The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe 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. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humo(u)r, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
How did I hear about it? Five star review from Lee at Rally the Readers.
Love the cover, and the blurb. Rory may be from Louisiana but on the cover she truly rocks that ‘English Rose’ look the Victorians considered the epitome of beauty. Her thick tousled hair, the hazy cityscape and red writing promising “Jack the Ripper returns” caught my attention.
A gory opening sets the scene, while the next few chapters are more light-hearted and quirky as Rory adjusts to British boarding school life. The murders are in the background to Rory’s school life until she’s inevitably thrown into the midst of everything.
The pace trots along comfortably for the most part, and goes for an all out sprint now and then. It’s a page turner because it switches back and forth between suspense, humour and gory thriller. At no point did I find myself getting bored, there was just so much to entertain me – first my funny bone’s getting tickled, and then I’m all wide-eyed with shock and processing a gory scene or threat of violence, before I’m back to having a giggle. Rory comes close to death a couple of times, and the first time I laughed! I must tsk at Maureen Johnson for eliciting such an inappropriate response from me because you can bet she knew what she was doing with her irreverent wordsmithery.
Rory is hilarious, she comes from a family of ‘misfits’ and this made her instantly real to me – I believe we’re all peculiar in our own way. Her love interest is obsessed with the Jack the Ripper murders, and their romance is funny, awkward and sweet by turns. I’m not sure that he’s ‘the one’ and I love this because she’s not overly serious about her romance, it’s something that she enjoys and makes her nervous, but she never obsesses about Jerome. A relationship isn’t the centre of her life, and that’s a good thing, especially when Rory’s getting unwanted attention from ‘Jack’ and a new girl at school seems particularly obsessed with her too.
The other characters are splendid too, and I’ll leave them to you to discover (if you haven’t already). This read is the perfect blend of funny and thrilling
Now, CONGRATULATIONS, to Bea. She’s won the relaunch giveaway and has picked:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
She also gets the four lovely ebooks and swag.
Oh my goodness, this book was fantastic! Maureen Johnson has such a great sense of humour so mixing that with the dark murder mystery is brilliant!
Glad you enjoyed TNotS and great review 😀
Thanks Rebekah, I’ll be starting the sequel next week! Her writing’s quite the treat 🙂
I am putting this high up on my list to read. Thank you for an excellent review.
I really liked this one! I read it when it was first released, and thought it was cleverly done. I haven’t continued with the series, but I’m content to be amused and pleased with this first one.
This sounds really good, need to list it!
You made this one sound fabulous! And luckily, I actually have it on my TBR pile. Thanks so much for the recommendation! 🙂
I haven’t heard of this one. Thanks for reviewing it.
I’m so glad you loved this, Katja! I love this cover! The one on the hardcover that I own is OK, but I much prefer this one. Rory’s stories about her family back home were a riot, and although I did feel kind of bad about laughing my way through a book about a serial killer, I couldn’t help it because the humor was right up my alley. Great review! 🙂
Thanks Lee, I loved Rory’s family asides:)
So glad you enjoyed this! I found it amusing and funny, even though it also had some chilling scenes.
And Rory always makes me think of Gilmore Girls, too!