It has been nearly a year since I have participated in First Line Friday. I had needed a break from a couple of the features I participated in (Top Ten Tuesday also became VERY sporadic) but now I am feeling like it is time to start up again, sharing my love for all things non-fiction in a sea of fiction lovers.
Here we goooooooo!
First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books.
"There are two versions of the events of 1887. One is very well known, but the other is not."
I have been waiting for this book for a very long time, both literally and figuratively. I have been on the hold list at the library for weeks, and finally got my hands on this book on Wednesday. But also, I am very much looking forward to discovering the women who became victims of Jack the Ripper. For over 100 years we have been fascinated by the monster, and his victims become afterthoughts. Here for the first time, is a book about the victims, the women who were so much more than what history has described them as - basically, prostitutes murdered by a madman during a private liaison. Right off the bat the author made the point that (based on research of documents from the period) the murderer did not have intercourse with any of the victims and all were found reclining. She states that this is indicative of the women having been asleep when attacked. I won't go into further details, because I have read quite a lot already and will probably finish it shortly, but I am so, so glad to finally have this book in my hands, and that it was written at all. These women deserve better than what history has given them, and I can already say that I very highly recommend this read.
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