Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile, 372 pages
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events 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. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target?
Boarding school in London, a serial killer that only Rory can see...this book is filled with tension, action, and humor. I really enjoyed Rory's voice and her dry sense of humor. I liked the secondary characters as well, especially Jazza and Boo. I want to know more about Stephen, I think there's a lot of potential with his character. The beginning of the book is more about Rory figuring out how things work at her new school, but the suspense slowly builds as Rippermania hits London and people become both excited and scared about the murders throughout the city. The second half really picks up with the action and I found myself both fascinated and horrified by what was happening. My only complaint is the motive of the killer, which makes no sense to me. I can't say more without spoiling it, though, so I'll leave it at that. The book wraps up things quite well, and then there's a final twist that's not a cliffhanger, but makes me excited about reading the next book. Suspense with a supernatural twist, I really liked it.
Posted by: Pam