Author: Columbkill Noonan
In: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Maxim Jakubowski)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Historical fiction
Dates read: 7th March 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: And there were that time last year, when you done got so jealous and threatned that one lady with her own scissors.
Martha is jealous of all of the women that her man is spending time with. But, when the Ripper starts killing these same women, she’s not sure whether it was her or something more sinister…
I really need to do a little more research on Jack the Ripper before I continue reading too many of these short stories. They’re amazing, and I love the journey that they take me on, but I don’t click as to the character’s names and the theories as quickly as I do with topics I’m far more knowledgeable on. So, it took me a while to figure out whether Martha was a woman who was a likely suspect, or one that was a likely victim.
At the beginning I thought that this was a great little retelling with the woman as the villain. It made sense in a completely perverse way, and it made me intrigued as to the who and the why (as I know many, many, many people have been before me). But, then, as the story progressed, I became more uncertain and confused. The misleads and the vagueness surrounding this story was actually surprisingly fun and has made me dig out my book on Jack The Ripper (the one that is actually the historical background, not the retellings).
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