The Name of the Star

by | Read by Nicola Barber

Published by Brilliance Audio

New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller! The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon ""Rippermania"" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

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AudioFile Review

The Name of the Star

Rory leaves her small town in Louisiana to spend a year at a boarding school in London at the same time that a Jack-the-Ripper copycat killer starts dumping victims in her new neighborhood. Narrator Nicola Barber brings this mystery to life with her dramatic reading and nimble management of Rory’s Southern drawl and a variety of British accents. The decision to convey Rory’s first-person narration in a general American accent is jarring, but listeners will be absorbed as Rory attempts to adjust to her new life, develops a love interest, and slowly realizes she can see things other people can’t. A layered and engrossing mystery weaves in history, romance, culture, and the supernatural. A.F. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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