Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin)
In 1888, England was terrorized by a faceless murder, a man who went by the name, "Jack the Ripper". Hundreds of years later, the mystery of Jack's identity remains unsolved. In fact, only one thing may be certain about him... he's back. It just so happens that Aurora "Rory" Deveaux arrives from Louisiana as Rippermania takes hold of London once again, ending up as the only witness of one of the Ripper murders. She's the only one who can see him, and might just be the only one who can stop him.
Maureen Johnson is a fantastic author, and her jump from realistic fiction to paranormal was evidently done with ease. This story is grittier and darker than her past books, but still includes the humor we know and love. Rory is such a likable character, and her partner-in-crime, Jazza, is someone you'll want to be friends with. (Plus, there's Jerome, a cute British boy. 'Nuff said.) The setting of Wexford, an English boarding school, is the best aspect, though, because it gives American readers a chance to experience something most of us only dream about. Not to mention, it really adds to the suspense of this novel. However, while it has been described as a thriller, it isn't particularly terrifying. It was a little nerve-wracking, but never edge-of-your-seat scary. It is enough to definitely make you bite your nails, though, because you never know who may be next...
Other books by Maureen Johnson: 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, Girl at Sea