Monday, September 3, 2012

The Name of the Star

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)By Maureen Johnson

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

My Thoughts: 
I loved this book, and I absolutely did not want to put it down. 
The premise was intriguing from the start, and it lived up to my pre-reading hopes. 
Now to give you all fair warning, when you tell someone that the book you are reading has 'Jack the Ripper' in it, you are going to get more than a few funny looks. 
Now would be an appropriate(or not... depending how easily fiction can sway you) time of year to read this book, what with going back to school paralleling Rory's transition to London boarding school.

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