THE NAME OF THE STAR
Johnson packs tons of good stuff into her first Shades of London novel, a fish-out-of-water tale with a relatable, engaging teen, a serial killer, a modern ghost story that sets up the series and some dreamy make-out sessions. Fast paced, fun and a little bit frightening, it’s a keeper.
The day Rory Deveaux arrives in London to go to boarding school, a woman is killed in the manner of and at the same location as Jack the Ripper’s first victim. As the crimes continue, Rory begins to see people no one else can see — including the prime suspect. Her strange new roommate, fetching maybe-boyfriend and the vagaries of field hockey all take a backseat, however, when it becomes clear that the new Ripper plans to do away with Rory. (PUTNAM, Oct., 384 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780399256608, HC, 12 & Up)