Early Review: Ripper By Amy Carol Reeves

April 6, 2012 Review 4 ★★★

*This title will be released on April 8*
 

image Title: Ripper
Author: Amy Carol Reeves
Series: N/A
Cover Art:Dominick Finelle
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt:  No
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Kristina

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; Original edition (April 8, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0738730726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738730721

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Sexual Content:
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Rating:

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Description

In 1888, following her mother’s sudden death, seventeen-year-old Arabella Sharp goes to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. At her grandmother’s request, Abbie volunteers at Whitechapel Hospital, where she discovers a passion for helping the unfortunate women and children there.

But within days, female patients begin turning up brutally murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Even more horrifying, Abbie starts having strange visions that lead her straight to the Ripper’s next massacres. As her apparent psychic connection with the twisted killer grows stronger, Abbie is drawn into a deadly mystery involving the murders, her mother’s shadowed past, and a secret brotherhood of immortals—who’ll stop at nothing to lure Abbie into its “humanitarian” aims.

Review

Amy Carol Reeves’s RIPPER brings a supernatural twist to one of the most famous serial killers to come out of London. A lot of the story takes place in the Whitechapel Hospital and here we see allusions to the murders before they happen in the story with a lot of historical details from the original Ripper cases including victim names, body discovery, and even authentic recounting of the dismemberment. This foreshadowing combined with the fact that one of the real theories is that Ripper was a doctor helped to increase the sense of foreboding and dread I felt while reading. I was suspicious of any doctor in Whitechapel Hospital which ended up being at least half of the secondary characters which wonderfully amped up the suspense and mystery.

While I enjoyed the unique story surrounding the Ripper murders I had issues with the paranormal aspects. Abbie has visions of the murders before they happen. We are given little reasoning for why Abbie has these visions besides a possible genetic link, and they didn’t do much to help that couldn’t have been done through non supernatural means. I felt RIPPER could have been just fine without the supernatural elements and been categorized as historical fiction instead of anything paranormal.

Visions aside, Abbie is a smart, resourceful, determined character but even knowing that she grew up on the mean streets of Dublin, I was baffled at her ability to fight. She seemed to be able to brutally fend off multiple grown men which, unless there was some hidden supernatural strength that came with her visions, didn’t make logical sense.

Overall, RIPPER did a good job exploring one of the most heinous  unsolved crime sprees in history. It was creepy and suspenseful and kept me on my toes especially when Abbie got closer to discovering the true identity of Jack the Ripper.  I really liked the focus on the horror and the mystery to identify the Ripper but felt the story could have been better without the supernatural elements. 

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4 Responses to “Early Review: Ripper By Amy Carol Reeves”

  1. Deepali

    Question – How do you manage to give the "extra" info around the review? The author links, the "similar titles" and all the info right up front?
    Id spend ages if I did all those! Its hard enough to remember to give the rating and blurb, I never do put in amazon links etc etc.

    Do you have a preset format that is easy to retrieve? Any suggestions would be great!

    Dee, An old follower from e-Volving Books

  2. Kristina

    Deepali,

    We have a preset format using Windows Live Writer. There is a review template we work on so it is kind of like 'fill in the space' and see what you missed before it goes up. Abigail may be able to give you some good suggestions…

  3. Abigail

    Yep, I created a review template that we use in Windows Live Writer (which is the program we use to build all our posts). It's extremely flexible in terms of laying out posts, so it was pretty easy to get everything lined up the way I want it. I also use a few plug-ins in WLW to make adding all the extra info easier like Dynamic Template and Title Linker (you can find them in the plug-in section of the WLW website. and we grab almost all the info from Goodreads, so it really only takes about 3 minutes to build a review post, excluding the actual review of course :)