The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star

by Maureen Johnson

Genre: Historical Thriller / Paranormal

Reading Level: Medium

Pages: 372

Review: 4.5 / 5


Jack the Ripper is back,
and he’s coming for Rory next….

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding

The Name of the Star cover image.
The Name of the Star cover image.

school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed 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…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables (Goodreads).


This book is great, and it’s pretty incomprehensible as to why more people aren’t reading it. Maureen Johnson is, in my opinion, one of the least appreciated authors of our generation, and this book is the perfect example as to why we should be reading more of her.

I did not particularly enjoy the first section of the book – it’s seemed kind of girly and idiotic, and I wasn’t really in the mood for the kind of teenage drama. However, at page 190 or something, I swear to go God that this book does some kind of 180 degree flip and completely turns everything around. It goes from being a sad teenage drama with some murders to a paranormal thriller – as a fan of paranormal thrillers, I have to say that I loved that surprise.

Also, I am in love with the main love interest of the story, which may be the reason as to why I like this book as much as I do. Finally a normal guy that doesn’t necessarily have much to do with the plot, but is still a smart, British individual.

What can I say, I have a thing for accents.

If I am going to say one bad thing about this book, however, is that there was very little character development – sure, she finds out about this entire new world, and everything regarding that, but she doesn’t really change her personality – or the way she views things – at all throughout the book.

Plus, she does some really, nobody-would-do-this-in-real-life stuff that some authors do for suspense, but I’m not really a fan.

But still, if you’re just looking for something to read without any deep meaningful connections, it’s an absolute must read for you paranormal lovers out there!

I have a great day, and a lovely Easter holiday!



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