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The Sixth Victim

By: Tessa Harris
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham,Gemma Dawson
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Publisher's Summary

London's East End, 1888. When darkness falls, terror begins.

The foggy streets of London's Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences of late.

Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere these days. In desperation, even Scotland Yard has turned to them to help apprehend the Ripper. Her mother has found comfort in contacting her late father in a séance. But are such powers real? And could Constance really be possessed of second sight? She longs for the wise counsel of her mentor and champion of the poor, Emily Tindall, but the kind missionary has gone missing.

Following the latest grisly discovery, Constance is contacted by a high-born lady of means who fears the victim may be her missing sister. She implores Constance to use her clairvoyance to help solve the crime, which the press is calling "the Whitechapel Mystery", attributing the murder to the Ripper.

As Constance becomes embroiled in intrigue far more sinister than she could have imagined, assistance comes in a startling manner that profoundly challenges her assumptions about the nature of reality. She'll need all the help she can get - because there may be more than one depraved killer out there.

©2017 Tessa Harris (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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who let this slip by?

To put it plainly - this is awful. I could not get past the start of the 2nd chapter. the narration is awful- the worst accents -and the second voice is ridiculous. The accent changes as she reads! The story has historical flaws that make it so hard to read - not referring to the ripper- we GET she is not an expert - but what the characters say is all wrong. the culture is wrong. it may get better - but it almost burned my ears - i could not get past the beginning this is just sad, production where are you?

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How can a great idea turn into a tedious book

It's a good book; until it isn't. At first, switching between the two characters is confusing because, although voiced by two different artists, they sounded too similar to each other to recognize that someone else was now speaking. One narrator would have been fine.


It's told from two different points of view going through different times in their lives. Unfortunately, the times vary wildly between the two until you just wish there was one timeline rather then one person telling you what's going to happen while waiting several back and forth perspective switches to actually happen.


I really liked the book at first, then I thought "Ok. I'll give it a little more time." THEN I thought "When will it end?! Haven't the characters and listeners suffered enough?"

It might not sound like it, but I do enjoy Tessa Harris' other work and the description on this new series sounded fantastic so I bought it. I rarely return a book in audible this will be the third book I've sent back in literally years. I feel like I wasted my money and my time.

I wholeheartedly suggest that you skip this one. It's one of the most aggravating stories I've ever heard. Too many plot lines. Too many characters. HUGE plot points left unresolved and not in a cliffhanger way, which I hate. No. It was just over.

My review is all over the place, just like this book.

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a girl and a ghost do detection

I'm at chapter 30 of over 100 chapters. it goes back and forth between 2 characters, one of whom seems to be invisible and spends her time watching and describing gruesome murders. The constant switching and the fact that one is slowly revealed to be a ghost have ruined it for me. I don’t care any more what happened to Geraldine. I'm giving up, glad I didn't waste a credit. the historical stuff is interesting and Harris is great with language but the constant switching and having to figure out why Emily keeps watching murders and doing nothing about them makes the book a waste of time.

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Historically accurate Fiction

highly recommend
a mystery set around Jack the Ripper, fictional not a new take on facts. Well researched Historical view of the everyday lives at the time with just a pinch of the paranormal. The history of other events and crimes at this time was fresh knowledge.

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An interesting twist on the Ripper

The first person reading/narration takes a bit of getting used to but it comes together nicely in the end!
Tess Harris is a strong enough writer to pull off that and twist a plot.

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Unsatisfying Conclusion

That was a long way to go for a negligible payoff. Good narration, but not a great story.

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Good and yet!

The story here is well done but the recording of it with characters having different voices and changing frequently, it takes quite a way into the listening to figure out who is talking. Cockney accents aren’t familiar to me and the main character having 2 voices is quite confusing. Reading it would have been so much better. I’m not really into “Jack the Ripper” and gory details either.

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Too many POVs

There are too many entering and exiting characters with little to no background. From the start I felt confused and barely able to understand the multiple prospectives. The most annoying one is when Emily addresses the reader directly. There are so many abrupt turns that make little sense. One character is an upper middle class lady who disappears, attempts suicide, plots to frame her husband with murder, ends up in an asylum, and now a talented forger, burgler, and con. I almost got to the end but it's too ridiculous, thank goodness I didn't waste a credit for the book.

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Very odd story

if you like a book that keeps you guessing this is it. I enjoy this kind. I struggle to read predictable stories & this one definitely isn't.
I only gave it 4 stars because it wasn't a page turner but still interesting.

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Very Good! Fits in Well w/ Sherlock Holmes Canon

Enjoyable, easy listen. Keeps you engaged, interesting throughout. Good characters, good story.

Much of the story is "narrated" by an unseen character, which I normally don't enjoy, but it works well in this instance.

Author does a very good job of helping the listener/reader picture the scenes, You can easily visualize Victorian London for those at the low end of society.

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  • Bellscats
  • 01-31-22

Poor reading marrs a decent storyline

An unusual & worthwhile story spoilt by poor performance.
Neither narrator seems fluent in their part, they sound too much like people reading out loud from a book they don't much like. And why use a narrator who can't do a Welsh accent to read a part that needs one?
Added to this there are lots of mispronunciations, which I find really irritating. This book has numerous examples of why narrators really should look up words they aren't familiar with.
The storyline was enough to keep me listening & the characters were well-formed so I might well read (or with different narrators listen to) another book by this author. I'd like to have given it a better score but I simply couldn't because of the ghastly presentation.

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  • Joanne P.
  • 11-26-21

Definitely not your normal Jack story

I loved it, but doubt the people in Victorian London said "cops" or "journal" really

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  • MACK BLACK
  • 04-14-22

Unexpected, surprising and enjoyable.

This story started very slowly . Fortunately it took a large leap and speeded up becoming very interesting and surprising so I didn't want to stop listening to it.
I enjoyed this story very much and I thought the narration was very good too.
This is a diffinitely a different take on Jack the Ripper.
worth a listening to = enjoy, I know I did.

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  • xBethyboox
  • 02-13-22

Good story

It’s a good story and the narrator who does the voice of Constance is great but the one who does Emily is a bit over the top but still quite good, it’s a great story of what it must have been like at the time the ripper was running rampant around Whitechapel, nice for the story to not be just fully based around the victims for once like you’d expect. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Michelle :)
  • 12-06-21

Intriguing tale well told

Excellent and Clever twist to an old tale. A mix of Supernatual and Suspense set in an atmospheric historical period, with realistic and interesting characters. Well worth the listen, you won't to stop until the end.

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  • Deborah Plant
  • 11-24-22

brilliant!

loved this book, so well written!
such a good take on the JTR story, well worth it.

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  • Gstar
  • 10-18-22

Mixed feelings

The story was interesting and I think I may have enjoyed reading it myself more. The voice of Emily just felt not quite right and made me want those parts to be done quickly. I felt no compassion for her character and found her annoying (largely I think down to the voice - sorry). Having the different character viewpoints and seeing how the stories joined was interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-22

Unlikely gem

I am no “ripperologist” but this was a great book. Didn’t expect some of the twists. Enjoyed this .

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  • Jay
  • 09-08-22

Disappointed

I have a number of friends who are authors. I tell them to be precious about who voices their story. It can make a big difference as to the enjoyment.

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  • Jamie Fitzjohn
  • 08-04-22

oIteresting

An interesting take on the Jack the Ripper story.

A great insight into the different lives of victorian woman, regardless of class.

The book is about the oppression of woman and is articulated well.