Joyously I reveal the news that my second novel ‘The Whitechapel Virgin’ will be published this coming January 2014.

After the resounding popularity and rave reviews of my first novel ‘The Last Gift’ set in the late 19th Century, how could I not further explore life in the same era of existence?

Whilst The Last Gift was set in the slums of London, this second instalment is set in the prostitute-ridden streets of Whitechapel in the year 1888. And of course, how could you have a story set in Whitechapel if Jack the Ripper isn’t featured in it? Well that would be unforgiveable, because the district of Whitechapel is a famous historical London landmark, thanks to Jack the Ripper himself, and although the Ripper holds a good portion of this story, it also deals with the many hardships suffered by the down-trodden prostitutes.

The Whitechapel Virgin

Here is a blurb for the upcoming novel.

When middle class and educated lothario Edward Cross discovers the fifteen year old runaway Catherine Bell residing at a popular tavern lodging-house, he knows his diary publication of the Whitechapel area’s prostitutes will benefit favourably with her entry. Cross quickly moves in to seduce the young virgin offering the brothel-mistress, Madame Davenport, good pay for the services of her new girl.

Thrust into the seedy world of prostitution, Catherine is unprepared for the immoral and depraved lifestyle the women lead at the lodging-house, and soon finds herself struggling to survive in the sordid underworld of drugs and sexual debauchery where once drawn in, it is almost impossible to escape. With jealous rivalry amongst the women and her own mounting fear over Cross’ strange bedside manner, soon Catherine wishes only to escape, but to where? For the sordid back streets in Whitechapel offer little more than the fearsome workhouse, and disease and poverty await her at every corner.

With nowhere to turn things worsen when prostitutes begin to disappear one by one, only to be found murdered by a ruthless and bloody man. Soon every woman in Whitechapel, including young Catherine, is frightened for her life.

But who can stop Jack the Ripper?

‘The Whitechapel Virgin’ will be available across all Amazon Stores in both Kindle and paperback version. Follow updates on Facebook!

Check out my first novel, The Last Gift, on Amazon here!

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3 COMMENTS

  1. “Almost every line of narrative is a pure treat, every expression an indulgence. This author can really write!”

    After reading so many great reviews of this author’s first novel, I wondered if she could pull off a similar cracker with her incredible voice and style. I received a review copy of this latest offering in the mail, and was not disappointed.

    This story is an exploratory, fictionalised account of ‘who’ Jack the Ripper could have been. We step back in time to 1888, where the outlook was grim in London’s backstreets, and prostitution was a common occupation amongst poor women.

    Cleverly plotted, the story follows the lives of several of Whitechapel’s prostitutes who live and work under the harsh and controlling old brothel-mistress Madame Davenport. Gruesome horrors occur within this poor lodging house which frighten the innocent newcomer, Catherine bell, but she is soon reeled in by the greedy mistress, and enticed into joining the ranks of the lowest class trade.

    Upon reflection, I can honestly imagine that many of these tragic ‘events’ (such as induced abortions and miscarriages) came to pass frequently at the bottom rung of society. Acheson is brave to pen these graphic details, making the scenes feel surreal, I felt I was standing in the room with the victims. Their emotions, jealousy and bitterness oozed from every line making the reader pity them immensely.

    I particularly enjoyed the peculiar character Edward Cross. His eloquent voice and sardonic wit leaps from the page, (some phrases had me literally laughing aloud) from a “hiccuping penis, which promptly deflated” to Acheson’s poetic mastery in much of the book’s narrative….“he examined the swell of her bosom where he might instinctively fathom her age, and by its relative flatness, deduced that she was still at the cusp of womanhood.”

    A great line, and so much of the narrative just flows on and on with a beautiful eloquence.

    Edward Cross’s internal monologue perfectly contrasts the dialect used by the poor lowly whores he frequents. This ‘self-obsessed’ sexual miscreant compiles a diary of his encounters with them, ambitiously seeking to revive the once popular, but out of print “Harris’ List of whores,” which shockingly actually existed in the 17th century. (Yes I looked it up.) A great scoop for the character himself.

    The already well known facts about the real Ripper murders are weaved into a compelling fictional plot, I imagine not heavy enough on detail to wholly satisfy ripperologists, but certainly enough to remind fiction readers of the horrors, which actually occurred starting with Martha Tabram’s murder at George Yard Buildings. The fact that the author made an effort to include true to life details, made the story seem realistic and even less fictional than it is. I might have liked a little more of an investigation slant and ‘chase’ towards the end then was actually given, but the focus was honourably given to the sad victims of the story, the prostitutes, which the author explains satisfactorily in her final notes.

    Without adding any spoilers, the last few pages of the book discloses the identity of the Ripper. Ah, but is it? The story ends with a clever little twist right down to the very last sentence. Some great writing that will appeal to a massive audience.

    K Scott –
    The ultimate Journalist
    (Razzmatazz Media)

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