Title: Ripper Familias
Author: Terry Davis & Patrick Jones
In: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Maxim Jakubowski)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Family, Historical fiction
Dates read: 26th April 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Grandfather is quite right about the real police, I believe.
What happens when you realise that the man you wanted to admire is actually evil personified? How would you react?
We all like to think that family means everything. That there is some kind of tie created by blood that can be impossible to escape. Speaking from my own experiences, that’s not necessarily true. And this story definitely echoes that theory.
Not only does this short story question the ties of family and how important these relationships can be, but it also brings in the Titanic. I love the intersection in history between these two moments, the way that a tragedy turns out to be a saviour for the young man whose family is a little… unwell.
This story is kind of heeby jeeby. Because even though you think that the young boy has made the “right” decision, there is still a sense of unrest. The idea that maybe he is a bit like his grandfather after all…
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