H. G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau is the second novel I finished while on holiday. Though I have to admit it is a really short one (only 143 pages).
"Adrift in a dinghy,
Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is
rescued by a vessel carrying a profoundly unusual cargo - a menagerie of
savage animals. Tended to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who
gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds
himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his
rescuer and the beasts. Here, he meets Montgomery's master, the sinister
Dr. Moreau - a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments in
vivisection have caused him to abandon the civilised world. It soon
becomes clear he has been developing these experiments - with truly
The Island of Doctor Moreau is a haunting, spooky and disturbing novel. Even though the book is so small, Wells is able to create a dark atmosphere in just a few pages. It's vividly and engagingly written with lots of detail.
The ending was really well thought-out. Prendick is trying to come to terms with the horror he’s survived but he has trouble distinguishing the human and the animal parts in people. Great ending!