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Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Pamela West
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Aug 01, 2011

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Read from August 01 to 06, 2011

This starts really well -- interesting and told by a charming first person character (West). The details are phenomenal -- suggesting a remarkable amount of research. I'm not a Ripper-ologist, so I don't know how accurate the research was, but it felt intuitively to ring true. The problem (and the reason for 3 stars instead of more) is that as the book progresses, it falls apart. From realistic and gritty to dreamy and metaphoric. From probably to unlikely. From a non-fiction flair to a purely fictional conclusion. I won't give away the ending. I don't like people who spoil a plot line. But I'll say this -- the ending and the "real" Ripper ended up being someone that (even as little as I know about Jack the Ripper) is impossible. And that's too bad. For a book that had so much going for it in the first 150 pages, it all fell apart as it progressed.

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