Author: Maureen Johnson
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London, it's the start of a new life at a boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.
I really didn't expect to like this very much. I grabbed it on a whim one morning at the library, and expected an average
type young adult book. However, I couldn't put it down, and read it all in one sitting.
The beginning was a little too blah, and I did gloss over some stuff, including something that turned out to be a pivotal moment, so I had to go back and reread it. She seemed just like an American teenager, trying to get used to living in England, until a major part of the book is revealed, a part that I didn't expect. It changes the book and what I had thought I was reading, but in a good way. The book ends on a cliff hanger, and I was sad to see that the second book in the series has not come out yet. I will wait (im)patiently for it!
This book was really good I thought. It was pretty graphic about the Jack the Ripper murders in some areas, so I would keep that in mind when recommending it to a kid. I know a 7th grader that I almost suggested it to, but decided against it at the last minute. I would stick to high school age and up for this one.