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