(3.5 / 5) I liked the idea of a fictional story about Jack the Ripper. However, I feel like it fell a bit flat. It definitely kept me interested the whole time but it was a bit predictable, even knowing The Ripper story ahead of time. I actually feel like the excerpt from the back gave too much away.
The content was minimal except for the violence. There were definitely a lot of murder details which could be a bit much for some. There was detailed information about autopsies, bodies and the violence that most likely occurred. I wouldn’t recommend it for more sensitive readers.
Stalking Jack the Ripper
He murdered women in cold blood.
He terrorized an entire city.
He taunted those of us who hunted him down.
But despite all these horrors,
In the end, I could not deny it…
I was the girl who loved
-Excerpt taken from the back of the book.
Derogatory terms etc-
Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
A man smokes a cigar. This is regular for him and he carries the smell with him.
People are drunk at a pub.
A father takes laudanum, an opium tincture to cure him of insomnia and more. This is referred to many times.
Opium “dens” are strewn around the city for people to use.
An aunt is well-known for drinking before bed.
A man requests a bottle of wine.
A man smokes a cigarette and offers it to a young woman. She refuses.
A public house has men swigging pints.
Tea time starts with champagne for a group of women.
An inmate of a hospital is being drugged with opiates.
A man smokes in his office.
A man drinks.
A man smells of alcohol.
A man sneaks laudanum into another man’s brandy multiple times.
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
A naked body of a woman on a table has cloths covering her body parts to keep her decent.
Prostitutes are common. They are also the killers choice of victim.
Multiple women are draped over drunken men. They became prostitutes because it was the only way to make money.
A couple kiss hard, her holding his face.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
Discussion of a violent crime, amount of blood, blood spatter, how the body was found and if the woman was consensual or not.
It is determined that a killer will keep killing. (The first ever serial killer)
People wonder why the killer tossed her intestines over her own shoulder? Why take out her reproductive organs also?
A woman is attacked by 3 attackers. She dies the next day and it is determined it’s from an object that was rammed inside her body, rupturing her peritoneum.
A drunk man is bleeding and passed out. His head swings and it shows he’s had his throat cut.
A man is arrested for multiple murders. Torture devices are found on his property. He is scheduled to hang.
A letter talks of murder details, taking their blood to write with and cutting off the ears of the next victim to send to the police.
Two bodies are found in a very public place. One is seen with a sheet over it and blood that has pooled. A young woman investigates, fascinated. The throat is slashed and the body is opened up with intestines pulled out.
A decayed, half of a kidney is found. A note claims Ripper fried up and ate the other half.
A couple are attacked. The man is punched, the young woman has a knife to her throat. She stamps on his foot hearing a crunch, the man punches the attackers.
A woman’s body is found cut in pieces. The medical examiner has her blood all over his coat and sleeves from examining her. Skin had been removed from the body, her breasts were cut off and placed elsewhere, along with organs. Her face was mutilated, her throat cut, her heart removed.
A young woman finds where the skin is being kept, a heart is there also, then she finds a body. The Ripper finds her and explains himself on everything. The body was one he dug from a grave. He ties her up.
A man is electrocuted, blood oozing from his nose and mouth, smoke coming from his collar then his body is flung against the wall, dead.
Potentially Intense Themes
There is a picture of making an incision in a cadaver with a knife. Another picture is of a bladder distended
A young woman is learning to be a medical examiner. She frequently talks in detail about the skills she’s learning. She talks about the blood, smells and observations. It is fairly detailed about techniques.
“Fresh, unharmed bodies gave off a scent similar to raw chicken. Bodies deceased for a few days were a bit harder to ignore … (She) was murdered less than a day ago, but the string dead rat scent confirmed her injuries were brutal.”
A young woman takes a liver from a body and saves it in a bottle of formaldehyde, later displaying it.
A young woman works on an autopsy noting smells, tools and their uses, then weighs each organ.
A mother has previously died. Heart problems? Infection? Her young daughter beat on her chest to keep her living.
There is a picture of a man with leprosy.
A man in the book with possible leprosy, is described with graying skin pulled tight and open sores weeping blood and pus. He smelled of rotten meat. He thrashes and coughs violently and dies.
An inmate in a hospital is cackling, covered in his own waste and is severely mistreated.
A man is a medium and “speaks” with the dead involved in the case.
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