Whitechapel Road by Wayne Mallows

While waiting to meet his future wife-to-be, Aremis is violently attacked and left for dead. As he’s nursed back to health by the village’s doctor and his sister’s tender attention, the truth of the attack begins to unfold in horrifying detail. Temperance, his sister, sends him to London in the hopes of finding a cure, or at least more information on his condition, but what he finds in the big city is nothing like what he sought. There, in the heart of London, he finds the one who was responsible for his change, and quite possibly the only one able to answer his questions. Drawn into a violent and dangerous game of cat and mouse, Aremis’s faith and moral character are put to the test.

I loved Aremis immediately. His gentlemanly and courtly manner won me over as he surely would have won over his wife-to-be, had he ever gotten to meet her. The moral dilemma he suffers after becoming a vampire is real and heartfelt as well. Having been born in rural England in 1854, his views and beliefs vary greatly from the present day and his faith in God is constantly at war with his new, more evil nature. His determination to not only find but also stop the woman who created him gives him the drive that propels the novel all the way to the final page.

Mary, as he knows her in the beginning, is a complex character whom you never do quite figure out. And that, I believe, is part of Aremis’s attraction to her as well— the unknown and unknowable. Both repulsed and drawn to her, he is unable to walk away even when she’s at her most vile. The different sides of Mary that are shown to us give the reader pause, making us wonder if she truly is evil or just troubled.

Whitechapel Road is a fresh look at the mystery of Jack the Ripper and the terror inflicted upon London during the infamous series of murders. Written in a time-appropriate style, you are drawn in and kept hostage until the very end. The only issue I had with this novel was the lack of editing involved. There were several instances where the wrong word was used, and in one case used repeatedly. However, if you can get past the editing issues, this story is more than worth the read. Mr. Mallows will take you on an adventure that you won’t soon forget!

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Skye Castle Publishing Co. (January 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986497819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986497810

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While waiting to meet his future wife-to-be, Aremis is violently attacked and left for dead. As he’s nursed back to health by the village’s doctor and his sister’s tender attention, the truth of the attack begins to unfold in horrifying detail. Temperance, his sister, sends him to London in the hopes of finding a cure, …

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About Aymee

I’m Aymee and I’ve had a love affair with the written word from a very young age. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, magazine, pamphlet, cookbook, restaurant menu or the back of a cereal box, if it’s in my possession long enough, I’m going to read it. The only thing I love more than reading is sharing my love of a good story with others. Although I’m firmly ensconced in the City of Sin, I’m a homebody who’d rather be baking cookies or digging in my garden rather than chasing the bright lights and excitement of the city.

6 comments

  1. This book is going to be put on my TBR list.

  2. I too really enjoyed this book. Lots of exciting twists and turns and characters you can’t help but to love! There have been a couple of new printings of the book so i think all the editing issues have been fixed! I can’t wait til the next book in the series comes out…We are waiting Mr Mallows!!! Put this book on your “Must read” list, you will LOVE it!

    • Thanks, Enily.
      So pleased that you enjoyed it.
      The second book is coming along nicely and there will now likely be a fourth in the series.
      The second one should be out sometine this coming winter.
      Again, thanks for kind words.
      Wayne

  3. I loved Whitechapel Road and can’t wait until part 2. It was so interesting the historical information and Wayne’s descriptive writing makes you feel like you are right there back in time. I couldn’t put it down!

    • Thanks, Joanne,
      Really appreciate the kind words.
      It was fun to research, albeit a bit stomach wrenching, and great to stitch the fiction to the history.
      I hope the next book will be done sometime this coming winter.
      Thanks again for taking the time to post.
      Wayne

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