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 now believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was 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.
As I have mentioned before, I don't read a lot of YA but I'd heard good things about this book and well, let's be honest. Can I resist London, Jack the Ripper, and ghosts all in one story? No, no I cannot.
Also, Rory is not one of those annoying teens that can be found in other books. She is pretty self-assured though out of her comfort zone in this London boarding school. I think she is more horrified by the field hockey she is forced to play than the Ripper copy-cat.
Things start to get weird when she is the only one who saw the man outside the school window her roommate and she were sneaking back into. Now she has a third roommate that follows her everywhere.
Even though there are a million books incorporating Jack the Ripper, Johnson has a different take to add some originality. She also infuses a lot of humor in Rory that makes this a very enjoyable read.
It is the first in The Shades of London trilogy but I have a feeling the next two will be worth the wait.
my rating 4.5