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Marry in haste . . . Murder at leisure?London, 1888: Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. After a passionate honeymoon, she returns home with her new husband wrapped around her little finger. But then everything changes.

Thomas's behavior becomes increasingly volatile and violent. He stays out all night, returning home bloodied and full of secrets.
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 1st 2021 by Head of Zeus (first published October 1st 2020)
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Pat
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect from this but, wow, for a debut novel in a genre I rarely read, kudos to the author for this book. Susannah Chapman, a plain woman with few prospects, has been trapped caring for her ailing grandmother for years. When granny finally expires Susannah, aged 27, is finally free to pursue a career in nursing to provide her with a basic living. She moves to London and qualifies as a nurse but then she meets the dashing and charming surgeon, Dr Thomas Lancaster. The doctor ...more
Barbara


3.5 stars

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Susannah Chapman is orphaned at the age of five and raised by her grandparents in Reading, England.



Susannah chafes at the dull life in Reading, and in 1885 - after both her grandparents have died - Susannah moves to London to become a nurse.



By 1888 Susannah is working at the London Hospital in Whitechapel, which serves the impoverished residen
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Clare Whitfield’s, “People of Abandoned Character” was one of the easiest five stars I’ve ever awarded to a book. Victorian London, a unique take on Jack the Ripper and an atmospheric location with descriptions the best I’ve read, I could have kept reading this for days, with every single page keeping me entertained.
“Susannah, a nurse at The London hospital, rushes into marriage with a young and wealthy surgeon Thomas Lancaster. After a passionate honeymoon, they return home to Chelsea but ever
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Rob
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical mystery published 2020
A debut novel from Clare Whitfield and what a debut it turned out to be.
This is a warts and all depiction of what life was like in the East End of London in the late 1800s.
In the 1800s London was the epicentre on the financial, military and political world. Yet for all it’s dominating power the life for the denizens of London’s east end was appalling. The filth, the squaller, the venereal disease and public drunkenness was, by modern day standards, out of cont
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Jayne
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you suspected that your husband was Jack the Ripper?

Set in Victorian London, this compelling atmospheric thriller explores the unsolved case of Jack the Ripper as well as the fragile role of women in 1888 London.  

Protagonist Susannah is a 30-year old nurse who loved and married a 25-year old surgeon.  Unfortunately, Susannah's happiness is short-lived.   After just two weeks of marriage, Susannah's husband turns abusive. In addition, her new husband starts to disappear at n
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Paul
Nov 19, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars
Here we have yet another twist or variation on the mythology around Jack the Ripper. This is set in London around the time of the Ripper murders, close to Whitechapel. There will be spoilers ahead as it is difficult to say anything meaningful about this novel without. It must also be said that any writer straying into this area after Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five needs to be really good. This isn’t. One can reach for the usual descriptors like, gothic, atmospheric, visceral. But it is jus
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MaryannC. Book Freak
Was so happy to find this with my Kindle Unlimited subscription because I searched for this high and low and almost purchased it on Ebay just to get my hands on this.

Set in London 1888, Susannah, a spinster nurse with no prospects of marriage meets and eventually marries a young, attractive doctor at the hospital she works at. Much to her good fortune
Susannah begins her new life in comfort and security with her new husband and his dour housekeeper Mrs. Wiggs, but soon after things begin to drama
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Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
People of Abandoned Character is a historical crime thriller and Clare Whitfield's debut novel, set against the backdrop of Jack the Ripper's hunting ground of late-nineteenth-century Whitechapel, London. Susannah, a nurse at The London Hospital, rushes headlong into a marriage with young, affluent surgeon Thomas Lancaster. They've barely made it home to Chelsea from their honeymoon before it suddenly dawns on Susannah that Thomas's charming disposition is changing, either that or the facade he ...more
Whispering Stories
Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com

I have a bit of a fascination with Jack the Ripper and my favourite historical novels are set in Victorian London so I had a feeling that People of Abandoned Character might just be the book for me, and I was certainly right.

We meet Susannah who has been through some tough times in her life. Hoping to make a new start after the death of her grandparents who raised her, she decides to train as a nurse, and it is here that she meets her younger husband Tho
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Sarah
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
‘People of Abandoned Character’ is Clare Whitfield’s first novel; full marks for an eye-catching title. It’s also a great idea to explore late Victorian London through the eyes of the wife of Jack the Ripper – or is he? Having recently read ‘Five’, the brilliant historical exposition of his victims, by Hallie Rubenhold, I was hoping for another intelligent exploration of a Victorian woman’s lot, albeit it fictional, intertwined with a Gothic thriller. Sadly, this was not to be.
The novel suffers
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**3.5 stars**

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield. (2020).

London, 1888. Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. After a passionate honeymoon she returns with her new husband. But then everything changes quickly. Thomas's behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and violent, he stays out all night and returns home bloodied and full of secrets. Lonely and frustrated, Susannah starts following the gruesom
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Louise Wilson
London, 1888: Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. When they return from honeymoon, she has her husband wrapped around her little finger. But Thomas's behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and violent. He stays out all night, returning home bloodied and full of secrets. When the first woman in Whitechapel is murdered, Susannah's interest is piqued. Everytime Thomas stays out late, someone is found dead. Is it a coincidence or is her husband Jack the Ripper?

Nurse Susan
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Jess
An absolute belter – what would you do if you suspected you had married Jack the Ripper?

People of Abandoned Character is a wonderfully twisty and atmospheric thriller that examines the utter fragility of a woman’s place in the world of Victorian London. It is devastating to learn how easily one could become impoverished, a ‘fallen woman’ as it were, and how difficult it would be to then forge your own freedom. Lost to the underbelly of Whitechapel, where even other women posed a threat - ready t
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Louise Wilson
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
London, 1888: Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. When they return from honeymoon, she has her husband wrapped around her little finger. But Thomas's behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and violent. He stays out all night, returning home bloodied and full of secrets. When the first woman in Whitechapel is murdered, Susannah's interest is piqued. Everytime Thomas stays out late, someone is found dead. Is it a coincidence or is her husband Jack the Ripper?

Nurse Susan
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Renee Hermansen
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clare Whitfield has excelled with this book. I was intrigued from the start and found that the story was expressed well and flowed along nicely.
In London in 1888, this book is seen from Susannah's view, as a nurse who rushes into marriage with a surgeon. She finds herself in a desperate lonely situation and focuses all her attention on the horrific murders happening at the time.
This book includes murder, secrets and deceit. It does provide gruesome details though out the book so be prepared but
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Bookread2day
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What would you do if you thought you had married a murder? He is my husband!

Honestly if you are going to read any book in October, this has got to be high up on the list.

Susannah is to become a nurse at London hospital, in Whitechapel. In 1888 susannah a nurse and Thomas a doctor were married in St Jude’s Whitechapel.

After they were married Thomas takes his wife Susannah back to his house. Thomas has a housekeeper, Mrs
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Lindsay
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Completely defied the minimalist expectations set by the tag line and the summary- this book is far more than it appears to be! Astoundingly thought provoking and engrossing throughout the entirety of the novel, I binged this in one sitting.

Despite being purported as a historical domestic thriller set in late 1800’s Victorian England at the time when Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London, People of Abandoned Character uses this idea less as a plot device and more as a backdrop into a
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Thebooktrail
Visit the locations in Jack the Ripper's London

You might think you've read everything there is to read about Jack the Ripper but this is a new angle and a whole new premise to be honest.

Have you ever thought that there might have been a woman, newly married who started to suspect her husband of killing these women or at least being involved somehow. If so, what would she have done knowing that women at that time were trapped, married ones controlled and their role in society not what is is today
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Rachael Eyre
I enjoyed this until the 80% mark, when it descended into absurd melodrama. I thought the way Mary Kelly’s murder was handled was tasteless in the extreme. I was also bothered by all the victims being portrayed as prostitutes, though this would have been the assumption at the time.
Catherine
A great debut that was a real page-turner!
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Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review

This is Clare Whitfield's debut novel, and it is one that I enjoyed.

I love true crime, and I have been fascinated by Jack The Ripper for many years now.

People of Abandoned Character is a warts and all story of life in Victorian England, the slums of London and the people who live there.

I liked how we are taken on one woman's journey and the questions she asks about her husband.

Is he Jack The Ripper?

I am sure many wived/girfriends/friends/family won
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4cats
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My bookselling spidersense is telling me that People of Abandoned Character should be on every bookseller's lips. The narrative is told through Susannah, a nurse working at the London hospital, whilst there she finds herself being charmed by a wealthy surgeon. After a hasty marriage things begin to change, Thomas is no longer charming, he becomes secretive, the only person he seems to trust is their housekeeper Mrs Wiggs. Susannah finds herself alone and when a woman is murdered in Whitechapel, ...more
Samantha van Buuren
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-worst-reads
I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy this book. It should have been perfect for me but it wasn't at all what I expected.

It starts out quite like Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, one of my favourite books. With the main character being 'rescued' from a life she doesn't want and swept of her feet by a rich gentleman with an unwelcoming house keeper. Unfortunately the rest of the plot was no where near as well written as Rebecca.

The book has some serious structural issues. The one that bothered me t
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Liz Smith
I am sorry to report that the promising premise of this book was sadly betrayed by one-dimensional characters and unbelievable plot twists. I found the idea that an intelligent, abused, medically-trained wife comes to believe her husband is Jack the Ripper to be original and exciting. However, it was immediately clear that he is not clever enough to be the Ripper and she is too drug-addled to be a reliable narrator. I don’t mean to imply that the plot was predictable - quite the opposite in fact ...more
estelle 🌙
LOVED IT.
Charel Demmers
Aug 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what would you do if you suspected that you’re husband is Jack the Ripper? That’s exactly what this book is about.

I like to read retellings of original stories and this is one of them. The story is well written and you want to keep reading to know what the outcome of the stort is. The only thing is that after the first half of the book the pace of the story slowed down a bit too much for my liking. For that 4/5 stars.
Bookclubforme
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliantly gripping, reimagining of the story of the world's most infamous serial killer. We all know his crimes but Whitfield's novel is an original take, told through the perspective of a mistreated wife. Who, after forfeiting her career as a nurse to marry, begins to suspect that her husband could be the brutal killer that all the papers are writing about.

Set through the darkest period of Victorian London, the plot is pacey, expertly crafted and absolutely full of twists and turns, s
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Jeanette
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a first book this read reveals a fabulous talent and a bright future for this author.

The book starts in a pretty straightforward fashion with the main character of Susannah Chapman with a few side stories that add to the body of the read. It's the year of 1885 where after the funeral of her grandmother with bags already packed Susannah heads for London. Even though she has a small inheritance from her grandmother's estate she knows it won't be enough to live on, so the cottage is rented out
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Joanne Sheppard
People Of Abandoned Character is Clare Whitfield's take on the mystery of Jack the Ripper.

Susannah, a woman with no family who works as a nurse, is newly married to Thomas Lancaster, a surgeon from a wealthy family. Their courtship is feisty and flirtatious and their honeymoon passionate, but upon returning to Thomas's London home, things soon change. Thomas becomes increasingly cruel and distant and his sexual demands more aggressive. He's paranoid, secretive and frequently absent - most often
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Morgan
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved the writing. I loved the language. The author captured 1888 London with all the grime, desperation of the lower class and the foul stinking fog.

Susannah, our heroine narrator, escapes her horrid past and gets herself to London to train as a nurse. Being already 27 years old, she has little hope of finding a husband. All Susannah wants is a way out of poverty.

Enter the dashing Dr. Thomas Lancaster who sweeps Susannah off her feet. They are wed in short order and have a
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