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"As no man had ever done before..."
The London Jack the Ripper murders of the 1880s continue to fascinate even today and speculation continues over who committed the gruesome crimes. When I requested, and was generously gifted a complimentary copy of Break the Night by the rights holder, I had expected a more crime based story perhaps mirroring the original London acts interpreted into a modern setting, or something a little supernatural with the lead characters reincarnated and replaying their old roles in perpetuity. Something dark and gritty, with proper crime scene investigation. And to a very limited degree, both of the first two of these assumptions were correct.
But, essentially this is really a very soft porn bodice ripper of a story with Jack's presence only there to hold it all together and provide a reason for the on-off passion of the main protagonists. Whilst I am sure that this form of slushy sex (why do lips always taste bruised in early kisses?) plus the occasional rape (and how much more the passion flowed thereafter) writing must appeal to many readers, I am not one of them and found that wading through so much of this to find an occasional nugget of story, tedious and annoying.
Fortunately, narrator Caroline McLaughlin has a pleasant voice, her reading well paced and modulated. Although not greatly differentiated, her character voices are passable, with the possible exception of a brief attempt at London Cockney, and it was her reading which ultimately carried me through to the end.
.My thanks again to the rights holder for this book. The idea was good but I really did not enjoy the execution.
When I got this book, I didn’t know what to expect. Being about Jack the Ripper, I thought it was going to be a crime book. Oh was I wrong. It’s a story about the ripper with a very interesting twist. It’s him but it’s not him. Can’t tell you more without spoiling the story. It’s worth reading. Very enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.
I received this book free for an honest review.
Is he or is he not Jack the Ripper reincarnated?! The story holds your attention throughout.
Plenty of sex, violence and language if that is your cup of tea.
Narrator did a good job of bringing the characters to life.
I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.