People of Abandoned Character (Paperback)
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People of Abandoned Character (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages
Published: 29/04/2021
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Waterstones Says

Building up pathos and psychological suspense with consummate skill, Whitfield’s chilling debut follows a maltreated woman who begins to suspect her husband might be Jack the Ripper.

What if you thought your husband was Jack the Ripper?

London, 1888. Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. After a passionate honeymoon, she returns home with her new husband wrapped around her little finger. But then everything changes. His behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and violent. He stays out all night, returning home bloodied and full of secrets.

Lonely and frustrated, Susannah starts following the gruesome reports of a spate of murders in Whitechapel. But as the killings continue, her mind takes her down the darkest path imaginable. Every time he stays out late, another victim is found dead. Is it coincidence? Or is her husband the man the papers call Jack the Ripper?

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781838932756
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An astonishing book set in a Victorian London plagued by Jack the Ripper. Whitfield's narrator is Susannah, an ex-nurse who rushed into a rapidly souring marriage with a wealthy surgeon and starts to believe that her husband might be Leather Apron himself. I'd be amazed if it isn't dominating the shortlists come next year's awards season - MW Craven

This impressive debut builds superbly, with plenty of twists and turns - Woman & Home

A gripping and original take on the world's most notorious serial killer. A perfectly thrilling read for those long winter nights. Highly recommended - Adam Hamdy

A mistreated wife suspects her husband might be the Whitechapel killer... Compelling' - Sunday Times

A historical crime novel with real attitude... Compelling, thought-provoking, and powerful' - LoveReading

This impressive debut builds up pace, pathos and intrigue superbly, with plenty of twists and turns' - Woman's Weekly

Shockingly compelling - Woman

In addition to being a thrilling page-turner, Whitfield's book explores several questions: What makes a person good or bad? Can we overcome our origins? Is our fate determined before we're born? Moreover, the book is rife with dangerous secrets – Thomas's, Susannah's, and those of the people closest to them - Austin American Statesman

This debut historical mystery contains echoes of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Jack the Ripper.The unreliable narration combines with richly detailed writing in a mystery with a shocking conclusion - Library Journal

People Of Abandoned Character interrogates this fascinating aspect of storytelling while positing an unconventional solution to the Jack the Ripper mystery... This is a smart, thrilling narrative that doesn't shy away from gore or trauma, steadfastly reflecting through its Victorian lens how our own modern societies continue to treat women and the poor. That this is Clare Whitfield's debut novel only adds to how impressive it is as a feat of empathetic, feminist storytelling' - Criminal Element

[A] suspenseful gothic debut - Shelf Awareness

With a compelling central character, an attention-grabbing murder mystery, and an easy-to-read, characterful writing style, Whitfield’s novel is an excellent debut, and bodes well for her future career - Otago Daily Times

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Hardback

“An incredible debut - a must read”

Absolutely loved this book. No way would you ever believe that this was a debut novel. This story kept me gripped from the first page to the last. Set in the late 1800’s , the story is richly woven around the... More

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“Riveting murder mystery”

What a feast of a murder mystery!

In late 19th century London, Susannah, a young nurse from a poverty stricken background is on her way up = recently married to an upcoming and charming surgeon.

Of course things... More

Hardback edition
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“Shocking, Stark, Gruesome and Gory”

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield

People of Abandoned Character is Clare Whitfield's debut novel and what an incredibly fantastic introduction!

After Susannah Chapman's grandparents die, she... More

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