Jack the Ripper is back, and he’s coming for Rory next…
Louisiana teenager, Rory Deveaux, arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders, mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago, has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target… unless she can tap into her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.
Though the book has a slow start, it eventually picked up and I began to feel the increasing presence and tension surrounding the killings from the Jack the Ripper-like character. Using London as the backdrop and Jack the Ripper as a central problem, this book had the makings of a favorite to me but didn’t quite hit top mark in the end. Some of the characters felt very flat and one-dimensional with the exception of Rory and Stephen. I didn’t expect to like Stephen as much as I did but there was something about him I identified with, and I hope Johnson expands on his character, and definitely the others, in the next two books of this trilogy.
Because I currently live in London, my favorite city in the whole wide world, I knew the places and areas that Rory and her friends visited, and it felt a little bit like I was there and was part of the team. Another thing Johnson used to get me hooked was Jack the Ripper and yes, I have an interest in him and serial killers in general but I promise I’m not weird – just curious.
Do I Recommend
Yes. London feels real and vibrant, Jack the Ripper creates mystery, and the supernatural element makes the book thrilling. If that sounds like something up your alley, go for it. I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the problems I had with it.