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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
The Ripper is a riveting horror story by L.A. Maldonado. Ripperologist Chelsea Reid gains clairvoyant vision after a brutal attack and warns a stranger in Whitechapel of her forthcoming murder. A tabloid hires Chelsea’s detective father, Matthew, descendant of the detective on the original case, to increase their newspaper sales when the woman is murdered and a Jack the Ripper copycat surfaces. Matthew is unaware of Chelsea’s involvement, but gets a message that she is the Ripper’s intended target and visits her at a Ripperology convention in Fort Lauderdale. His timing is perfect when Ripperologists, spellbound by an occult group known as the Ripper’s Ring which is controlled by the original murderer, commit acts of evisceration. Matthew and Chelsea acknowledge the guidance of Jack the Ripper’s first five victims who trail them everywhere, but wonder if they are walking into a trap.
The Ripper is not suitable for the squeamish, due to its graphic descriptions, but it’s certainly a fascinating horror tale worth reading. L.A. Maldonado displays his excellent writing capabilities with an original, dark version of Jack the Ripper. Although it’s fiction, the author’s well-defined details are convincing, thus the lifestyle of the original prostitutes are probably accurate; especially that of Jack the Ripper’s mother, who was brutish but provided amusement to the story with her bawdy antics. The story has a captivating beginning that lured me into reading. I was thrilled with the gripping drama and great dialogue that followed. The characters are all noteworthy ones who made The Ripper more exciting to read.