This book hit on a lot of my favourite themes - Victorian London, a woman willing to risk her reputation to pursue a career she is passionate about, historical fiction and of course, a re-imagining of one of the most well-known unsolved murders of all time.
- What I liked about this book: the author included real photographs from the period at the beginning of many chapters. Victorian-era London came alive thanks to these pictures and the vivid descriptions woven throughout the story. The re-imagining of the Jack The Ripper murders was also very creative.
What made me go "meh" in this book: while I found the main character, Audrey Rose interesting, I would have liked to see her character a bit more developed and given more depth. She was supposed to be a strong young woman who was fighting for her right to be considered an intellectual equal with men but then in some scenes, she practically faded into the wallpaper she was so submissive.
This book is definitely targeted to a younger audience (aka not me) with the romance falling more under the heading of "cute" rather than "steamy" - which is a good thing as Audrey Rose is only 17.
It's a quick and entertaining read but I don't feel compelled to pick up the next book in the series. Not to say that I won't one day but it didn't leave me wanting more.