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Ripper, My Love Paperback – April 5, 2012
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About the Author
Glynis Smy was born and raised in England. Her days are spent caring for her mother, and writing Historical romance fiction with a twist.
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The stench greeted the two women before they entered the courtyard. A block of rundown tenement buildings created a dark shadow across the street. Not a ray of sunlight could break through. In truth the sun would do nothing to brighten the scene. It was the worst area of the city. Smoke, gas, and sewerage fumes choked the residents. (End of quote.)
The dialogue is also excellent and captures the flavor of time and place in such conversations as this (also from chapter 14) where Kitty and Sarah are visiting their friend Sally, one of the "residents" in this rundown area of town:
A woman [Sally] dressed in drab, dirty clothes leant over a wooden crate. Her body odour was offensive to her visitors, but their faces gave nothing away.
'Well wadcha know, it's me girls come to pay a visit.'....
Sally suffered a hard life and circumstances found her working as a prostitute.
'Take a load off, it is me birthday and I bin celebratin', wore out I am' [Sally says]. (End of excerpt.)
One reviewer said the book was slow reading at first, and it was for me also. But like this reviewer, I too am patient with "slow" beginnings when I realize that the author is "setting the scene." And the scenes were good, filled with intriguing details, and the dialogue was excellent, both of which brought the characters to life, so much so that by the time the action picked up, I obsessively turned pages to see who was going to live and who was going to die, and who Kitty was going to end up with. Overall I found this debut novel to be a "ripping" good story and look forward to the author's next book currently scheduled for December 2012 publication.
There is an awesome, and totally unexpected twist, but I won't ruin it.
Smy's novel is thoughtful, engaging, and really exciting. She masterfully used history to create a backdrop, instead of letting it linger in the forefront like so many historical fiction writers do. Before I realized how she had done it, she transported me into the London slums, and had me wholly invested what happened to our protagonist.
Full of intrigue and action, you will find this a quick read and a thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
However, those who are familiar with Jack trivia, please don't be put off--it's not your average "boring retelling", because it doesn't stay true to the "facts"--it' wasn't written for that purpose. You see, it's not really about Jack the Ripper at all. It's a fictional account about the other people in his life. I won't go into whom because it might spoil some things. But intriguing concept, yes?
The beginning might be a bit slow for some, (not for me, though, as I don't read books just to get them finished), because it does a fine job of building character. But by around a third of the way through it really began to pick up pace. I read the last half of the book in half the time I read the first half. The world was believable. Some moments left me holding my breath. Some moments left me teary (especially toward the end), and for a person who doesn't often read this genre, it was a smooth and enjoyable hit of "history".
I highly recommend this. It's history without being history. Gotta love that, yeah?
Kitty Harper strives to be an independent, self-sufficient woman, in a time when such goals were often met with disapproval or disdain. Kitty’s dreams are primarily supported by a host of interesting characters, including her father, family friends the McKinleys, and an eclectic prostitute named Sally.
But, the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper also lurks in the dark streets of London, terrorizing the seedier areas of the city – which, unbeknownst to her, means trouble for Kitty. Smy juxtaposes Kitty’s journey to becoming a successful seamstress and designer with the development of a violent, gruesome serial killer – a killer who will impact Kitty’s dreams and become intertwined in her life forever.
Kitty falls prey to the misrepresentations of two men in her life, both Arthur Twigg, her tutor, and James Lockwood , her suitor. Despite a series of heartbreaks and secrets, Kitty continues to fight to maintain her freedom and, in some ways, her innocence, while turning to a surprise confidante to try to change the course of her life.
Smy’s portrayal of the life of Jack the Ripper, brought to reality through dark and mysterious characters, and the impact of destruction and murder on a number of innocents, offers a new, unusual spin on a well-known tale.
- Review by Jessica Driscoll