The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Aurora “Rory” Deveaux is from a small town in Louisiana, and she knows if she doesn’t get out now while she’s young, she’ll never leave. So when her parents take teaching positions in England, she opts to join them. She’s looking forward to spending her senior year of high school in one of London’s school, expecting an experience of a lifetime.
And boy does she get it, starting the moment she arrives in London. Her driver tells her that her arrival coincides with someone’s vicious murder. Not just murder, but a Ripper styled murder. At first Rory thinks nothing of it. There’s absolutely no way that there’s any connection or coincidence with the murder and her arrival.
Or is there? When Rory suddenly starts seeing a creepy man lurking around, she’s not only unnerved, but she may also be the next victim.
The Name of the Star, book one of Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, is a riveting start to a highly anticipated series. Her first mystery will not let readers done, even those hardcore mystery lovers.
Full of twists and turns, The Name of the Star is based upon the infamous Jack the Ripper slayings of 1888. Mixing history with paranormal suspense, readers will be left gripping the edge of their seats … tightly. But this book isn’t just chock full of mystery. Not surprisingly, it’s fun and apparently funny. Johnson’s personality is seamlessly woven into the text.
But what really makes this is leading lady Rory. Realistic and one of a kind, Rory is a fresh take on the old-fashioned heroin. Johnson. She’s quick thinking, full of home spun Southern charm, and not afraid to follow her gut, not even if her gut leads her into some dangerous situations.
Smartly written, The Name of the Star is an exciting read that all true Johnson fans will adore. And it’s sure to attracted some new fans along the way.