Being an ‘East-End’ of London girl by birth, I’ve grown up with the legend of Jack the Ripper literally on my doorstep, I’ve been on one of many Jack The Ripper walking tours, I know the theories of the ‘who done it’? I’m not entirely sure how I discovered this book, other than potentially typing in ‘Jack the Ripper books’ in to Amazon… I was initially intrigued for two reasons. The first being that it’s fiction, so the creative freedom had the potential to add a new dimension to some of the history I already knew. The second reason was the selling point. The ‘stalker’ of Jack The Ripper in this particular instance, was female!
Right from the start there’s an exciting ‘plot twist’ by having the central character a kick-ass female of her time, challenging the world’s perception of everything it is to be a woman.
Audrey Rose is a young woman with a passion for all things science. She secretly works with her uncle in his laboratory, focused around forensic science and is a top-notch ‘CSI investigator’ of her time.
I don’t want to divulge too much information; but suffice to say, when I found out that this was part of a series, I promptly asked for a copy of the sequel as a Christmas present. Don’t worry, you won’t be left hanging, there is a climactic conclusion at the end of the book and Audrey Rose does indeed discover the true identity of the Ripper.
Even without the added benefit of being a page-turner, it’s an easy read. The chapters are short, so if you have OCD tendencies like me, it’s great to know that when you pick the book up again, you’re at the start of the next chapter! The characters are well written and you’re imagination is more than able to conjure up their images and demeanours. There’s also a fun sarcastic streak that runs throughout, centring around the heroine and her begrudged ‘sidekick’.
It was bitter-sweet to reach the end. I was proud that I’d ticked off my first book of 2018, but sad for the adventure to end. I haven’t jumped straight in to the sequel. I’m reading something entirely different at the moment. I felt like a wanted to pause and allow my imagination a little more time to think about what Audrey Rose might be up to after her first major case.
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