Despite starting with an immediate slashing murder, it took a little bit before I really got into this book. However, it rapidly became something I could not put down! I literally tried to go to sleep TWICE that night and had to turn the light back on to read more because I couldn't stop thinking about it. Probably not the best book to start if you have a big job interview the next morning, for example!
The heroine of the story is Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, who literally walks into the first victim seconds before she bleeds out.
Here's what's sooo good about this book: First, the blending of the story of the current crime with the infamous Jack The Ripper murders. While there are other stories with Ripper copycat crimes, this book did a great job with the history of the original events. I learned a lot about Jack The Ripper, and about Ripperologists (who knew that was a thing?), and about some of the various theories of the identity of the perpetrator.
Second, the building up of the suspense was incredible. When you can't sleep because you are thinking of the book, and you absolutely have to keep going to find out how it ends—that is more than just a “hard to put down” book. There were hints throughout the book of things that you will just HAVE to find out about!
Third, the twists in the plot were great. Every time I figured out what was going on, then NOPE, I had it wrong!
The bad (or really maybe just “less good”): the romance element seemed sort of flat, and I wasn't really feeling it. Also I felt like I wanted more of an explanation of some of the things that happened in the past (but I see that this is only Book 1 of a series, so maybe that's coming up in future books!).
Overall, a great book and I will definitely read the others in the series!!