Synopsis: London, 1888
Whitechapel is full of the noise of August Bank Holiday celebrations. Everyone is in high spirits until a woman – Martha Turner – is discovered brutally murdered.
Her friend, Esther, a lowly seamstress turned female sleuth, is determined to find the killer.
A young police officer, Jack Enright, takes the lead on the case, and he and Esther soon embark on a professional – and personal – relationship.
When another murder is committed and whispers of a slasher calling himself Jack the Ripper start flowing through the London streets, the search becomes even more desperate.
The police are on the wrong track and the young couple take matters into their own hands, and soon find themselves navigating through London’s dark underbelly.
My review: Over 100 years on the world is still fascinated by Jack The Ripper and I admit to being one of those people. I enjoy reading the different takes and possible announcements as to who he really was.
This book takes the murders themselves, includes Detectives Abberline and Reid and then creates a story around that. Young PC Jack Enright and his girlfriend Esther become embroiled in finding out who really did it.
I liked how it incorporated an earlier murder that even now we debate whether was the actual first one or not. I liked the added element of young romance around the dreary Victorian time period and grizzly murders. It’s a fast paced story, it’s quick and easy to read. Even the court room sections don’t bog you down. I read it in just about half a day (Including being distracted by the football). The characters are really enjoyable and well written.
This is the first in the series (I think there are 2 more that follow) and I will definitely be getting those. Really enjoyed this one