Ripped: A Jack the Ripper Time Travel Mystery by Shelly Dickson Carr



* I was given a complimentary copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

509 pages
New Book Partners (December 2012)


After her parents were killed, Katie left Boston to live with Grandma Cleaves in London. It still seems like a bad dream. But she's doing okay, even making new friends.

A bit of a history buff, Katie likes living in a city where so much has happened, likes walking the same streets as the authors of Dracula and the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. This cool, bookish teen is working on her British accent and even learning some Cockney rhyming slang from handsome Toby.

When a museum visit with friends turns funky, Katie finds herself in a long, uncomfortable dress, wearing a ridiculous hat. What happened to her jeans and high-top sneakers? Where's her iPhone? It's London, 1888. Smart, gutsy Katie realizes she's here to stop a serial killer. She can't bring her parents back, but maybe she can save these women. Katie 's read about the Ripper, knows the names of his victims, even knows where and when they were killed. She's watched her fair share of CSI, knows about profiling and forensics. Surely she knows enough to save the lives of his victims. But how will changing history affect the lives of those she loves most?

My Thoughts:

I thought the book was a little too long so at times, I'd put it down and start it again. Towards the middle of it though the action picked up and it was an exciting read. The author also had enough red herrings where it was hard to figure out who did it. I also enjoyed how she used real historical figures such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and James Whistler as part of the plot. So I'm going to give it:


Shelly Dickson Carr


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