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A Taste for Monsters af Matthew J. Kirby

A Taste for Monsters (udgave 2016)

af Matthew J. Kirby (Forfatter)

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In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man--but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack's identity.… (mere)
Titel:A Taste for Monsters
Forfattere:Matthew J. Kirby (Forfatter)
Info:Scholastic Press (2016), 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Nøgleord:ghost stories, murder, investigation, serial murderers, homicide, jack the ripper

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A Taste for Monsters af Matthew J. Kirby


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Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book that I borrowed from the library.

Story (4/5): This was a very unique and well done historical fiction novel with some supernatural elements. I enjoyed the interesting and different characters and watching them solve the mystery behind Jack the Ripper's killings. There are ghosts in this book, so there is a supernatural theme to it as well.

Characters (4/5): I really loved the unique characters in this book. Both Evelyn and the Elephant Man are somewhat tragic characters that are endearingly human. They are really the feature of the story. The side characters are less well filled out.

Setting (4/5): The majority of the book takes place in the London Hospital, although we do get to venture into the streets of London at certain points. It’s a dark and dreary setting that fits the tone of the book perfectly. I thought it was well done.

Writing Style (4/5): I always enjoy Kirby’s writing style; it’s engaging and easy to read. I enjoyed this book and the writing flowed well, I was completely engaged in the story the whole time and had trouble putting this book down.

My Summary (4/5): Overall this book is well written and engaging and I whipped right through it. I would recommend if you are interested in historical fiction set in London during the Jack the Ripper killings. ( )
  krau0098 | Apr 2, 2020 |
Heart warming and heart pounding book. ( )
  mitsuzanna | Sep 26, 2019 |
3.5 stars

Evelyn heads to a hospital in the East End of London not long before the Jack the Ripper killings begin. She is hoping to find employment as a nurse; instead, she is offered a position is a maid to Joseph Merrick, who resides at the hospital. Merrick is more well-known as “the Elephant Man”. Once the Ripper killings begin, Evelyn must help Mr. Merrick deal with the ghosts that are showing up nightly.

I enjoyed this. It’s YA, and I would have liked to have an author’s note. It seems to me that the information about the Ripper killings and his victims was pretty factual, but this is the first I’ve read about Merrick and would like to know more about him. I expect that him living in the hospital and not going out is probably pretty accurate. But, I don’t really know. I did enjoy this story, though. Evelyn was also coming to terms with her facial disfigurement, from “phossy jaw” at her former workplace and preferred to stay inside the hospital herself. ( )
  LibraryCin | May 6, 2019 |
A very unique take on late 19th century London -including the historic character of the "Elephant Man", Joseph Merrick- and other historical events and horrors of 19th century industrial era life: poverty stricken neighborhoods seething with disease, child mortality, crime, and neglect by the metropolitan authorities. Kirby even presents his teenage main character, Evelyn Fallow, as a plucky survivor of both her parents' demise, & a survivor of the horrendous working conditions in one of the "match factories" - although she lost some of her teeth and some of her jaw to phosphorus necrosis, she survived due to the help of a charity hospital staff's surgical help. Evelyn is determined to avoid the fate of so many other penniless young women - a life of prostitution- and after an interview with a steely eyed but empathetic head matron at the hospital, she is assigned to be the personal companion and maid to the infamous Elephant Man, who resides in his own separate rooms attached to the hospital. Then the murders of the "Leather Apron" killer become a subtext of the London scene, and the horribly murdered victims, all "trapped" souls, all women, begin to visit Merrick's rooms at night, seeking release. Evelyn, while at first reluctant, gradually develops a real friendship with the unfortunate Merrick, and the two of them attempt to solve the ghosts' needs, in order to "release" them from their torment. Merrick's own fragile health begins to suffer due to the nightly visits & Evelyn is driven to leave the hospital and seek out key details of the victims' lives in order to help them on their way, to leave poor Merrick in peace. Evelyn's disfigurement also serves as a counterpoint to Merrick''s; the author sensitively explores the challenges and sadness of enormous physical disfigurement in "regular" human society. There's so many historically accurate details in every chapter; while the horror & mystery elements of the "still at large" murderer and the ghosts' visitations will engage some teen readers, there's much here to grasp - a good choice for students who really appreciate this particular era/locale in history . ( )
  BDartnall | Apr 27, 2019 |
A Taste for Monsters (Matthew J. Kirby) New York: Scholastic Press: 2016

Mystery, YA 343 pg

Evelyn suffers from Phossy Jaw and struggles to find work in 1800's London. She joins the local hospital maid crew to work with Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man. After murders begin, Mr. Merrick is haunted by their ghosts. Evelyn works to solve the mysteries of the crime and victim's lives to help save Mr. Merrick, whose health suffers from these hauntings.


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In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man--but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack's identity.

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