Since The Madman's Daughter's release in January, I've been flooded with questions from readers about the second and third books in the trilogy. I wanted to answer some of the most common questions here, spoiler-free (though be warned, I do drop some hints).
Is Her Dark Curiosity a direct sequel to The Madman's Daughter or a companion novel?
Her Dark Curiosity is a direct sequel, still told from Juliet's point of view. It picks up the action a few months after The Madman's Daughter ends, with Juliet Moreau back in London, trying to piece her life back together. Of course, nothing is never that simple, as she is haunted by her past, and also stalked by new dangers.
But how is it a sequel if it's inspired by a different classic? I've heard a rumor that Her Dark Curiosity is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde...is that true?
It's true! Juliet Moreau will always have to live with the dark legacy of being Henri Moreau's daughter, but the inspiration taken from The Island of Doctor Moreau ends with the first book. Her Dark Curiosity deals with many of the same themes: the dangers of science, madness, experimentation gone out of control, but its major inspiration is Jekyll and Hyde. If you've read the first book, you might have an inclination for who the split-nature Jekyll & Hyde character is, but then again, you might be surprised...
The big question...is Montgomery going to come back??
It's hard not to give away spoilers, but...I don't think Montgomery fans will be disappointed :) We do learn what happened on the island after Juliet left, and that Montgomery's story isn't finished, either.
What about Edward? And Balthazar? And Moreau's other creations?
Let's just say that Juliet isn't the only one who escaped the island. We haven't seen the last of many of the characters from The Madman's Daughter, though we meet some new characters as well.
When will Her Dark Curiosity be released?
I'm not sure of the exact date yet, but it will be in January 2014. There will also be e-book and audio book versions (yay!).
Can you tell us about the third book in the series?
The third and final book in the series takes place in a creepy manor on the moors of Scotland, and also draws its inspiration from a famous Gothic classic that deals with experimentation and dark science...Mary Shelly's FRANKENSTEIN. If the first book's theme is man vs animal, and the second book's is man vs self, then the third book's theme is man vs death. And that's all I'm saying!
Will there be any prequels or novellas or short stories set in The Madman's Daughter world?
I'm currently planning on including some "deleted scenes" and short stories as bonus content in The Madman's Daughter paperback edition. Other than that, I don't have any plans for novellas or extra content, but you never know.
Here is the official description of Her Dark Curiosity:
To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it...
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 once more, 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 clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped 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.
If you haven't yet checked out the cover for HER DARK CURIOSITY, it's live over at Young Adult Books Central!