1888. Whitechapel. Think you know the story? You don’t know Jack…
James Maybrick had secured his legacy as the most infamous serial killer of all time…his diary would one day shock the world.
Thomas Quinn wants revenge…his actions will give birth to an organisation of unspeakable power.
Together, they unwittingly set in motion a plan that will one day lead to the serial killer, Obadiah Stark.
Stark became The Tally Man.
They were The Brethren.
Maybrick is known to history by another name…
My Rating: 5/5
Nothing sets my heart racing faster than these three words: Jack The Ripper. I have been fascinated with this serial killer and the theories for too many years to count. I have my own library of #AllThingsJack so when I started reading the Hellbound books and learned of the link to The Ripper in this book…..I believe the words OMFG escaped my lips more than once as I did a search on my kindle to find this book!
The reader is instantly taken back in time to London…Whitechapel…just after the final Ripper victim is murdered. Manipulation, control, influence, addiction, sanity, power, mistrust are just some of the themes the reader will come across. The line between fact and fiction is blurred and I loved every bloody minute of it! #BOOM! 👊🏻
David McCaffrey is such a talented writer – his tight focus on the storyline is brilliant as he takes the reader through this fast paced plot. I was immediately taken in, hooked and drowning in this superb story of The Brethren, The Ripper and the beginnings of Obadiah Stark – who, by the way, just may be one of my favourite fictional serial killers next to Hannibal Lecter!
The characterisation and narrative had me invested in each individual cleverly placed to move the story along seamlessly! As I mentioned earlier, it was hard to discern the line between fact and fiction and that is what I really loved! Thomas Quinn and The Brethren are ruthless, elusive and a powerful group whose reach is never-ending. James Maybrick is so well written, and believable – you are right there in the late 1800’s …absolutely awesome!!
Do I recommend this book – oh my giddy aunt, you better bloody believe I do!! Dark, twisted, gruesome…EXACTLY what I love in a crime thriller crossed with a sprinkle of horror. And don’t be fooled by this being a novella! I devoured this book in a matter of hours but was completely satisfied – that is what makes David McCaffrey an exceptional storyteller – every word counts! I will say, don’t #PullANoelle and read these books out of order though as Hellbound should be read first. Read my reviews of Hellbound and NamelessHERE.