So I’ve been reading Maureen’s tweets for about four months, and I figured I HAD to like her books. I got The Name of the Star for Christmas, but didn’t read it until last week – for some reason I was avoiding it, because I thought it was a historical book. Which it isn’t.
BUT ANYWAY. I was right. It’s amazing. And funny. And gruesome. And scary. It was quite a long book, I suppose, but I read it in one night and started the second one.
It’s got all the charm of Maureen Johnson’s tweets, all the horror of…um, horror, and just this great feel to it. I felt like I was experiencing the Ripper murders all over again. The way Maureen Johnson captures a specific place and time is unparalleled. I know her style is more contemporary, but I’d really love if she did more books like this.
I think the best bit was that it had all the fun of contemporary comedy (funny characters, HILARIOUS protagonist and English boarding school…yes, please) and all the interest of a historical event like the Ripper murders.
Definitely will be rereading.