Amy Carol Reeves
Release Date: April 8, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge, YA Historical Fiction Challenge
Rating: 4.5 stars
In 1888, following her mother’s sudden death, 17-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.
Ripper was a very promising debut from Amy Carol Reeves. I loved the concept and how Amy Carol Reeves managed to craft a perfect mystery.
I love historical fiction, and Ripper was one creepy read! The way Amy Carol Reeves set up the story I was constantly on edge, and double guessing all the characters, wondering who could possibly have a hand in the mystery. I also really liked Amy Carol Reeves‘s writing style – I was hooked into Ripper within the first chapter. The plot was just brilliant.
I just loved the characters! They were such a fun batch. Mary was way too funny – she really brightened quite a few scenes. Abbie was an interesting main character – I didn’t absolutely love her, but I did admire her spunk. I do wish Simon and William had been distinguished a bit more, as I often found myself confusing one with the other. I loved the pair of them though.
The biggest downfall of Ripper for me was the ending. The story was so great up to what I thought was a bit of an awkward ending. It also didn’t quite feel complete and there were several plot points left open. On the similar note, I loved how Amy Carol Reeves ended the book with the very last page. It was quite clever.
Overall, I really enjoyed Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves. I thought it was a very promising debut and I loved the creep factor. My only issue with it was the ending, it didn’t seem to mesh with the rest of the book. I am very curious to see more from Amy Carol Reeves in the future!