The Name of the Star

Author: Maureen Johnson
Pages: 372
Publisher: Putnam
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888.

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 now believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory 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.
My Summary
: Rory was thrilled when she found out her parents were moving to London, and that she'd be attending a boarding school - every Harry Potter fan's dream, right? But Rory's school is a far cry from Hogwarts, and her first week isn't exactly memorable (well, other than almost chocking to death in front of the whole school). Rory's time at Wexford goes from weirder to weirder when a string of mysterious murders - murders mirroring those committed by Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888 - begin happening nearby, pulling Rory and her friends into a murder mystery more than 100 years in the making.

My Thoughts
: This book was definitely unique! I've been a fan of Maureen Johnson for a while now, and her writing does not disappoint - this is one of those books you stay up late to read.

I loved the Jack the Ripper angle - I mean, who doesn't love a psychotic serial killer mystery? I live for this kind of stuff (hence the CSI, Criminal Minds, and Cold Case Files addictions), so this book was right up my alley. And of course the setting and atmosphere of the novel were incredible - one thing I adore about Maureen Johnson is her ability to make you feel as if you were right there, walking alongside the main character. Rory was an extremely believable character, and the fact that the romance aspect didn't overpower the entire story was really refreshing (yay for the author!).

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to fans of paranormal YA (no vampires, I promise!) and anyone who enjoys a good ghost story. There are some mentions of underage drinking (nothing serious) so I'd probably recommend keeping it to readers 16 and up.


  1. Hi, Steph! I'm not a new follower, but I have been away from the book blogging world for a while now. I'm just popping by to reintroduce myself a bit to some of my favorite blogs and see what everyone's been up to. Dang girl, you have been doing some serious reading and reviewing according to your sidebar over there. You're like a reviewing machine (in a really good way)!

    Nice review of The Name of the Star. We had many of the same thoughts on it. I've always been interested in Jack the Ripper (just like everyone else, haha), so I was really excited to read this one.

    Anyway, I hope to see you around the blogosphere, dear. Don't be a stranger!

    Lilly @ BookLungs

  2. Nice review! I own it but haven't read it yet, I may need to bump it up on the TBR!

  3. It's on my need to read list, so I think I'll give it a shot next month!


  4. I have had this one my wish list for a while, I really need to get around to it. It sounds brilliant :)


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