Review: ‘The Name of the Star’ by Maureen Johnson

Review: ‘The Name of the Star’ by Maureen JohnsonThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Series: Shades of London #1
Published by Speak on October 2nd, 2012
Genres: Ghosts, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 372
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
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 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.

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Rory, an American teenager is new at a boarding school in London, England. Her timing could have been better because there is a murderer on the loose that is mimicking Jack the Ripper. When Rory sees the murderer by accident while going back to her room, people don’t believe her because they didn’t see anyone. She wonders why she saw him and not her Roomate. This eerie start to a wonderful retelling of Jack the Ripper infused with a modern day paranormal story is the beginning of The Name of the Star and I hope it’s not the last!

This book had all the basic elements of a page turner. Mystery to solve? Check! Murderer to find? Check? Strong leading protagonist with a wonderful supportive cast of friends? Check! I gladly devoured this book in all of its 372 pages of creepy glory.

Now, I’m not you’re average mystery reader, but I have to admit when there’s a serial killer on the loose, with no real clues, no evidence that can perpetuate a suspect, my mind goes off in a million directions trying to figure out the killer. This was no exception and I love the plot, the setting and the characters.

Take a stab (haha get it? Bad joke!) and read this book and you’ll know my recommendation is solid. The Name of a Star gave me chills and I couldn’t help but look over my shoulder at times just to see if there was someone there that no one else could see. (I kid you not, I got a little paranoid!)


When something new enters your reality that you don’t think you can deal with, your mind deals. It does everything it can to accommodate the new information. When the information is so big and do difficult to process, sometimes your brain skips stress and confusion and goes right go a happy island, a little sweet spot. (216)
Fear can’t hurt you,” she said. “When it washes over you, give it no power. It’s a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you. (260)





  1. Cali W.

    October 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Cool review! I really like this author. <3

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    August 1, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    This has been on my wishlist for a while and your review reminded me why it was put there in the first place. I love books with murder, mystery and suspense. I am glad to see this kept you turning the pages! Great review

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