happy new year! today, i come to you with a book review of amy carol reeves’ ripper. set in 1888 england, the book follows abbie sharp, a young girl whose mother has just died of disease, as she acclimates to life in kensington with her strict, snooty grandmother. she soon forced into working at whitechapel hospital, know for its treatment of prostitutes, in the east end, a much poorer district than where she lives.
as is with the title, jack the ripper starts killing patients of the hospital abbie works at, but there’s a twist to it. she can see the victims through the ripper’s eyes.
from there, a whole bunch of supernatural occurrences ensue mixed with some minor love triangle action with two of her coworkers, william and simon.
as the novel concludes, you’re left with a, although surprising, lackluster ending. now, on to my review.
i would have to give this story a no. i am a huge fan of murder mysteries and creepy occurrences in novels, but this work didn’t combine those two things effectively. whenever abbie experiences these visions i just rolled my eyes. although mysterious (and later connected), most of her visions added very little dramatic affect. in fact, they often muddled the events as the occurred.
another thing, the imagery of the chalice, usually found in the visions, was always poorly placed. it became very apparent what the significance of this object and to whom the significance was related to. i’m trying not to spoil anything, so forgive me if these next few sentences are a bit vague. with each mention of a chalice, the reader figures out the whole “mystery” of the novel immediately. i wish reeves thought more carefully about leaving a bit more in the dark, which would’ve lead to a grander reveal.
my biggest issue with this book was the love triangle! it was very obvious from the first few chapters that abbie would have awkward romantic encounters with the two rivaling men. the way reeves describes them is cringey at best. also, there’s zero build up to either of the relationships. so, when romantic encounters ensue (again, sorry for the ambiguity) they feel out of place and, frankly, unnecessary.
also, i’ve found out that this is the first of three books! but, i will obviously not be reading the rest of the series. if you can’t see my disdain for this book, let me give you one final reason. i just don’t like the writing and subject matter. obviously, this is my personal opinion and if this is your favorite book, i apologize. i picked up this book because i love me a good mystery, especially with an elusive serial killer featured, but this book failed to impress me.
i hope the next time i write to you all it will be a bit more positive. i won’t have much time to pleasure read in the near future, as i go back to school, but i hope to keep semi-active for this blog.