Author: Steve Rasnic Tem
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: 22nd November 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: No, a monkey.
Told entirely from the point of view of the victims – a different take on the Jack the Ripper murders.
I love the lower class register that is used in this story from the very beginning. It immediately highlights the fact that the victims of the Ripper were from a lower socio-economic group. Straight away I was drawn into their lives and tone of voice. Something difficult to remove from my brain.
This is one of those retellings that is incredibly disjointed. It works well due to the fact that there was a lot of confusion around the murders. The disjointed, incomplete feeling to this narrative highlights that fact. It kind of left me feeling a little lost and confused – which I think is the feeling that Tem was going for.
This short story wasn’t what I expected at all. I left it feeling kind of confused and a little bit hazy. But in the best way possible…