Monday, December 19, 2016

A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

Rating: 2-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"It is London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, who has nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital. Evelyn wants to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut in from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain. When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares..." [+ more]

This is kind of historical fiction without dwelling too much on the historical part. The Elephant Man did exist (as Jack the Ripper), and Evelyn's disfigurement due to the use of white phosphorus was a real issue back then. However, the story is not about that. It is about the Elephant Man and Evelyn's relation, and... some ghosts.

It was interesting at the beginning but I am really the type that don't like ghost stories. So when the paranormal aspect in the plot kicked in, I lost interest.