by Amy Carol Reeves
Published April 8th 2012
ARC from Netgalley
Another book based on the Jack the Ripper murders! Apparently 2012 is indeed a good year for historical fantasy since so many are published this year. Ripper started off well and we are introduced (rather quickly) to Abbie who just lost her mother and now are sent off to live with her wealthy grandmother. At the request of a close family friend (and apparently since it's considered vogue to do so by her dear grandma), Abbie was ordered to volunteer at Whitechapel Hospital.
Now things get a lot more interesting when Abbie gets there as she meets Simon and Williams; two handsome young doctors working in the hospital. Thankfully there's not much of a love triangle since Abbie is very much pre-occupied by the mysterious gruesome killings. I also love how Abbie decided that it's her calling to be a doctor rather than just be relegated to the sidelines as a nurse or something.
The ending is kind of abrupt for me. One minute Abbie and her young men are running for their lives and the next everything was revealed and ended. It's like in the movie when the villain finally confess to his wrongdoings and his ulterior motives. The same thing happened here. I wished there were more clues or maybe a flashback to the past or something to give us a glimpse of the whole murder connection.
I'm kind of on the fence regarding this book. Although it does not bore me but it just doesn't leave an impact. Overall, it is a quick enjoyable read without taxing the mind too much.
Recommended for: fans historical fantasy
Verdict: 3 stars.
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