Friday, 27 April 2012

Review: The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) by Maureen Johnson

This book was able to grab my heart from the start, it appealed to me mainly by a main theme: Jack the Ripper. For those who don't know who Jack the Ripper was, you are quite lucky, Jack may not even be this mans real name! Jack was a serial killer who lived in England in the late 1800's, Jack attacked and brutally murdered prostitutes, he was never caught and slowly over time he seemed to become a legend. All records of the events were trashed or lost over time.

In Maureen Johnson's novel she recreated Jack the Ripper, he is back in England. I loved this book since it is obvious that Johnson put a lot of thought and research into this, recreating murders, events times, everything and was able to add a lot of 'Jack the Ripper' facts in her book. Then Johnson took it to the next step by adding different elements to the story, making it a truly unique individual read.

After finishing the book, I discovered it had a sequel! Which rather shocked me since the ending was well wrapped up, no cliff hanger and a great conclusion, this makes me wonder what next surprise Johnson has in store for us!

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London, it's the start of a new life at a 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.

To be honest I was skeptical at first but after the first few pages I fell head over heels in love with it, staying up till 2 in the morning reading it! Anyone who is curious about 'Jack the Ripper' or loves a fantastic read, this will become yet another book you won't be able to put down!

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