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Author: Maureen Johnson Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Shades of London Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781441866400
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New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller!

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A clever, scary, little-bit-sexy beginning to a series…Johnson fearlessly takes readers from…a cool innocent-abroad-with-iPod story to supernatural thriller. The tension ramps up exquisitely among cups of tea, library visits, and the London Underground. The explosive ending is genuinely terrifying but never loses the wit, verve, and humor that Rory carries with her throughout.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “There’s a Doctor Who-ish quality to the book—in both its technology and tone—that feels completely intentional and appealingly fresh to the YA genre, but Johnson’s biggest achievement is in having written a book that will appeal to fans of her earlier work, but also please SF/F readers.”

    Locus Magazine

  • “Johnson uses a deft hand, applying the right amount of romance and teen snarkiness to relieve the story’s building tension. Departing from her previous works, she turns paranormal on its head, mocking vampires and werewolves while creating ghosts that are both realistic and creepy. A real page-turner.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Readers looking for nonstop fun, action, and a little gore have come to the right place.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers looking for a new supernatural thriller series with a touch of romance would be well advised to check out this title…Johnson is a talented author of many popular works for teens, and she definitely brings her skills to sharp focus in this tale…Although the author mines some familiar tropes here, like snooty boarding schools, ghost busting, and seeing dead people, she does so with enough flair that nothing seems tired or recycled. Best of all, although some threads are left open for the rest of the series, the main story is concluded thoroughly enough to let this novel stand on its own, something that is rare in the series-laden literary landscape of today.”

    VOYA

  • “A gorgeously written, chilling, atmospheric thriller. The streets of London have never been so sinister or so romantic.”

    Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series

  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Teens, September 2011
  • Selected for the Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next List: Top 10
  • A 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel

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About the Author

Maureen Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author of ten novels for young adults, including The Name of the Star and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. She lives in New York City and travels to the United Kingdom regularly.

About the Narrator

Nicola Barber, is an Audie Award and Earphones Award-winning narrator whose voice can be heard in television and radio commercials and popular video games such as World of Warcraft. She is also an Audie finalist in the prestigious category of solo female narrationfor her work on Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen and Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. She has performed on the stage in New York City and at a number of top regional theaters in the United States. Her film and television roles include The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johansson, and Law & Order’s 2009 season premiere. Originally from England, she currently resides in New York, a multicultural background that enables her to bring a broad range of accents and characterizations to her role as a full-time voice-over actor.