Publication Date: October 27, 2014 | Kensington Books | Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
A suspenseful, spellbinding novel of love, jealousy, and murder, The Ripper's Wife re-imagines the most notorious serial killer in history through the eyes of the woman who sealed his fate.
"Love makes sane men mad and can turn a gentle man into a fiend."
It begins as a fairytale romance--a shipboard meeting in 1880 between vivacious Southern belle Florence Chandler and handsome English cotton broker James Maybrick. Courtship and a lavish wedding soon follow, and the couple settles into an affluent Liverpool suburb.
From the first, their marriage is doomed by lies. Florie, hardly the heiress her scheming mother portrayed, is treated as an outsider by fashionable English society. James's secrets are infinitely darker--he has a mistress, an arsenic addiction, and a vicious temper. But Florie has no inkling of her husband's depravity until she discovers his diary--and in it, a litany of bloody deeds...
The Ripper’s Wife by Brandy Purdy was just as I expect of any novel by Ms. Purdy, which is excellent! I loved this book, and I become completely hooked on the story and the characters. You really get an inside view of what Jack the Ripper’s life might have been like, and what might have pushed him to commit the heinous acts that he did. It really makes you wonder who exactly Jack the Ripper was in real life? Purdy’s idea that he was a man from the lower nobility, addicted to arsenic, and obsessed with his wife and with prostitutes, is as good a guess as anyone’s.
I really liked Florie, who is the 'ripper's wife'. Her character was well-written and somewhat relatable. She went through so much, but stayed strong for her children. You really ache for her when you see all of the hardships that she is put through. As a reader, you want so badly for her life to turn out perfectly, for things to right themselves and for her to be happy, because she seems so naive and innocent. Jim, her husband, was really well written, also. I like that I was able to get an inside view of what Jack the Ripper might have been like. At times it did get a little too gruesome/gory for me, but I guess that’s something you can’t avoid in a novel about Jack the Ripper! Everything was written vividly, and flowed smoothly. You definitely choose sides in this book, and when I say choose sides, I mean you choose Florie’s side! She is clearly victimized and taken advantage of time and time again, and it seems like there is no one who will protect her. I am a big fan of the author, Brandy Purdy, and I would definitely recommend any of her books to those who enjoy historical fiction, and The Ripper’s Wife is no different. I give this novel a FIVE out of FIVE stars!
Praise for the Novels of Brandy Purdy
"Recommended for readers who can't get enough of the Tudors and have devoured all of Philippa Gregory's books." —Library Journal on The Boleyn Wife
"Purdy wonderfully reimagines the behind-the-scenes lives of the two sisters." —Historical Novel Reviews on The Tudor Throne
"I love Brandy Purdy's books, she does thorough research into the lives of the people in the Tudor era and it shows in her writing style. Very descriptive, engaging characters makes The Queen's Rivals a page turning novel. If you are a fan of the Tudor era like I am, then this book is a must." -CelticLady's Reviews on The Queen's Rivals
"The writing is inviting, intense and flawless, rich with the flavor of English country life as well as court life. The political machinations, the tragedy to befall the Dudley family and the mystery surrounding Amy's death were weaved to captivating detail and the end result is a mesmerizing work of historical fiction that puts Brandy Purdy on my "must read" list." -Psychotic State Book Reviews on The Queen's Pleasures
Buy the Book
Barnes & Noble
About the AuthorBrandy Purdy is the author of several historical novels. When she's not writing, she's either reading or watching classic movies. She currently lives in Beaumont, TX. Visit her website at http://www.brandypurdy.com for more information about her books. You can also follow her via her blog at http://brandypurdy.blogspot.com/ where she posts updates about her work and reviews of what she has been reading.
The Ripper's Wife Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, October 27
Review at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, October 28
Review & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, October 29
Review at Kinx's Book Nook
Review at The Maiden's Court
Thursday, October 30
Review at Book of Secrets
Friday, October 31
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Feature at Passages to the Past
Monday, November 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Interview & Giveaway at Mina's Bookshelf
Tuesday, November 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book reviews
Interview at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, November 5
Review at JulzReads
Thursday, November 6
Review at History & Women
Friday, November 7
Review at A Book Geek
Monday, November 10
Review at CelticLady's Reviews
Tuesday, November 11
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, November 12
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Thursday, November 13
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews
Friday, November 14
Review at Girl Lost in a Book
Enter to win a copy of The Ripper's Wife by Brandy Purdy!!
U.S. Residents ONLY!
a Rafflecopter giveaway