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.
Juliet is going down a dark road and the control and consciousness I thought she had grasped at the end of the second book disappeared immediately in this one. She’s sinking into her morbid fascination with pleasing her dead father, tossing aside the morals the guided her through the first book and she clung to in the second, and shutting out everyone who cares about her. Poor Montgomery, he puts up with a lot of her issues and she’s treats him like poo for the majority of this book.
Anyway! I think it’s really interesting how Elizabeth justifies her use of Frankenstein’s science, and the almost uncontrollable thirst Juliet has for outdoing/pleasing her father’s ghost provides an interesting difference b/w the two scientists. However, the degree of secrets Juliet kept from Montgomery regarding her learning of the science really disappointed me. I mean they are engaged, she plans to spend the rest of her life with him, but her view on their relationship seems to be: it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission; even though we all know that he will do anything if she wants it bad enough. I was just all around disappointed in Juliet for the majority of this story. And I thought the “man hunt” was a bit lacking, but I guess it made sense.
The last 100 pages or so was when it picked up a bit and Juliet pulled her head out of the clouds and faced reality, and the reality of what she had been allowing herself to do. The “Big Secret” that Montgomery had been hiding didn’t come as much of a surprise to me, and I think he should have told her sooner, but whatever. The impact it had on Juliet’s view of herself, the actions of her father, and how it affected her justification for their use of science was . . . well, I still haven’t completely figured out how I feel about it. A part of me thought it was way too much of a turn around too quickly; but another part of me was just received she was seeing things in a different light already – and I also hadn’t realized how deeply she was tied to the idea that she had no choice but to become her father’s daughter. Overall, I thought the resolution was really good and it tied everything up in not too tidy bows, but with closer.