Genre: History, true crime
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Pub date: 30 September 2019
Everyone knows the story of Jack the Ripper and possibly the names of the victims but what about the lives of those females before they were brutally taken.
This book delves into the lives of the victims, where they came from, who they were and how they ended up in Whitechapel to ultimately become a victim of Jack the Ripper.
I’ve read a few books about Jack the Ripper but have never found one that delves into so much detail about the victims lives.
All 5 seem to have made some mistakes or fallen on hard times resulting in them having to move to Whitechapel to find cheaper lodgings.
During the times of Jack the Ripper the East End of London was occupied by many slums and many females found a shortage of work forced them to the only source of income available to them, prostitution.
The book is very well researched but may not be for the squeamish as it does contain mortuary photographs of all the victims. This was a fascinating insight in to the lives and conditions of those whose unfortunate circumstances may have made them the victims they became.
This publishes on Monday!!!!
Thank you to NetGalley and Pen & Sword for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.