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The mesmerizing story of a young woman in Victorian London who, haunted by the ghosts of Jack the Ripper's victims, is set on a terrifying path to salvation.
The real monsters are men.
London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, with nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital. Evelyn wanted to be locked away from the world like he is, shut away from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain.
When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper's dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity's worst nightmares.
A terrifying and haunting tale from the Edgar Award-winning author of Icefall and the Assassin's Creed novels, Matthew J. Kirby.
©2016 Matthew J. Kirby (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.
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By Lindsay Beattie on 04-29-17

A tale that lingers in the heart

The tale is enchanting in the most unexpected and unique ways that can only arise from the quirky, intense life and times of Whitechapel District of Victorian London. Matthew J. Kirby weaves together a narrative with such rich characters and intricate, emotional depth that you truly feel the heartbeat of a tormented place in time and cannot help but shed a tear in its honor and in respect of its people's perseverance amongst such turmoil. The narration brings the characters to life in such a perfect way, you feel as though you are standing in a room among them. The accents and cadence of each is absolutely delightful to listen to and breath additional life into an already chock full story. Superb!

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By Kindle Customer on 03-01-17

My taste was sated.

Excellent in all its iterations. Kirby is a master storyteller and he knows how to research and utilize his knowledge to make the setting, time period and characters come to life. This story expresses more than a taste for monsters but a love.

Also excellent narration, Ms. Mountford. You did Evelyn proud.

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