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, 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 claw-like slashes, Juliet fears one of her father's creations may have also made it off 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.
©2014 Megan Shepherd (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
I really loved this, especially by the end. I read the first book in the series, and it was fine. I started the second book out of curiosity about the cliff hanger from the first one, but didn't expect much. This second book was GREAT. The story is darker, I found it more mysterious and complex, and I really liked winter in Victorian London as the backdrop rather than the island in the first one. The reader does a great job, and holds her own with the different accents, although they're not flawless. I never got frustrated with her voice like I do with a lot of other readers, and she represents Juliet well, and reads all the characters with consistency. She also puts emotion and depth into lines that I may not have picked up reading on my own.
The love triangle was less annoying in this one than he first book, both love interests were more complex and depthy, and I actually found myself a little torn between them, unlike the first book. The reason I gave the story 4 stars is since it's a YA novel, I feel like it's a little simplified. If this was written for an older audience, I think it's potential could be through the roof.
Really really enjoyed it overall, will be getting the third one.
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