Author: Amy Carol Reeves
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Ripper (Book 1)
Publication Date: April 8, 2012
Format: Paperback, 340 Pages
ISBN-10: 0738730726 (Flux)
ISBN-13: 978-0738730721 (Flux)
Reviewed by: Bridget
“I felt hot breath on my neck, and, horrified, I knew that he stood behind me . . .”
It’s 1888, and after her mother’s sudden death, Abbie is sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. When she begins volunteering at Whitechapel Hospital, Abbie finds she has a passion for helping the abused and sickly women there.
But within days, patients begin turning up murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. As more women are murdered, Abbie realizes that she and the Ripper share a strange connection: she has visions showing the Ripper luring his future victims to their deaths–moments before he turns his knife upon them. Her desperation to stop the massacres leads Abbie on a perilous hunt for the killer. And her search leads to a mysterious brotherhood whose link to the Ripper threatens not just London but all of mankind.
Quick & Dirty: Great intense story with a wonderful heroine and a great plot line.
Opening Sentence: “Damn.” If the pickpocket had taken anything but that, I could have let it go.
Arabella Sharp has just recently moved to London to live with her Grandmother. Her mother passed away suddenly and her father died when she was very young so she really had nowhere else to go. She had never met her grandmother before her mother’s funeral, because her mother had eloped and her grandmother had disowned her. Abbie’s mother was a governess and she grew up comfortable, but never really wealthy. Her grandmother is a very wealthy women and she would love nothing more than to see Abbie marry well and live a very comfortable easy life. But to Abbie that would be boring and a waste of her time. Her grandmother offers her a compromise by giving her the options to work at a hospital where one of her dear acquaintance works. Whitechapel Hospital is in a bad part of town but she feels that Abbie could really learn a lot and see how great her life really is.
Abbie loves the idea and can’t wait to get started. She becomes a nurse and tries to help the doctors in whatever way she can. She finds the medical field fascinating and hopes to one day also attend medical school. Shortly after starting at the hospital Abbie starts to have visions. There have been some gruesome murders happening to some of the recently discharged patients from Abbie’s hospital, and Abbie is seeing these murders before they happen. They are calling the murderer Jack the Ripper and Abbie needs to figure out what is going on before anyone else is killed. She doesn’t know why she is getting these visions or what connection she has to the murders, but if she doesn’t figure it out soon she could be next.
Abbie Sharp is a wonderful heroine. She is very strong and independent. She has the option to live a very comfortable life as a wealthy wife and mother, but instead she chooses to do something more with herself. She really loves the medical field because she can help others while learning and growing as a person. There are a couple of love interests in the book, but I really liked that Abbie was an interesting character with or without a boy. She could stand on her own and didn’t need anyone else to make her likeable. She was very easy to connect with and I thought that the author did a wonderful job with her character.
William Siddal is a young physician working at Whitechapel. Abbie meets him on her first day there and she can’t help but find him very handsome, but very arrogant as well. William is a complex character he was raised by a famous writer and author that had a pretty obscure lifestyle. He is closed off to most people and comes across as a jerk. But when you peel back his layers he really is a sweet guy that cares deeply about the people he is tiring to help. When Abbie gets to know him better she breaks through some of his walls and gets to see his good vulnerable side. He really is all wrong for Abbie in so many ways, but at the same time he is perfect for her.
Simon St John is another young physician working at Whitechapel. While leaving from work Abbie trips on the stairs and he happens to catch her before she falls. He really is like a knight in shining armor. He grew up in a very wealthy family, but has tried to better himself by becoming a doctor. He is very caring and shows it by how he treats all of his patients. He is beautiful and pretty much perfect for Abbie in every way, but she just doesn’t know if she could ever love him. She values his friendship very much, but she doesn’t know if their relationship could ever go past that.
I really enjoyed this book. First of all, it is set in London in the 1800’s which is one of my favorite settings for a book. Then you add murder, romance, suspense and a great cast of characters it really doesn’t get much better. There are some pretty intense parts of the book but nothing too scary. It was fast paced and really kept me interested the whole way through. I will admit that the plot was fairly predictable, but I still enjoyed it immensely. This is the first book in the series and I can’t wait to read the next installment which lucky for me I happen to have a copy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes mystery or paranormal books.
Then I found myself standing in a dead-end alley at nighttime. I smelled rotting meat-some type of spoiled beef and fish from the cluttered trash piles of the alleyway. A cat leaped from one of the piles, sending an ale bottle rolling loudly across the flagstone ground.
That’s when I heard the scraping noise, from high on the wall at the end of the alley. I looked upward and saw a shadow moving through the darkness. I felt rising terror; I could not move.
The figure of a man crawled down the bricked wall. His movements were unhurried, even-paced-the scraping noise I had heard was his fingernails and boots upon the bricked surface. With each crouching movement, he came closer to the ground. I tried to run, but the rotting meat smell became overwhelming. The nausea and fear overwhelmed me and I felt paralyzed.
His head was almost to the ground when he looked up at me, and though I could see very little in the darkness, I saw the flash of a smile and a knife blade clenched between his teeth. There was something serpentine about his movements as he crawled downward, defying gravity, and yet I knew that he was a real human being closing in for a kill.
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FTC Advisory: Flux Publishing provided me with a copy of Ripper. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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