In Which Ella Reviews The Name of the Star

It’s 2011, not 1888, but Jack the Ripper is loose in London, and once again he’s impossible to catch. Murdering women and this time also men right in front of the watchful eyes of the CCTV cameras, he’s recreating each of the six murders down to the exact dismembering of the bodies. And just like in 1888, he has the attention of the entire world.

Enter Rory, a seventeen-year-old girl from Louisiana attending Westford, a London boarding school. One night Rory catches a glimpse of a creepy man walking away from the scene of the fourth murder, the man the police believe to be their prime suspect. But there’s a catch—only Rory was able to see him, not even her roommate who was with her at the time or the CCTV camera pointed directly at the crime.

The Name of the Star will send tingles up your spine as you uncover the reasons for why only Rory can see the Ripper and keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow her attempts to catch him. But the book is more than just your average YA thriller. Sure, it’s got suspense and plenty of action, but it’s also a story of friendship in light of troubling times. Despite branching out into a new genre, Johnson retains her humorous and witty style that her fans adore. She will make you laugh out-loud with her descriptions of Rory’s family back home, her negligee-wearing grandmother and uncle who freezes jars of peanut butter and yogurt, and you’ll wish you had friends as loyal and fun as Rory’s new British ones. This book is impossible to put down and a must for the spooky Halloween season.

Warning: Do not read this thriller at night or you’ll find yourself unable to sleep for hours as every creak in the house sounds like the Ripper’s footfalls coming and closer to your bed.

And as always, you can also find me on tumblr at http://emleng93.tumblr.com/, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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4 thoughts on “In Which Ella Reviews The Name of the Star

  1. Sounds like a must-read this Halloween, and I’ll take your advice and try to read it during the day. I hear noises too when I have a scary read. Glad to hear there are some humorous parts of the story to balance the terror. This will be the first Maureen Johnson book I read, though I find her very funny on twitter!
    Awesome review- thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Reading this in the daytime is a must. I had trouble going down to the basement to do laundry after I finished the book, and it was the middle of the afternoon at the time!

      I like Maureen Johnson a lot. Her books aren’t serious literature, but she is witty and just laugh-out loud funny. Definitely one of the best YA writers out there.

      I’d love to hear your thoughts about the book when you finish it!

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