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Ripper, My Love Paperback – April 5, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Glynis Smy’s Ripper My Love grabs your attention from the opening chapter with a descriptive style that transports the reader into a dank London alley full of danger — and a dark... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Vine Leaves Literary Journal
I picked up this not knowing what to expect. I have heard of the infamous 'Jack The Ripper' but was not sure if this book had anything to do with that character. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Jamoe