Title: Flowers of the Chapel
Author: Sarah Morrison
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: 27th June 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Lizzie, dear Lizzie.
Lizzie is hurrying home to report to her master, with the Ripper on the loose, she knows that she shouldn’t be out alone. But, when she finds out who the true culprit is, her whole world is turned upside down.
I loved this twist on the traditional idea of Jack the Ripper. Instead of being a man, she is a woman. And not at all who I expected. Which of course, made it all the more intriguing and impossible to put down. A little more tragic when the final ending hit.
This was a little sadder than most of the short stories so far in the collection. Most of them are kind of twisted, but this was a bit tragic. I felt Lizzie’s loss and confusion as the final words were read and it made me feel more connected to the trials of the victims. More connected to their fear, pain and suffering. Not only at the hands of the Ripper, but also the fear that must have coated the entire city in the months of his terror.
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