Title: An Anatomically Inspired Tale
Author: Betsy van Die
In: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Maxim Jakubowski)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Crime
Dates read: 31st October 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Which brings me to why I brought you here.
She’s collecting memorabilia. He’s a descendant of one of the cops on the Ripper case. What they uncover together is unbelievable and deserves to be put in a museum.
It took me a little while to click as to why and how this was a Jack the Ripper tale. The only clue I had was the fact that it was in a Jack the Ripper collection. But, as the story unfolded and the macabre collection was added to, it became a little more understandable. And then I kind of loved it.
Rather than being a conspiracy, murder or historical retelling of Jack the Ripper, this was a far more contemporary and approachable story. It has also been, by far, one of the least gruesome and gross stories in this collection thus far. After all, it was about uncovering the past through artefacts, not trying to relive it or recreate it like so many other Ripper stories…
I really liked that this featured one of the detective’s grandsons, and not the Ripper’s descendants. It made the understanding of the obsession that must have driven these men and the grasping of what they faced a little more approachable and a lot more intriguing. Because, after all, one of those men might have uncovered the truth and left clues for the future generations… we may never know.
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