Break the Night

  • by Anne Stuart
  • Narrated by Caroline McLaughlin
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What if Jack the Ripper never died?
As the skies turn red over Los Angeles, Jack the Ripper roams once more. Saucy Jack is back, and women are dying. Caught up in the case, artist Lizzie Stride, whose custom masks are being used in the Ripper murders, is haunted by dreams of the crimes. And even more disturbing? Her name is identical to a victim from 1888. J. R. Damien, a newspaper reporter, is likewise haunted by dreams of the murders, dreams vivid with details only the Ripper could know. Details that later prove true. When he meets Lizzie, he knows something else only the real Ripper would know-she's the next victim. Or will be if he doesn't stop Jack, even if that means stopping himself. Does reincarnation really exist? Are Lizzie and Damien doomed to play out the same hideous dance of death from more than a century ago in the streets of London? And why is he unable to resist Lizzie? Why are they compelled to confront the fierce passion between them?In a struggle between love and death, which will prevail?


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As no man had ever done before...

"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.
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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2017
  • Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc.