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RELEASE DATE July 19, 2022
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 backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico.
Carlota Moreau: a young woman, growing up in a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatán peninsula. The only daughter of either 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 and plentiful coffers.
The hybrids: the fruits of the Doctor’s labor, destined to blindly obey their creator and remain in the shadows. A motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities.
All of them 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.
I confess I did not know much of the original story. I mean I watched the old movie years ago, and had a general idea of what it's about, but what Silvia does is connect it to a real conflict in Mexico. You don't need to know a lot about the original story to read this as she does an incredible job of explaining all the details.
Silvia has this incredible way of creating characters with serious flaws. Probably the best part I love about her stories, the characters are so imperfect yet you can't help but feel compassion for them.
The story is told in 2 POVs Carlota, and Montgomery. Carlota is the Dr's daughter and she wants nothing more than to make her father proud of her. And she is an obedient and in my opinion a friggin' saint. The way she holds her tongue when her father is cruel to her and to the hybrids made me want to scream.
Montgomery is a drunk with a heart break of a backstory. I mean my heart truly broke for him, but I will admit because it hit a little too close to home for me.
If you're looking for story with a little but science fiction and a little bit historical fiction, this is the book for you!