The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson – Book Review

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Goodreads Description

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.

My Review

Rory Deveaux’s family relocates from Louisiana to England for work and Rory is enrolled in a London boarding school.  She becomes good friends with her roommate Jazza and Jazza’s friend Jerome.  A good portion of the beginning of the book is dedicated to Rory adjusting to England, boarding school, and her interactions with her roommate and other students.

While the first Ripper-style murder takes place early on in the story, the supernatural aspect isn’t introduced until almost half way through the book.  Maureen Johnson does a good job of developing the characters and building character relationships as well as a sense of nervousness on campus as more murders occur.

I liked Rory.  She was a strong young woman who has to deal with a lot of change: living in a new country, living away from her family, and dealing with and accepting the new abilities that she didn’t know she had which draws her deeper into the world of the recent murders.

The second half of the book moved faster than the first half and there were more twists and turns.  This is the first book in a series and I look forward to reading the next one.

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