The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson
Published: September 29/2011
New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller!
The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
My first thoughts when I saw this book was that the cover was eerie as can be, mysterious and gorgeous. It set the tone for the book very well. I also liked that the beginning of each chapter had a design bordering the first page. I love little details that add to the book aesthetically.
Now onto what I thought. The first chapter was creepy as hell. I had instant goosebumps and it had me devouring the rest of the book. The pacing was a little slow at times, but it picked up when it was needed.
Rory was a fun, quirky character and all of the secondary characters were enjoyable as well. I am a little disappointed with the romance development that took place. Meaning there really wasn’t any, despite there being a love interest for Rory. Jerome could have been a great character had Johnson brought him into the story more.
The description was beautiful, and the setting of London was perfectly eerie. The mystery was kept up right till the end, with just the right amount of information leaked through. The ending was really interesting and raised a lot of questions that has me eagerly anticipating the next book.
Great for anyone who loves a good paranormal thriller. I give Maureen Johnson’s The Name Of The Star