it takes work to find out who the good and bad guys are, which is often not realized until it’s too late.  Shepherd parallels Robert Lewis Stevenson’s classic horror novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a perfect companion to this dark tale.  The writing is beautiful and detailed and storyline wonderfully woven and intricate.  The pacing drags at times and Shepherd falls back on similar phrasing throughout the novel, but never enough to detract from the overall effect of the novel.  It is worth noting that parts of the novel are a bit gorey, so if you are a sensitive or squeamish reader, this might not be your best option.  But, if you enjoyed the first novel, are a horror fan and can take a little gore, this is a great pick to read into the wee hours of the night.

Stephanie Meeks Barta\