The Name of the Star
Author: Maureen Johnson
Published 29 September 2011
First and foremost, I would say that I started to read The Name of the Star with a completely different storyline in mind. I staunchly declare myself as a lover of historical fiction. Whether it's the Tudor Court or the Victorian Era, everything about debutantes at balls and handsome nobles holds a certain appeal that cannot be denied. But you see, I was fooled by the cover of a girl in a chemise and a man with a bowler hat. I really did assume that it was one of those historical fictions about Jack the Ripper roaming the streets of London 1880s (one of the most feared serial killers in history). Funny, funny, because my eyes didn't see the word on the blurb-- modern-day London. In addition, I also foolishly imagined a romance between Jack the Ripper and this red-haired beauty.
Needless to say, I was very stumped when I heard all about flip-flops in the first few chapters.
Still, as a story about a serial killer, this one lacked some thrill. I don't see what's so scary about a bald man in a suit with a bowler hat. I couldn't help but picture him as one of the pair-- Thomson & Thompson-- in The Adventures of Tintin, which was a fabulous film by the way.
How is it a mystery? Well, the CCTVs around the murder sites captured only the victims dying with no sight of the killer at all. No one seemed to be able to catch him until Rory sees a strange man in a bowler suit near school premises. However, the strange thing is that no one else can see him other than Rory.
However, to give Maureen Johnson some credit, she has a humorous and witty writing style, so you get a few laughs straight-away!
1. Jack the Ripper is an unidentified serial killer. He is a dark existence that represents all those who killed and got away with it, hence, the obsession until now.