Paperback: 340 pagesExpected Publication: April 8th 2012
Series: Standalone ( MAYBE? )
Received: eGalley via NetGalley
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge, 2012 Goodreads Challenge
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.
This was such a heart racing, gory, astounding book. I was so engrossed in the words, wanting to know what was going to happen from one page to the next. After the first couple chapters I was hooked and there was no turning back. I was up all night reading this book.
We meet Arabella, who lives on an estate with her Grandmother, after her mother's death.
After getting in trouble one night her Grandmother insists that she has to take a volunteer job working at a hospital, Whitechapel, that is the home for prostitutes who need medical help, but have no money.
After some time working at the hospital, Arabella has a dream, about a murder that happened to one of the girls that was at the hospital, but recently discharged. Thinking nothing of it until she realizes, this it indeed has happened. What is going on? Why would Arabella have such a dream about a murder that has happened?
After finding out that her mother may have had some sort of secret herself, that her Grandmother disapproves of. Arabella tries to figure out what is going on. Why she is linked to the "Ripper" and why he is killing these women.
Looking more into her visions, Arabella has to find out who the "Ripper" is before it is too late. Before he kills her friends and family, or worse her.
Reeves wrote such an amazing book, that left me wanting so much more. The ending of this book left room for a sequel so I am hoping that there may be one. I loved the Main Character, Arabella, and how strong she was. Determined even. The detail in the book, leaves the hairs on the back of your neck standing. Gruesome, but yet so beautifully written, (if you get what I am saying). It was written in a way that made you get goose bumps, and possibly look out the peep hole in your door. I was reading this book very late at night, so every noise I heard had me looking around, yet unable to stop reading. (I am a "scardy pants" at times) I envisioned everything perfectly. I was never confused with the different elements that Reeves intertwined in throughout the book. I thought that it flowed perfectly. Sucking me in further after every page I read. Astounding.