A Taste for Monsters



[PDF] ✅ A Taste for Monsters By Matthew J. Kirby – E17streets4all.co.uk Fear the living than the deadIt’s London 1888 and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city Evelyn a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory who has nowhere Fear the living than the deadIt’s London and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city Evelyn a young A Taste Epub / woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory who has nowhere to go does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital Evelyn wants to be locked away from the world like he is shut in from the filth and dangers of the streets But in Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her painWhen the murders begin however Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.A Taste for Monsters

Matthew Kirby was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland California and Hawaii As an undergraduate he majored in history and A Taste Epub / then went on to pursue an MS in school psychology For ten months out of the year he works with students and during the rest of the year he writes He and his wife currently live in northern Utah.

A Taste for Monsters Epub à A Taste  Epub /
  • Hardcover
  • 343 pages
  • A Taste for Monsters
  • Matthew J. Kirby
  • English
  • 17 August 2016
  • 9780545817844

10 thoughts on “A Taste for Monsters

  1. says:

    What a touching storyI must say I find it rather unfair to have to leave the characters so soon I grew uite fond of Evelyn and Mr Merrick than I expected I wouldThe story is not an unfamiliar one but there is imagination in it It’s 1888 and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing London The murders are done especially close to the hospital where Evelyn attends to the Elephant Man as she is his maidThe concept reminded me very slightly of the last book I have read inspired by Jack the Ripper – Stalking Jack the Ripper – in the sense that Evelyn and Mr Merrick are directly involved in the mystery since the spirits of the murdered haunt them at nightBut for me this ‘‘retelling’’ was so much better Much interesting also and pleasant to read This author has a particularly elegant writing style that fits perfectly the century during which the story is setThere is no romance per se in this book but the closeness between Evelyn and Mr Merrick is uite endearing Their friendship grows as they start facing dire situations together and only deepens from thereIt is not surprising to me after reading A Taste for Monsters that Mr Kirby has won the ‘‘Edgar Award’’ for the mystery here is captivating and kept me on the edge of my seat for the duration of the storyBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’

  2. says:

    45 stars Love love love love love Fact and fiction are woven together in the infamous Whitechapel murders ghosts and the peculiar case of London Hospital's The Elephant Man all from the perspective of a girl who has been severely disfigured by phosphorous necrosis This story doesn't shy away from the gruesome nature of the crimes nor the rough realities faced by a woman without position or a man who was put on display as a sideshow attraction And yet it is imbued with a transcendent awareness of human dignity and the beauty of soul and intellect Writing is textured and sharp yet exuisitely restrained the setting is vivid and the historical details are seamlessly integrated I had such a good time looking up various figures and events referenced in the story I hope this author writes historical fiction because he has a knack for storytelling an ear for dialogue and an empathy for his characters that gives readers the rare sense of being completely immersed in the world he created I felt the same level of excitement when reading this book as I did when reading my first Marcus Sedgwick and Sarah Waters novels and I don't say that lightly Review to come If you liked certain elements of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER or THIS MONSTROUS THING you'll love this

  3. says:

    Rating a 45 What a delightfully creepy Halloween read Jack the Ripper the Elephant Man the ghosts of 'the Rippers' victims haunting a hospital grounds I loved this book I saw a blurb on the book and it sounded intriguing so I looked for it at my library I was shocked they only had the audio version no print version it's still on order Lucky for me I went with the audio Evelyn is a young woman who is horribly disfigured from her work in a match factory She seeks recluse in a hospital where she wants to be a nurse But due to her age and her disfigurement she is instead given a job as maid to Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man The two become fast friends and are freuently visited by the ghosts of Jack the Rippers aka Leather Aprons's victims Each ghost wants or needs something before they can move on These ghosts are draining the life from Joseph and Evelyn will do whatever it takes to save him Even coming face to face with Jack the Ripper Soif you want to find out who the Ripper was check this one out I see many books now that are a spin on a particular time in history And this book does the same but it is wildly creative I listened to book via audio and it was great The narrator added to the overall atmosphere I loved listening to this one of the terror in London that Jack the Ripper created with all the British accents and slang I really do think the narration added so much to the overall atmosphere and I'm glad I did not have the printThere is some gore in the book talking about what happened to the Rippers victims and that the bodies were on display for the general population to view for a mere few pence There is no romance in this one just pure macabre Overall I think this will end up in the top 5 of my books for the year Great story great audio great Halloween read

  4. says:

    35 stars There's a lot to love about this book but there are one or two issues here that really took away from my desire to love this It's 1888 era of both Jack the Ripper and Joseph Merrick known to history as the Elephant Man Somehow these two elements are blended together and the blend actually works Evelyn is disfigured from working at a phosphorus plant and she acuires a job working with Merrick as his maid This book focuses on the friendship between Evelyn and Merrick which was very well written They bond partially over being ostracized from society due to their differences and their dialogue is heart wrenching This friendship benefits greatly from the strength of their characters while neither is uite as fleshed out as I'd prefer maybe they're each just likable enough to hold my interest Unfortunately I was not a fan of the conclusion at all and it honestly kind of ruined the book for me First of all the mystery's ending is very anticlimactic But it's also just an unsatisfying solution to this mystery in terms of the view spoilergender of jack the ripper I've read that a big part of the historical motivation for these killings was that they were women who didn't have very savory jobs Changing the killer to a woman removes an important element of the story which is even relevant with a female main character hide spoiler

  5. says:

    I had high hopes for this novel but I was unprepared for how thoroughly it won me over I was entrancedAs a historian I'm very interested in the Whitechapel murders and their context in the East End of London and the careful research in evidence in A Taste for Monsters satisfied me deeply I've walked in the characters' footsteps at London Hospital Spitalfields and Whitechapel and I delighted in the sharp detail Kirby brought to the storyBut there's so much So many times in historical novels especially YA novels the desire to have a plucky gutsy heroine leads to all kinds of anachronistic behavior dialog etc Not here Evelyn is an outstanding heroine a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work as a matchstick girl and struggling to find a means of supporting herself with dignity Similarly Kirby addresses Jack the Ripper in a most refreshing fashion focusing not on following the monster who killed but instead on restoring and respecting the humanity of the women who were murderedThis entire story is shot through not only with delicious Gothic atmosphere and genuine peril but also with gentle humane insight Evelyn's work and friendship with Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man is a centerpiece of the story and it's simply beautifulI can't recommend this enough

  6. says:

    This one was very compelling and uite addictive too I really liked it In fact it's a definite favorite So well told Interesting and a slightly eerie It's like a beloved story you haven't actually heard before Well known and foreign at the same time Wonderful really I literally couldn't bring myself to put it down I very much recommend it

  7. says:

    I received an ARC at a writing event Do you ever just want to hug a book after you finish? Or just start it all over again because you don't want the story to end? Or start crying in the first chapter? Well this book did all of that for me The mystery is great and the historical setting pitch perfect But what really got and held my attention were the characters They are all even the side characters so alive and vibrant and complex More than that I learned things from them and about myself through them It's the kind of special experience I have only had with a few books My biggest issue is that I have to wait for it to be published so I can scream at other people about how awesome it is

  8. says:

    i'm so sad that i won't be able to spend time with these characters i grew to love evelyn and mr merrick and i'm sad that i won't be seeing them any this was a thrilling story about mystery and ghosts that had me captivated the ending did feel a little rushed to me and everything resolved rather uickly i feel that it would have been nice to have 50 pages and slow the ending down a bit otherwise i enjoyed the story and the characters and i had a lot of fun with it

  9. says:

    This book was terrific It was new and fresh A clever story set in Victorian England that was atmospheric and at timesbone chillingThe perfect fallHalloween read Most enjoyable and highly recommended

  10. says:

    A very nice take on Jack the Ripper and Elephant Man with a good female main characterWhat a pleasant surprise I uite enjoyed the writing and found the story dense enough to make it interesting both at a urban fantasy level and as historical fiction Evelyn was likable and behaved in a realistic way it was really nice to follow her while she struggled with her appearance and her relationships with Elephant Man and other characters She was also brave and I enjoyed to discover the various ghosts with her and to see her try to solve the problems If Jack the Ripper was only in the background his murders were a good setting nicely used by the author in a paranormal way The frightened atmosphere was palpable and the mystery around the murders was pleasant Elephant Man was an interesting character and I appreciated the historical way he was written I learned plenty of things about him and had a look at Wikipedia to complete my knowledge when I finished the book they run some genetic tests on his bones to discover the origins of his dysmorphism There were some good ideas with the rest of the cast even if it wasn't really fleshed The story flew easily the read was interesting and compelling and I'm a bit sad it's a standalone I'll check another book by the author for sure

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