Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves [Review]

Ripper (Ripper, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves
Series: Ripper #1
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Paranormal
Release: April 8, 2012
Paperback: 340 Pages
Publisher: Flux
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
"I felt hot breath on my neck, and, horrified, I knew that he stood behind me . . ."

It's 1888, and after her mother's sudden death, Abbie is sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. When she begins volunteering at Whitechapel Hospital, Abbie finds she has a passion for helping the abused and sickly women there.

But within days, patients begin turning up murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. As more women are murdered, Abbie realizes that she and the Ripper share a strange connection: she has visions showing the Ripper luring his future victims to their deaths--moments before he turns his knife upon them. Her desperation to stop the massacres leads Abbie on a perilous hunt for the killer. And her search leads to a mysterious brotherhood whose link to the Ripper threatens not just London but all of mankind.

Shannon's Thoughts:
Ripper is an neat little fast-paced book.  It centers around Abbie who is a thoroughly modern girl living with her thoroughly proper grandmother.  Abbie is headstrong, but kind and caring.  She finds herself engrossed in her volunteering at the Whitechapel Hospital and discovers that she truly has a passion for it.  Meanwhile, she begins to have visions of someone killing women, who end up being the same prostitutes she was caring for at the hospital.  The paranormal aspect is somewhat downplayed and only has a minimal impact on the story.  Basically it allows Abbie to get involved with the investigation.  Reeves' take on Jack the Ripper is creepy and unsettling.  I really liked where she went with it, although it did remind me a little of the movie From Hell (anyone remember that one?).  There is a small love triangle between Abbie and two medical students.  I would have like to see this fleshed out a bit more, but I also appreciated that it didn't really get in the way of the rest of the story.  Overall, this book is a fun, easy and creepy take on the Jack the Ripper legend and is recommended for anyone who likes ghost stories or murder mysteries!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Ripper
2. Renegade

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