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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Fast forward to contemporary time and murders similar to Jack the Ripper's methodology begin to appear in the Venice, California. As the result of earthquake damage, Jennifer Silence uncovers a cache of human remains in her basement and this sends her on a quest to try to understand her family's role in the placement of these skeletal remains. Her suspicion turns to her schizophrenic brother whose behavior is becoming more bizarre and more like Jack the Ripper. Ultimately, Jennifer confronts the "new" Jack the Ripper and it proves to be a deadly encounter.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is not without its shortcomings. Some of the characterizations were not well developed. In particular, the character of the brother was a little troublesome for me. The author did an excellent job of developing this character, demonstrating the weakness of our mental health facilities and showing the steady downward spiral of a schizophrenic person who is off of his meds. However, the ending plot line for the brother was just too quick and too convenient and it proved somewhat of a let down. I found the secondary characters, namely the two police officers to be somewhat one dimensional and left me wondering if they were really needed for the story line.
It is not great literature but it is definitely worth reading.
Here, the author follows the theory that the killings stopped in England, due to his emigration to the US. This then picks up where the UK link left off, and we see him continue his killing ways. However, the majority of the story is set in the 21st century, where we are led to believe his descendants continued the 'bad' family gene. I will not leave any spoilers here, but it doesn't take the reader long to figure out - the thread we are being taken down is a red herring. Otherwise, where is the mystery and suspense?
I guess I was surprised when I did hear who the killer was, but I would have liked for them to have played more of a part in the ongoing story. We kind of see them at the start, and that is all we hear of them, until they make an appearance towards the latter stages.
The characters are not quite rounded in as much as they don't really reach out to us and tell us about their personalities, what makes them tick etc. Even the good natured banter between Jennifer and the officers involved in the case was glossed over. That alone could have provided some respite and humour.
Otherwise, it is an okay read. I certainly cannot criticise it to any extent, but just say it did not grab me in a way I hoped it would. That is in the main due to the fact the characters appeared a little 2-dimensional.
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