I love her writing, gonna put that up front. Mexican Gothic and Gods of Jade and Shadow are two of my top tier favorite books.
This one hit around middle of the road for me. In The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, this is, maybe inspired is the best word, by the H.G. Wells book The Isle of Doctor Moreau . Instead of an island it’s in the Yucatán peninsula with the backdrop of the lush forest and the cast-war.
It follows Carlota, the doctor’s only daughter, and her life with the hybrids he’s created with funding from a man named Hernando Lizalde.
The reason this was middle of the road for me was because out of the characters, none of them really jumped off the page for me. None of them were as strong as I felt they could have been. Her writing is stunning, the atmosphere is amazing, but the characters don’t add up to it.
It starts with Carlota’s childhood and then her young adulthood when a new mayordomo comes to work there.
The pacing was a bit off for me. At times it was incredibly slow and others it moved more fluidly and with speed. Because the characters were flat, I found myself not caring much about them.
There are some interesting themes, regardless of the depth of the characters. What it means to be human, others suffering because of someone else’s hubris, coming of age and trying to fill the role of daughter and grown woman at the same time. It’s a good read, it just didn’t grab me the way her other books did.
I’ll still recommend this to people who want a good summer read. It’s not scary, not really aside from a few moments of action but that’s really it.
So for me, this is a three (3) star read.
I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to them and the publisher.