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Purchased 4 x new paper back books (Jack the Ripper, Devil, Dracula and Houdini). The edgings around the covers were very crimped and Houdini had the most damaged cover because it had a tear on the back which tore into the bottom of some of the pages. The tear was noticeable but I will have to accept this, only for the fact that, they were purchased for a gift and if I return the the 4 books I will not receive replacements in time. I see that others have had the same problem so I hope Amazon take this on board and deal with this. They should be sold at half the price as damaged goods!
There's a lot to like about this book -- a decent mystery, good research -- sadly let down by horribly overwrought writing. Every paragraph reads like it was hoping to be used for an English lesson. Nothing can be expressed without simile and metaphor; everyone gasps and shudders. I can't even tell if I liked the characters because everything they do, say and think is so overly dramatic.
When I was a child, my mother used to say "Don't roll your eyes so heavily or they'll get stuck." If my mum's correct, I'll have to run around with a permanent eye-roll from now on. Words fail me if I want to describe how annoying I found this book. For the most part, I just wanted to scream: "Oh really? Is that so, Captain Obvious?" I really tried to read it through the lens of adolescence, but I still couldn't get past the silliness of this book. I'm curious if my students will like it, but I thought it utterly horrid. Two stars for it being a debut and creating some suspense towards the showdown, even though that was predictable, too. If I hadn't had to read it for my school's book club, I would have given up after the first half. Now I wasted Christmas break with this aggravating book and its irritating characters. A decision I wholly regret.
Scrivere di Jack the Ripper non è facile. Bisogna conoscere i fatti, l’ambientazione, il modo di vivere e di parlare dell’epoca. Niente di tutto ciò si trova in questo libro. I riferimenti al caso di Jack sono frettolosi per un thriller e piuttosto superficiali. I protagonisti parlano in inglese moderno e sono poco credibili all’interno del mondo vittoriano. Descrivere vestiti di seta e the pomeridiani non basta a creare l’atmosfera. In più chi sia il colpevole si capisce subito ed il movente, con riferimento a Mary Shelley, è di una banalità sconcertante. Insomma, Patterson sponsorizza l’autrice, ma non vuol dire che sia all’altezza.
I made it through this novel, hoping it would get better.....but it didn't. Audrey Rose irritated me from the beginning, and simply got worse as the story progressed. If you like brainless idiots for heroines and obnoxious faux Sherlock Holmes as heroes, this might be your cup of tea. It certainly wasn't mine.
The mystery wasn't much - it was pretty obvious the author was working up to the usual cliche of "you'll never guess who it really is" but it had to be one of the heroine's family, so there were only 3 suspects to begin with. Pick the most innocent-seeming and voila! - that's who it was. Soooooo unoriginal.
There are sequels (of course there are sequels; it's de rigueur these days) but thankfully, I won't be buying them or have to read them.
Great story idea that was very poorly executed. Jumps in the storyline that come from nowhere, awkward dialect choices between modern and old English, forced anecdotes and analogies, and a frustrating main character who is a random mix of overly confident in herself and so meek that it hurts. I wanted to like this book, but was sorely disappointed.
Honestly I couldn’t finish the book, I’ve tried to finish it but the characters are very frustrating. I get it they hate each other and yet they are always together. I know some of the issue is the way it was back then but reading about how much they love hate each other went on forever. I shouldn’t have bought the whole series prior to reading the first one…
Style, rhythm, and phrasing of the author came off as inexperienced; not unprecedented for a first novel, but will bother readers who are looking for fine writing. There is promise for author’s later novels, and that shines through in a few passages. The musings of the protagonist were often formulaic, repetitive, and silly; it left me skimming over paragraphs throughout. Ending (and murderer’s reveal) was ridiculous and out of place. The environment was a fun world to get lost in. Fine for casual reading if Jack the Ripper is you congealed jam.