Monday, April 16, 2012


Jack the Ripper is one of the most famous serial killers of all time, even though compared to some his confirmed body count was quite low.  Fascination about this case is as strong as ever, no doubt due in part because the case has never been solved.  Many books books have been written about Jack the Ripper - both fiction and non-fiction writers have told the tale or speculated on the identity of the murderer.  There's even a name for the in-depth study of the case - Ripperology!

This year not one but two books called Ripper have been published for teens.

Adopted by famous Pinkerton Agency Detective Hawking in 1895 New York, fourteen-year-old Carver Young hopes to find his birth father, but when he becomes involved in the pursuit of notorious killer Jack the Ripper, Carver discovers that finding the truth can be worse than ignorance.


Sent to do volunteer work at the Whitechapel Hospital in the east end of London in 1888, seventeen-year-old Abbie discovers the identity of Jack the Ripper.

I've read Stefan Petrucha's Ripper and really enjoyed it.  There were even some pretty good twists in the plot, so I'm not going to say much more about it!  Amy Carol Reeves' Ripper is waiting for me at home - I'm looking forward to comparing the two tales of the notorious Victorian murderer!

1 comment:

Jackie said...

And then there's Maureen Johnson's late 2011 title The Name of the Star about a Jack the Ripper copycat.