The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is, of course, based on the famous tale by H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau. The original story was a cautionary tale against man’s hubris. The movie into which it was made was a horror film. This book, however, is a look into a woman’s life in the mid-1800s in Mexico.
This review is a cautionary tale against selecting books without reading even the synopsis. I went in expecting a gothic horror tale. I received a feminist historical fiction that moved at a snail’s pace. It took me over a week to read it and I didn’t like it any better by the end.
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau was not for me, but I’m sure historical fiction fans would enjoy its unique time and place. 3 stars.
Thanks to Del Rey Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.