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From the New York Times best-selling 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 Yucatán 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.

©2022 Silvia Moreno-Garcia (P)2022 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Jared Gulian
  • 07-09-22

Great re-imagining, great narration

There is a long line of film adaptations including something like Moreau’s daughter, but historically they have been hyper-sexualised characters. Moreno-Garcia’s genius is to take that character and turn her into something entirely new by giving her brains and the ability to save herself. Great storytelling and a real pleasure to see Moreno-Garcia assert herself effortlessly into a long line of sci-fi adaptations. And beautiful narration from Gisela Chipe!