The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
Edward Prendick is rescued from a shipwreck by a passing boat and eventually travels with his rescuers to disgraced biologist Dr Moreau’s island. As Prendick starts to investigate the animalistic screams that torment him in the night, he learns more than he wants to know about the grotesque experiments that Dr Moreau is carrying out.
I will definitely still read this with any children that I might one day have (hopefully one like the pictured Barnes and Noble edition, which is frankly gorgeous) because I think it has some fabulous elements that really captured my young imagination. Maybe there’ll be some glossing over, though…
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars for dampening my childhood memories of rum-swigging pirate fun with tactics and island warfare.
4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie