We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts about People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield.
Wow what a debut! I love this time period and love to read books based on Jack the Ripper. A fascination with his anonymity, connections to medicine, and seemingly sudden departure.
People of Abandoned Character holds a different perspective on the Whitechapel murders which I found intriguing and thought-provoking.
The author has managed to wonderfully describe the squalor, poverty and filth of Victorian London in the East End. At times I was transported back to these times and didn’t want to put this book down.
Nurse Susannah Chapman made an hasty marriage to what she seemed a wonderful catch, doctor Thomas Lancaster. After a passionate honeymoon she returned home to a husband with erratic behaviour which involved violence and neglect.
The night of the first Whitechapel murder Susannah noticed her husband was also out late at night and refused to offer his whereabouts. She soon becomes fixated on the murders as they continue and begins her own investigation by visiting the sites the victims were found. Women were known to visit these places at the time which shows the fascination people had with the Ripper and still continue to have.
An atmospheric thriller with an interesting plot, shocking descriptions of the victims and an exciting ending. I loved this book.
Clare Whitfield is a UK-based writer living in a suburb where the main cultural landmark is a home store/Starbucks combo. Clare nurtures an obsession with female characters that are as much villain as hero, and enjoys lurking in the blurry landscape between perception and reality. She is the wife of a tattoo artist, mother of a small benign dictator and relies on her dog for emotional stability. Previously Clare has been a dancer, copywriter, amateur fire breather, buyer and a mediocre weightlifter. People of Abandoned Character is her first novel. Follow Clare on Twitter (@whitfield_riley) and Instagram (@clarerileywhitfield)