From Whitechapel 7 – The End

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The end was quite surprising.

First, we get the resolution to Alice’s plot. She learns the truth from Marie, Emma’s friend. Marie, who is Mary Kelly, Jack the Ripper’s last victim, sells her information, and Alice goes to her place at night. Apart from what she saw in Calais, Marie has the letter that was in the envelope with the pendant. In the letter, Bea expresses her love for Alice, and she indirectly explains that what joins her to Bea is more than sisterly love, and we understand from her words that Bea was actually Alice’s mother. She was raped, and her mother decided that they passed the baby off as Bea’s sister and not her daughter.

Once outside Alice is confronted with a man she knows, and the next thing she knows he has hit her and taken her some dark room. When she comes round, we learn that the man is Lord Brennan, her friend Lucasta’s father. Alice understands that Lord Brennan was the man who raped Bea, and he is her father. The man confesses that he was the one who concocted sending Bea to the asylum, and he plans to do the same with Alice. What I don’t understand yet how he convinced Bea’s parents to send their daughter to that asylum, which Lord Brennan is the owner of. Alice’s father mentions Bea being erratic and trying to attack her own mother, so was that a lie or what? It is not clear, at least, to me. Alice tries to escape, taking hold of her reticule where she hid her father’s gun, but she realizes that the gun must have dropped when Lord Brennan attacked her. Yet, in the nick of time Patrick appears. Apparently, Minnie, Alice’s maid, sent him a message, and he followed her, and that is why he is able to rescue her and reduce Lord Brennan, who he plans to press him to leave the country. The end of this plot is Patrick and Alice getting together.

As for Emma and Cora, the end of their story is a bit strange. Emma goes to find Cora, and when they go out, she tells Cora that she is leaving Whitechapel. She knows that it is her fault that all the women are dying. Cora agrees to go with her, and they plan their flit. In the pub, Emma runs into Madame Lisette, the woman running the brothel in Calais, and she mentions having seen a client of hers in Whitechapel who asked after her and Marie, and Lisette told him about Marie’s whereabouts. Emma and Cora go to find Marie, but a drunkard tries to attack them, and when Emma hits him, the police come and arrest her. In the station cell Emma is worried about Marie, and then Cora appears with her things ready to flee, and one of the policemen Ned lets Emma go. When the two girls run back to find Marie, they are shocked to find Marie’s mutilated body in her bed. They decide to leave on the first ship, but then the man who Emma knows is the Ripper appears. He wants to kill Emma, but his intentions are cut short when Cora shoots him with the gun she found outside Marie’s place, which is the same gun that Alice had dropped. The man is dead, and they drop him into the river. Once the man is rid of, Cora and Emma think that they have no reason to flee anymore, so they return home. It is when Emma is walking back to her lodgings that Albert, her youth love, appears, and he confesses her love to her and promises to take her back where she belongs. That is a good not. It is a pity we didn’t see if Cora got together with Henry Mercier.

I loved the book as it was not the typical Jack the Ripper story. We don’t even get to know the identity of the murderer. I like how the story focused on these three woman and their stories.

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