Title: Madame X
Author: Nicky Peacock
In: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Maxim Jakubowski)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime
Dates read: 19th December 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: A sweet second of elation shuddered through the doctor’s body, then he realized the horror of what had just happened.
The doctor has been called to see a patient. What he finds in the depths of a whorehouse is nothing like what he expected. It will become his worst nightmare. Maybe the Ripper isn’t so bad after all…
I’m getting towards the end of The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories. And surprisingly, I hadn’t actually read any stories which featured Jack as a hero. Or made an attempt at justifying his actions beyond exploring the idea of him being clinically insane. It was really fun to read a story which does this. Fun, interesting and a great new way to look at the reality.
I read a lot of books and stories which feature sex in some way, shape or form. This is the first one that made me feel so incredibly squirly. There was just something about the descriptiveness of some of the acts. And since it involved an insane, rabid prostitute… they weren’t comfortable descriptions. Or sexy in any way, shape or form.
Although I liked the angle that this story took, I didn’t really enjoy it. There was a little too much rutting throughout the story to make it one that I would feel comfortable with. There was nothing about the passions of sex in this. It was just… so wrong in so many ways.