The Ripper is a very interesting mystery story that presents many twists and turns the whole way through, keeping the reader on his/her feet. Based in New York City in 1895, this book is a testament to the idea of the American dream that “Anyone can become who they want.” Carver Young, the main character, dreams of becoming a detective despite being brought up in an orphanage where the only exposure to crime he got was from crime novels. However, there is a point where he is thrown out of the orphanage, ready to be adopted right away by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency. Upon reaching his new home, he is not only given the opportunity to find his biological father, he finds himself in the middle of a real investigation. This investigation is not over a petty theft, but rather tracking down a vicious serial killer known as Jack the Ripper who has thrown New York City into a terrible panic. When the case begins to unfold and Carter begins to get closer to the killer’s identity, events get worse than he could’ve ever imagined. His loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question, and he is forced to reevaluate where his loyalty lies as the body count climbs. The book is an interesting tale of adventure and deceit that involves what may be the worst homicide you have ever read about. I would recommend this book for kids above the age of ten looking for a bit of adventure along with mystery.
Arnav, 10th grade