One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.
No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically. However, as they investigate the details of the case start reminding her more and more of a part of her past she’d rather keep hidden. And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.
Summary: (No spoilers)
Lacey Flint is a cop. She's young, she's quiet, and she likes to keep a low profile. But the Jack The Ripper copycat killer has other plans for her when he leaves a dying woman standing against Lacey's car!
She's thrust into an investigation she would never have been a part of otherwise. She's included into a team that may or may not welcome her at first (and some never do), while they scramble to stop the copycat before his next scheduled kills.
Lacey is an expert on Jack the Ripper so her knowledge helps the team of investigator get closer than the otherwise would have, faster.
It's thrilling from beginning to end. Seriously. And for the first half I made sure not to read before bed. It gets less scary toward the middle, so I could read the second half at night.
I had to get used to the British spelling and slang, but once I did I loved it. Apparently it's been a while since I've read Harry Potter, or anything else taking place outside of the US. Well... when I think about it I have read plenty of UK placed novels, but for some reason I have to get used to "my favourite things" spelled differently.
My other reaction was that of sexual tension! I was texting my sister, who started my book club with me, the entire time I was reading how I wanted Mark and Lacy to hook up (thought, to be honest I didn't put it so politely when I text her). Bolton wrote the romantic piece very well, and she kept it in the background the whole time. It was a perfect thread weaved into the thriller stuff.
My biggest praise goes to the twist. I won't say a thing about it in specifics, but OH MY GOSH was I surprised. I was guessing a lot while I was reading about who the killer could possible be, but I was wrong about all of my guesses. And then when I finished, and we discusses in book club, a few of the things I had't notices were perfectly tied into the twist. Brilliant.
Yes! Absolutely yes. I love serial killer stories, and how can Jack the Ripper not be fascinating. Thrillers that can keep me flipping furiously through pages and sitting on the edge of my seat always deserve a recommendation.
In face I already bought the next two books in the series: DEAD SCARED, and LOST. The fourth, A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE, is still pre-order only in paperback, so I'll have to read 2 and 3 while I wait.
If you like thrillers, crime stories, and/or murder mysteries I think this is a good one for you!