The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I came across Maureen Johnson the same place I found John Green – through YouTube. I know that’s a strange place to find new writers, but hey, it seems to work!

The Name of the Star follows the story of Rory Deveaux, a teenage girl who is sent to go to boarding school in London. A string of murders plague the city, mimicking those of Jack the Ripper. The places, the methods, even some of the victim’s names are similar to Jack the Ripper’s crimes. Then Rory meets a man who no one else seems to be able to see.

The press is baffled, the police completely stumped. Surveillance cameras show one of the victims being attacked by what looks like an invisible assailant. Everyone in London is obsessed with “Ripper-mania.”

I won’t say more so I don’t give away any of the surprises, but this book was great. It was incredibly spooky in the best way possible. I also love how much detail Johnson put into the history behind Jack the Ripper – she definitely did her research. The parallels between the current murders and the famous ones a century ago are perfectly done and very creepy.

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