The Name of the Star

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review

Louisiana teenager Rory is embarking on a new life at an East London boarding school. But even as she arrives at her new school for the first time, a terror is stalking the city streets. A series of brutal murders has broken out across London - crimes that mimic the infamous Jack the Ripper murders that took place more than a century ago.

As a fever of 'Rippermania' spreads across London, Rory finds herself unexpectedly entangled in these dark events when she alone sees the man who the police believe to be the prime suspect. But why didn't anyone else notice the sinister man -  and is Rory herself about to become the next target?

The first in Maureen Johnson's Shades of London series is a dark, gripping thriller set in contemporary London, which puts a fresh spin on the paranormal. Readers looking for excitement and suspense will be gripped by the hectic twists and turns of the plot, and the final cliffhanger of an ending, but there's plenty of Johnson's trademark wit in evidence too.

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