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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

12 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night comes a dreamy reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the background of 19th century Mexico.

Carlota Moreau: A young woman, growing up in a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatan peninsula, the only daughter of a genius - or a madman.


Montgomery Laughton: A melancholic overseer with a tragic past and a propensity for alcohol, an outcast who assists Dr Moreau with his scientific experiments, which are financed by the Lizaldes, owners of magnificent haciendas with plentiful coffers.

The hybrids: The fruits of the Doctor's labour, destined to blindly obey their creator while they remain in the shadows, are a motley group of part-human, part-animal monstrosities.

All of them are living in a perfectly balanced and static world which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Doctor Moreau's patron - who will, unwittingly, begin a dangerous chain-reaction.

For Moreau keeps secrets, Carlota has questions, and in the sweltering heat of the jungle passions may ignite.

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Praise for The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

  • With intelligence, energy, and unexpected tenderness, Silvia Moreno-Garcia takes on Wells' classic tale of scientific hubris. Carlota, the mad Doctor Moreau's only child, is a creation more original than anything her father's cruel experiments could ever conjure. At once playful and deadly serious, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is an irresistible and thoroughly satisfying novel

  • - VALERIE MARTIN, author of Property and I Give It To You

  • The brilliant and unstoppable Silvia Moreno-Garcia continues to weave her magic in The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, a smart, sinister fable about social inequality and exploitation, isolation and abuse of power. In her usual fashion, Moreno-Garcia has given us an extraordinary heroine to root for in Carlota, a young woman who can't know until she's tested how much power is hers to claim. Both lacerating and deeply empathetic, this story satisfies the reader on every page

  • - PAULA McLAIN, New York Times-bestselling author of The Paris Wife and When the Stars Go Dark

  • As alluring as it is unsettling, filled with action, romance, and monsters . . . Readers will fall into this tale immediately, enchanted - BOOKLIST (starred review)

  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia goes from strength to strength. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is myfavourite of her novels so far - a gothic tour-de-force with characters who will keep youglued to the page, and a series of satisfying, surprising riffs on Wells' original story

  • - KELLY LINK, award-winning author of Get in Trouble

  • Paints a vivid picture that is as alluring as it is unsettling, filled with action, romance, and monsters. However, it is Moreno-Garcia's ability to mesh the unease of the scientifically created beasts with the real-life terrors of a life on the margins and the horror of colonialism that elevates this story. Readers will fall into this tale immediately, enchanted - BOOKLIST, Starred review

  • A chameleon writer with incredible writing skills - KIRKUS

  • Lush, eerie, and compulsively readable. This story got under my skin and stayed there - ALEXIS HENDERSON, author of THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING and HOUSE OF HUNGER

  • Beautiful, feral, and as sharp as a jaguar's claws . . . I felt the anger and hope in this story down to my very bones. Truly, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a virtuoso of the anti-imperialist gothic novel - ANNALEE NEWITZ, award-winning author of Autonomous and Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age

  • If you love psychological horror and historical fiction, this is the book for you - SHEKNOWS

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the multi-award-winning author of Mexican Gothic (a New York Times bestseller), Gods of Jade and Shadow (one of Time magazine's top 100 fantasy novels of all time), among others, The Beautiful Ones, Certain Dark Things, the noir thrillers Untamed Shore and Velvet was the Night, and the forthcoming The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters). Born and brought up in Mexico, she now lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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