It's London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory with nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital. Evelyn wanted to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut away from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred, who does not recoil from her, and who understands her pain.When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper's dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity's worst nightmares, in which the real monsters are men.A terrifying and haunting tale from the Edgar and PEN Award-winning author of Icefall, Matthew J. Kirby.
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels Icefall, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery and the PEN Literary Award for Children's Literature; The Clockwork Three, which was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start; The Lost Kingdom; Last Descendants, an Assassin's Creed novel; The Quantum League: Spell Robbers; and Cave of Wonders, the fifth book in the Infinity Ring series. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. Matthew is currently at work on his next novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Life hasn’t been kind to Evelyn Fallow. Working in a matchstick factory left her physically disfigured. Wishing to be hidden away from the streets and stares of the masses, she finds herself a place as a maid and companion to Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man. As she learns the routine of the hospital and Merrick, the streets of Whitechapel are being roamed by Jack the Ripper. Though neither leave the safety of the hospital they soon find themselves embroiled in the gruesome murders. Wrapped within this story of the bloody horror that haunted the streets of London in 1888, Kirby has written a warm story of two wounded people who long for friendship and understanding. This is a good peek into the life of those who inhabited Whitechapel during this period. Not just the desperate souls who walked the streets at night trying to make a living but a little insight, perhaps as to what drove them to that desperation. Especially during that reign of terror. Many readers will pick it up because it is a Ripper story. Some may pick it up because it has ghosts in it. I hope many leave with a curiosity into the life of Joseph Merrick and what life was truly like during this period in history. This was a good story and I will gladly talk it up.