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London’s East End, 1888: When darkness falls, terror begins...The foggy streets of London’s Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences of late.Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere these days. In desperatiLondon’s East End, 1888: When darkness falls, terror begins...The foggy streets of London’s Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences of late.Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere these days. In desperation, even Scotland Yard has turned to them to help apprehend the Ripper. Her mother has found comfort in contacting her late father in a séance. But are such powers real? And could Constance really be possessed of second sight? She longs for the wise counsel of her mentor and champion of the poor, Emily Tindall, but the kind missionary has gone missing.Following the latest grisly discovery, Constance is contacted by a high-born lady of means who fears the victim may be her missing sister. She implores Constance to use her clairvoyance to help solve the crime, which the press is calling “the Whitechapel Mystery,” attributing the murder to the Ripper.As Constance becomes embroiled in intrigue far more sinister than she could have imagined, assistance comes in a startling manner that profoundly challenges her assumptions about the nature of reality. She’ll need all the help she can get—because there may be more than one depraved killer out there......

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The Sixth Victim Reviews

  • Meredith
    2019-02-16 02:21

    3.5 starsThe Sixth Victim, the first book in a neo-Victorian mystery series, offers an entertaining take on the Jack the Ripper murders. While Jack the Ripper is reaping fear and havoc on the streets of Whitehall, Constance, a poor flower girl, is searching the streets for her missing teacher, Emily. Told through alternating POV’s of Connie and Emily, the streets of Whitehall come alive. The fear is pervasive, as women are constantly looking over their shoulders in fear that they might be Jack’s next victim. Harris plays around with the origins of “the sixth victim”-- a woman’s corpse found on the construction site of Scotland Yard that was never fully determined to be as one of Jack’s victims. The corpse plays a pivotal role.This was a fun, light read with an interesting take on the Jack the Ripper murders. There’s a supernatural element that I wasn’t prepared for, which added an intriguing layer of strangeness. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Linda
    2019-02-13 00:27

    Another day on the street.......Excitement touched with the heavy weight of fear spreads through the winding streets of Whitechapel. Neighbors clutch at one another and gawking becomes the likely pasttime for those afflicted with poverty and hopelessness. It's September of 1888 and ol' Jack has claimed another unfortunate victim from among the throngs who shutter their doors or hold up in dark alleys.Constance Piper and her sister, Flo, know these streets only too well. Constance engages in trade as a flower girl selling her wares outside theaters. Flo has the swift hand that reaches into pockets with the delicate swirl of silk. They both live with their mother in a shanty of a tenement not given to the likes of visitors.But Constance benefits from the tutelage of Emily Tindall who teaches at the local church. Miss Tindall has taught her to read and this skill comes in handy when perusing the newspapers for the latest on Jack the Ripper. When Miss Tindall doesn't show up at the church, Constance sets her mind to following her trail.Across town, Dr. Terence Cutler engages in an activity that benefits the women of the streets, their benefactors, and his pocket. When his wife finds out, she leaves him. Trouble shows up on his doorstep when his sister-in-law, Pauline, demands to know where Geraldine is. And oh, dear reader, the heaviness of the situation is upon us now.......Tessa Harris presents a brash and bumptious storyline unlike any other that you've engaged in with Jack at the wheel. She brings the flavor of the streets to life with the ol' Cockney dialogue that rings true to the times and creates suspicion where every man in Whitechapel seems to embody the likes of Jack the Ripper. The pace is spot-on as she purposefully swings the hammer of the storyline back and forth to her chosen characters with their explicit point of view. We get deftly inside of their heads and that can bring out a rash of goosebumps and wide-eyed visions for sure.Although Jack's serial reputation is attributed to five victims, this "sixth" may or may not be his or are there many, many more that had suffered from the laying on of hands by Jack? Makes you turn your head slowly in a different direction hearing his footsteps echoing with catlike precision.I received a copy of The Sixth Victim through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Kensington Books and to Tessa Harris for the opportunity.

  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2019-02-12 05:18

    3.75 Stars → A poor flower girl named Constance with the gift of clairvoyance is searching for her missing teacher on the streets of Jack the Ripper's London in Tessa Harris' historical mystery THE SIXTH VICTIM. At the same time, an upper crust lady enlists Constance's help in finding her missing sister, fearing she may be the sixth victim of the deranged murderer.This was an audio/eBook combo read for me. I enjoy Victorian mysteries, and this was a good one, definitely pulls readers into the dark and grizzly happenings of the time. Confusing at first, the book took me a few chapters before I felt comfortable with the characters and story, though overall I liked it. Constance is an intriguing and sympathetic character, and the perfect heroine for this new series.The audiobook was performed by two narrators, Fiona Hardingham and Gemma Dawson. Their accents and inflections for the many characters helped make this an entertaining story. Eerie and gruesome! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (eBook) and the publisher (audiobook) in exchange for an honest review.

  • Adrian Dooley
    2019-02-13 05:25

    Well, not my usual thing, my first foray into historical fiction and boy this one was a blast. The story, set in Victorian London during the time of the infamous Jack The Ripper, is told from two perspectives. Constance Piper,a flower seller from the slums of Whitechapel, she lives with her mother and her sister Flo in squalor. Constance and Flo go out daily earning their crust. Constance selling the flowers to the well to do clients while Flo pickpockets the customers to keep themselves in food and shelter. Our other narrator is Emily Tindall, a Sunday school teacher, Constance's teacher. She has taken a shine to Constance and taken her under her wing. Constance has learnt how to speak "correctly" and more importantly to read under the tutelage of Miss Tindall. The whole of Whitechapel and indeed the country is gripped in both fear and excitement as they are in the grip of Jack The Rippers reign. Constance can of course read the news articles to her sister and friends as The Rippers rampage ensues. When Miss Tindall goes missing, much to Constance's dismay, she decides to follow the clues of her last whereabouts to try and track her down and find out where she has gone or what has happened to her. This one really took me by surprise. Not my usual read, I was apprehensive going into it, fearing I wouldn't like the genre at all. After an initial sceptical couple of chapters at the start from me(a story taking place in Victorian London, not me at all) it just all fell into place and I was taken in completely by the characters, the setting and the era. It's an intriguing read. Quite unusual and my synopsis above really only scratches the surface of the story. It's a Jack The Ripper work of fiction of sorts, a detective style novel(with no detective) and a large supernatural element that works beautifully. A bizzare mixture that somehow works effortlessly. This is the first in a series featuring Constance apparently and I'm delighted to hear it. This was a cracker of a read and I will most certainly be reading the follow ups when they are published. I would most certainly recommend giving this a go even if it doesn't sound like your thing. To really is a fantastically fun read. Many thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Tessa Harris for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-09 01:23

    I have never really read novels set in this era but the subject of this book intrigued me. I was captivated from the first chapter!Set in 1888 as Jack the ripper has just begun his reign of terror the story is told from two perspectives, Constance and Emily's. The story alternates between the two.Constance is a flower girl and comes from a poor family, she and her sister make money by stealing from the rich, whilst Constance sells the flowers, Flo pickpockets the customers. She lives in Whitechapel, one of the poorest parts of London and the place where the Jack the ripper murders are taking place.Emily Tindall is from a good background, she is a Sunday school teacher and has taken Constance under her wing, teaching her to read and showing her a life far removed from her own.The sixth victim is one of those amazing books that pulls you into the pages, I connected with the characters and couldn't wait to follow the twists and turns of the story. Very early on you find that Emily isn't quite what you believe. I don't want to spoil the book for you, but when you discover the 'secret' it makes you see the story in a whole different light.The book runs alongside the murders of Jack the ripper but they are very much in the background, the main story is Constance's search for Emily who seems to have gone missing and how her psychic abilities slowly, to her amazement grow. Constance is also approached by a lady from the upper classes who fears her sister has been victim to Jack the ripper. The lady asks for Constance's help to solve the mystery.I loved the way the stories entwined and developed, how characters ended up linking. The way Tessa portrays Emily's story is beautiful, it is as if Emily is talking to the reader directly, here is a snippet of a piece of Emily's story hat shows this perfectly;''Constance does sleep, albeit fitfully, so we shall leave her to return to my own story. For now, it is time to take you on a terrifying journey''This is the first in 'Constance Piper Mystery' series, I'm waiting with baited breath for the second installment which Tessa tells me will be out in 2018.

  • Gail
    2019-02-04 06:29

    This series debut, set in Victorian London during the terror of Jack the Ripper's killing spree, is strong and atmospheric. Young flower girl Constance Piper is sensitive and idealistic, despite her poverty and lack of education. She sets out to discover what has happened to her friend Emily Tindall, a lady dedicated to helping the children of Whitechapel, who has mysterious disappeared. The action is narrated by both Constance and Emily, each peeling away the many layers of interconnecting mysteries. The darkness of Victorian society and its mores form the perfect backdrop for the disturbing events that unfold. Along the way, Piper discovers that she is a spirit medium, a development that both frightens and fascinates her. Readers will need a strong stomach for the graphic descriptions of the violence perpetrated on the murder victims. Despite this, the book is compelling and not to be missed. I will be looking for the second title in this series. Full Disclosure--Net Gallery and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-05 22:27

    The Sixth VictimBy : Tessa HarrisHistorical thrillerWhat's its about:London s East End, 1888: When darkness falls, terror begins... The foggy streets of London s Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences of late. Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere these days. Constance s mother has found comfort in contacting her late father in a seance. But are such powers real? And could Constance really be possessed of second sight? She longs for the wise counsel of her mentor and champion of the poor, Emily Tindall, but the kind missionary has gone missing. Following the latest grisly discovery, Constance is contacted by a high-born lady of means who fears the victim may be her missing sister. She implores Constance to use her clairvoyance to help solve the crime, which the press is calling the Whitechapel Mystery, attributing the murder to the Ripper. As Constance becomes embroiled in intrigue far more sinister than she could have imagined, assistance comes in a startling manner that profoundly challenges her assumptions about the nature of reality. She ll need all the help she can get because there may be more than one depraved killer out there... My thoughts:Five starsFirst off I want to say it took me awhile to get into the story, and that it wasn't the story fault or how it was written, because I had to keep putting it down , and the reason is because I kept having a migraine headache, and with those I just don't feel like reading, but once it was gone and I re picked it up ,I was instantly pulled into the story, so.what did I love about:1: the point of views from Emily Tindall and Constance Piper2: time period 1888 London3: the twist on the Jack the Ripper case4:of anything that deals with Jack the Ripper I knew I'm going to love or at least like.5: Clairvoyant aspectWhat I hated: no thingThis story has everything I love about a thriller, it's reach's out and grabs you and pulls you in and won't let go, it.keeps you on the edge of your set .With that said I would love to.say thinks to NetGalley as well as to Kensington Books for giving me a.change at reading​ what turned out to be a really great book in a change for my honest opinion which this is.can't wait to buy a copy.of it.

  • Maranda
    2019-02-04 00:04

    Thieves perpetuated from poverty and the hopelessness to survive! Constance and her sister Flo spend their day selling flowers to patrons doomed to have their pockets picked. Emily a teacher strives to make reality brighter for the unfortunate in the 1880's of London. Narration bounces between Constance and Emily and was quite confusing until the rhythm was obtained by this reader. The terror of Jack-the-Ripper plays a primary part in this story combined with the question of missing persons. Many characters to keep track of that intertwine in the shadows of Tessa Harris' story. Entertaining read with a sprinkling of the paranormal involved. Dark, violent, sad and gruesome events are depicted. "A copy of this book was provided to me by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and my comments here are my honest opinion."

  • Veronica
    2019-02-20 01:10

    I love anything to do with Jack the Ripper and the late 1800's in the East End of London. "The Sixth Victim" by Tessa Harris does a absolutely fantastic job of bringing this time period to life in a very realistic and vivid way. A young flower girl named Constance Piper is trying to live her life as best she can in the East End while trying to come to terms with her apparent clairvoyant abilities and also the fear of walking the streets while Jack is on the loose. She is also searching for her missing teacher, Emily Tindall who taught her to read and speak correctly, and saw much promise in the very intelligent young girl. Then Constance is contacted by a high-born lady who worries that the latest victim attributed to Jack is her sister and wants Constance to use her clairvoyant powers to help her find out the truth.Jack the Ripper's East End is brought to life so very well. I know I said it before but I was very impressed by Tessa Harris's ability to bring a long forgotten time period to life. I felt as if I were walking along with Constance in the East End and the West End. The characters were so well developed and the story flowed so well that I was reluctant to put the book down. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I love historical mysteries and this seems like it will be among the best.I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books via Netgalley for free in exchange for my honest review.

  • Michelle Kidwell
    2019-02-11 01:04

    The Sixth Victimby Tessa HarrisKensington BooksKensingtonHistorical Fiction , Mystery & ThrillersPub Date 30 May 2017 I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of The Sixth Victim through Kensington Books and Netgalley:This book takes us to 1888 London, when the city is being gripped by terrors of the murders by one man, Jack the Ripper. Prostitutes are being murdered in the Whitechapel District of London. For a time it seemed that every man in the district was under suspicion.Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere during this time, and Constance's Mother finds comfort in contacting her late husband that way, but Constance is unsure whether or not she believes. Soon Constance finds herself getting herself mixed up with what's happening around her.What do Mediums, Seance's and Jack the Ripper have to do with each other find out in The Sixth Victim.Four out of five stars.

  • Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
    2019-02-13 22:07

    Okay so honestly I am really confused about this book. I so wanted to love it but it was kind of a slow go and while I sort of liked it I also sort of didn't so I am confused as to what I want to rate it. It's set in the days of Jack the Ripper, London, 1888 and the descriptions of the killings are a bit gory (though I have read about them before). It's told in two different POV's and this is where at times it gets confusing. There are a lot of things going on as not only is there the mystery surrounding the sixth victim, but a Doctor's wife is missing and her sister is searching for her, and there is the second POV's mystery.Constance and her family are pretty poor and she is known as the flower girl because she mostly tries to sell flower to the richer people. While her sister is a pickpocket and pretty good at it. While at a magic type show she has her first strange thing happen to her and she doesn't know exactly what happened. She slowly finds out that she is Clairvoyants which is not really a good thing because there are fakes all over the place and so not many people would really believe her. Constance wishes more than anything to talk to her teacher but she has gone missing.There is one person who thinks that maybe she can help and that is Pauline who is the sister who fears that he sixth victim could be her sister. She urges Constance to use her second sight to try and find out what has happened to her. Constance has some frightening dreams and is assisted by someone she knows. I really feel like I can't say much about it in fear of giving to much away and that even means telling you who the second POV is, but I can tell you I struggled with this one. In the end, I was intrigued by it but I think the author just had to many storylines going even though they all wrapped up in the end it just made for a heavier read at least for me. As I look at the reviews on goodreads I am beginning to think it was just me as it seems a lot of people enjoyed this one. It's the first one in a series and I really think it was kind of setting things up a bit for how the series will be with Constance second sight and...well I just can't say. :) I might give the second one a try and see if I like it better, I am just not sure yet.

  • Marilyn Rondeau
    2019-01-27 00:15

    4-1/2* London’s East End, 1888 - When Jack the Ripper roamed the streets London’s Whitechapel district had become the a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper. No one was safe especially the women of the night who sold themselves. Why even the young flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to the dread of being singled out by the Ripper even though she is more concerned with the strange feelings and dreams that seem to haunt her sanity.During all this hullabaloo over Jack - clairvoyants were coming out of the walls claiming to have been contacted by the victims. Constance’s mother is certain they’re real and wants to contact her dead husband in a seance. Constance herself is beginning to think that she herself is having these powers. Her dreams seem to be coming true, and she longs for her teacher and friend Miss Emily Tindall, but to all intents and purposes Miss Tindall seems to have disappeared. *** Set in that turbulent time as Jack the Ripper roamed the streets of London, the author tells the tale of the mood and terror the East Enders lived in while Jack roamed the streets, committing horrendous and brutally depicted slayings of the prostitutes that lived during that period. However it brings to mind that possibly not all the grotesque murders were committed by Jack. Told thru the eyes of Emily Tindall, and musings of others we examine the changes that were coming to life in Constance, who wasn’t quite able to understand the changes she was going through but was given glimpses of things that she knew she was meant to look into. Not until a lady of means came to Constance asking her to help her find her missing sister did the messages Constance was receiving begin to make sense. Bottom Line: The mystery was actually quite good and even as I rather guessed at what was going on, I still had to read on to make sure my guesses were correct. However, if the reader is expecting to discover the identity of Jack - this is not going to happen - that is still the mystery for the ages.Marilyn Rondeau

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-02-07 03:03

    3.5 Tessa Harris's latest historical mystery is The Sixth Victim - this is the first book in her new Constance Piper series.Harris sets her novel in a time a place that I love to read - London, England's East End in the 1880's. 1888 to be exact - the time frame that Jack the Ripper was making himself known.Flower seller Constance Piper has tried to better herself, learning to read and write with the help of Miss Emily Tindall. But when Emily goes missing, Constance cannot believe she would leave without saying good-bye. As Jack's kills start to populate Whitechapel, Constance is frightened that an unidentified corpse may be that of her beloved teacher. And a high-born lady fears it may be her sister. Who could this unknown victim be? Teacher, sister or another of Jack's victims - the sixth?Harris's historical detail is well researched. Her descriptions, language and settings immediately drew me into the past - the dirty streets, the social strata and the fear of that time period.Clairvoyance is all the rage in Victorian England and Constance seems to have the sight. Although based in fact, this is where the story fell down for me. I loved the mystery, the possibilities and the characters. Constance is a wonderful lead. But I'm just not sure I bought into the paranormal aspect that Harris introduces. While it is a driving part of the story, I would have been just as happy without it.I chose to listen to this book. There were two readers - Fiona Hardingham and Gemma Dawson. I really like more than one narrator - it feels like more of a production if you will. Hardingham and Dawson were fantastic. Their British accents ranged from educated and posh to the streets of Whitechapel. Realistic and so believable. And easy to listen to and understand. I'm not sure which actress voiced Constance, but the voice immediately created a vibrant picture of the character.Harris has penned an unusual mystery and a strong lead off in this new series

  • Karen
    2019-02-24 05:11

    Like the rest of Whitechapel, Constance Piper is living in fear of the unknown killer that roams the streets at night – Jack the Ripper. After witnessing a stage hypnotist perform his act, however, Constance has not been feeling herself and begins to think that she has somehow acquired the powers of second sight. She is soon contacted by a lady who fears that the latest victim may be her missing sister – can Constance use her skills to unmask the killer? Just when she needs her help the most, Constance’s teacher and friend, Emily Tindall, has also gone missing. Is her disappearance linked to the man known as the Whitechapel Killer?The Sixth Victim is a fictional tale set during 1888 when the infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper, was striking fear across the whole of the east end of London. I originally thought that this was going to be another take on this age-old mystery but was pleased to discover that it merely provided a backdrop for the main plot and the focus was placed on the missing women and a torso that had been found in another part of London.I warmed to Constance very quickly – a girl who, although living amongst abject poverty, longs to better herself in order to find a way out of the slums of the east end. In The Sixth Victim, the author has managed to create a very colourful image of Whitechapel, showing a stark contrast between the lives of the unfortunate inhabitants to that of the more well-to-do who live in the grand houses and hotels of London. It was easy to imagine (even with out the aid of Constance’s second sight) the sounds and smells of the area and understand why the women of that time lived in constant fear.I was not sure what to expect when a supernatural element was introduced to the story as this is not my favourite genre of writing, but I felt that it was written well and allowed the plot to move on at a steady pace. It also appears to show how other subsequent books in the series could take shape. Overall, the plot was a good one and I liked how the author has seamlessly merged fact with fiction.A great read which promises to be the start of a fascinating new series.With thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Books for the ARC.

  • Mary(Biblophile)
    2019-01-28 01:06

    A well-written Victorian mystery told from the viewpoint of two main characters. One feels they are walking the streets of London and feeling the fear Jack the Ripper inspires in those afoot. The author takes a slightly different take on the number of victims generally attributed to Jack. While I suspected Emily's secret fairly early, it didn't deter from the overall enjoyment of the story.

  • mary
    2019-01-26 22:05

    Good set-up for a series. A bit slow at times, but worth finishing.

  • Kath
    2019-02-05 01:30

    Ever since a trip to London, staying in a hotel in Whitechapel and taking a cracking Ripper Tour, I have been a bit fascinated by Jack and his antics so I was more than interested in seeing what this author could do with this book. I am by no means an expert Riperologist but, to me, she has weaved her own story seamlessly into the setting. Incorporating fact (as we know it) with her fiction to produce a pretty good read. Constance is trying to find her teacher Emily Tindall. She hasn't been seen in time and she is worried. She tries to follow her footsteps, she goes to her church, her place of work and gets fobbed off at every turn. Being only young and of dubious "employment" herself, Constance lucks out at every turn. We also hear from a doctor, Terence Cutler, who we learn early on also has his own dubious working habits! His wife has also disappeared and, having avoided this situation for a fair while, is forced to confront it when her sister, Pauline, turns up asking after her. Then a fortuitous meeting between Constance and Pauline has them combining forces to find out what has happened to both Pauline's sister and Miss Tindall. A meeting of minds who, together could get to the bottom of things, as the cases appear linked. Drawn to an unknown body, the sixth victim, that has been found and possibly not attributed to the Ripper, together they investigate.The narrative is interspersed with Emily telling her own story. Why isn't she able to just tell someone what is happening? What evil is really happening in and around Whitechapel?I simply devoured this book cover to cover. I got fully immersed in the place, the time, and the story as I devoutly followed all the characters as they tried to get to the truth. As this story merges with the Ripper story, there is quite a bit of gore described but not for shock, it is totally befitting the narrative. The other case in question is also a bit hard hitting so I guess what I am trying to say, without giving spoilers, is that this book is not for the faint-hearted.Initially, I was a bit confused with the parts narrated by Emily herself. I couldn't get how she could be where she was, see what she saw, but couldn't do anything about it. Maybe she was in hiding, maybe she was scared. I would probably have been given what I found out later was happening but, as with all books that I am enjoying, I just held those thoughts and went with it all, trusting the author would come good eventually. And she did. Definitely. And it works. I have seen this sort of supernatural element bomb in some books, but here it was very effective. Characterisation was also very good. I found that speech, mannerisms and behaviour were all congruent with the time and place setting, which made the characters come across as being totally believable. I was well able to connect with the majority almost instantly which really helped my overall enjoyment of the book. I loved the chalk and cheese combination of Constance and Pauline. They clicked so well together. And the dark characters were all deliciously evil and it oozed from the pages when they were around. Pacing was darned near perfect. As the narration switches between the characters it in turn switches between the different elements of the book. This kept the narrative fresh for me which meant that it kept my interest and concentration throughout the book. I was not a fan of having to put it down and, when life made me, I got a bit grumpy, eager to get back to the wonderful world I was totally immersed in before. All in all, a darned near perfect read for me combing all the elements I need from a book, including that satisfying feeling at the end. I read this book thinking it was a stand alone, on finishing it, I was very happy to find out that it is actually book one of a new series. One that I will be definitely putting on my watch list.My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

  • Raven
    2019-02-05 05:20

    Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free of charge for an honest and unbiased review.Tessa Harris' book The Sixth Victim is based on two different characters Constance Piper, a flower girl and Emily Tindall, a missionary teacher and Constance's mentor. The Sixth Victim is placed in Whitehall during the time of Jack the Ripper's murder spree. SO of course Jack's murders are mentioned frequently. Yet the story has Constance spending most of the book trying to figure out where and why Emily Tindall disappeared. While Constance is doing this she meets some higher class people, has new experiences and finds out somethings about herself she didn't know before.Tessa Harris did a great job with this book. It was very well thought out and interesting. Tessa Harris' writing style in this book was great. The Sixth Victim is written from both main character's point of view. In the past I've read several books from multiple character's points of view and more often than not I've found that they fail to achieve their purpose. This story doesn't. Tessa Harris writes this book where the advancement of the story occurs at a steady pace. While there seems to be very little overlap of the characters' observations the plot isn't construed. All in all a great story, I look forward to reading more books written by Tessa Harris.The way Tessa Harris wrote The Sixth Victim makes it great to have two narrators. The narrators for The Sixth Victim are Fiona Hardingham and Gemma Dawson. Fiona Hardingham and Gemma Dawson did a great job on the narration. Fiona Hardingham's and Gemma Dawson's voices are great for audiobooks. Both made their character distinctive and interesting. You can instantly tell them apart which is great in my opinion for a multiple person audiobook. Fiona Hardingham's and Gemma Dawson's diction and enunciation made this audiobook great for listeners. The production house for this audiobook is Blackstone Audio.  I seem to be having a love/hate relationship with Blackstone Audio. I love their audiobooks then I hate them. I will admit I love The Sixth Victim. Blackstone Audio did a great job on producing this audiobook. The production for this audiobook is perfect. There were no fluctuation in sound and at the right tempo for a great listening experience. My only issue is that in one track close to the end of this book it seems to repeat half-way through.  Other than that all good. Now for the big question. "Would I recommend this book?" My answer would have to be Yes! This is a very interesting story. There are some words said and scenes described in this book that parents might not want little kids to hear. So having kept that in mind I listened to this audiobook in at work with the door closed and at home in private. 

  • Sharon
    2019-02-06 23:18

    I've been kind of fascinated with the Jack the Ripper murders for years. I don't consider myself a Ripperologist or anything, but I've read up. I've even played Dark Annie Chapman at a historical reenactment. So, when I had the opportunity to read and review "The Sixth Victim," I leaped at it.Tessa Harris brings us two first-person narrators: Constance and Emily. Constance is a Cockney flower girl whose sister is a pickpocket. Emily? Well, she's a little unreliable as a narrator. There are a lot of reasons why this is, which are revealed as the plot unfolds.Constance also happens to be a spirit medium -- but she doesn't understand that right away. What she does know is that she's having dreams about women being killed in her neighborhood: vivid dreams. And those dreams are turning out to be frightfully accurate depictions of the Ripper murders *at the same time they're happening.* On top of that, Constance is trying to find her missing teacher, Miss Tindall ... and is afraid she's another victim.There is a subplot involving a Doctor Terence Cutler, who is a well-to-do surgeon. He moonlights at the Whitehall Infirmary helping the poor ... and this creates complications in his personal life.Overall, there's a well-constructed tale concerning not only the Ripper murders but also the Whitehall Mystery (the dismembered remains of a woman were found in a construction site that would eventually become Scotland Yard's headquarters).I found Constance likeable in her frankness. She was a reliable narrator and a well-developed character. The book is peopled with characters and incidents right out of history, and the author has clearly done her homework. The alternating viewpoints between Constance and Emily gave us a look at both high and low society during the period and created a sense of balance in the tale. Well done.

  • Annemarie Macken
    2019-02-03 22:10

    Set in Whitechapel in the heart of London's East End in 1888, during the reign of the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, 'The Sixth Victim' is an inventive and engaging re-telling and possible interpretation of events at a time that rocked the poverty-stricken society to the core. Harris tells a good tale and engages the reader with a variety of evocative and atmospheric descriptions and characterisation that ensures we are seeing events from two different perspectives. Although not aiming to present a theory about the identity of Jack the Ripper, Harris conveys the horrific and nerve-tingling events of this period through the eyes of a young girl, Constance Piper, a poor flower-seller and would be, albeit reluctant, spiritual medium from one perspective. At the same time, the story is narrated from the point-of-view of Miss Emily Tindall, Constance's Sunday school tutor, though there is clearly something different to the story told by Miss Tindall, which is revealed slowly as the chapters unfold.Harris does a great job in pulling the readers in and ensuring we are immersed in the fog and murk of Whitechapel as Jack the Ripper claims his victims one by one and the citizens of the East End, particularly the women, have to constantly look over their shoulders, wondering if they will be next, listening for footsteps and the ominous sound and flash of the knife in the hand of one of London's most infamous and violent killers of all time.For fans of this historical period and lovers of a thriller told from an alternative viewpoint, this is both entertaining and imaginative and will not fail to captivate the attention of all readers.

  • Debbie
    2019-01-25 03:20

    Set in London during the days of the Jack the Ripper frenzy, this book was both entertaining and creepy. The murders of Jack the Ripper, while important to the story, are mostly in the background.The main story is told of two characters. One is Constance who thinks she may be clairvoyant as she keeps dreaming things and seeing things while in a desperate attempt to find her friend, Emily Tindall. Emily is the second major character who has become Constance's friend. She has been trying to educate her in all things regarding being a lady. In the meantime, Constance comes to be introduced to a lady of means who is looking for her sister and inquires about Constance's help in her journey.Suddenly Emily disappears and Constance is on the hunt to find her friend. This leads to the start of Constance's dreams and sets her on a path of regarding a sixth victim who has been found murdered. This murder is much different than the one's left behind by Jack the Ripper. However, is he the culprit and two women are missing? Could the body be one of those people that Constance is looking for? A creepy, suspenseful and tragic read that held my interest way into the night.Huge thanks to Kensington Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley to read and review with an honest, unbiased opinion.

  • Mary
    2019-02-01 05:05

    The possibility of a horrible death at the hands of Jack the Ripper hangs over the young women of Whitechapel, causing them to look carefully over their shoulders and be sure they are home before dark. Constance Piper makes a meager living selling fruit and flowers to those Londoners more fortunate, while her sister Flo is ready to pick their pockets for coin or trinkets they can sell to their mother’s beau. The only bright spot in Constance’s life is teaching Sunday school with her mentor, Miss Emily Tindall. Miss Emily has taught Constance to read, given her books, and tried to show her a different life than the dirt and poverty of Whitechapel. When Miss Emily disappears, Constance searches for her, finding assistance in strange and unexpected ways.I love historical fiction, and The Sixth Victim did not disappoint. The descriptions of the area, the smell, the fear, everything was woven together beautifully to create a picture of London in 1888. I also love the paranormal, so Constance’s new-found abilities added a great deal to the story. I appreciated the varying perspectives of Emily and Constance, and liked the way everything tied together. With this being the first book in the Constance Piper series, I will definitely be on the lookout for Constance’s next adventures.

  • Eva
    2019-01-27 01:23

    the sixth victim is a paranormal historical mystery set during the jack the ripper murders in victorian england. harper has clearly done a lot of research in order to bring this particular moment in british history to life.the story is told from the point of view of constance piper, a flower girl in whitechapel. and miss emily tinsdale, a mysterious missionary whose whereabouts aren't made crystal clear at the beginning of the novel. eventually, you figure out that something not quite worldly is happening, because the way emily has access to certain moments and how she responds to them make it clear that she might be a supernatural being.the thing is, i never felt the urgency in this story. there is a lot of historical detail and we see things from both character's perspectives, but it's not quite clear why these moments are being shared. yes, the plot and the scenes we witness are brought together by the end. but even with the threat of the ripper hanging over the character's heads i just never felt that concerned about that. and this felt wrong. i should care more, but as it is, i don't have much interest in learning more about constance. and don't even get me started on emily.this wasn't for me. in the end, it isn't my cup of tea.**the sixth victim will publish on may 30, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (kensington) in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-02 22:08

    Maybe this was a great book overall, but it was just really too slow-moving and hard to get into for me and I did not finish it.Neither Constance nor Emily grabbed me as characters, or drew me into their world or who they were. I did not feel any sympathy or connection to them in the one-quarter of the book I managed before giving up.I also wasn't drawn in at all to the world. I get that the author was trying to set a mood and make us feel what it was like to live in Whitechapel during the Ripper's rampage, but the early part of this book is just the daily life of poor people living in this dark and rough environment, which is fine, but I didn't feel like anything actually HAPPENED in the quarter I read that made me want to keep reading to get to what I presume was the good stuff. I kept wondering how much more boring I would have to endure before the exciting stuff started. However much that was, it was longer than I could tough it out. Especially since my next audio book had arrived from the library, there was just no incentive for me to stick with this one.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-25 00:04

    Eighteen-year-old Constance Piper lives with her mother and older sister in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888, and Jack the Ripper has started his killing spree. The entire neighborhood is living in a state of constant fear. Constance is especially concerned because her teacher and mentor, Miss Tindall, has disappeared without a word, causing Constance to fear the worst. Constance has also begun having dreams and visions pertaining to the recent horrific crimes being committed. It took several chapters before I became drawn into this story line, but once I got a better feel for the two narrators of the story, one being Constance, the other being Emily, I found the book quite suspenseful. I actually didn't realize who Emily was at first, but then it clicked, and the book made a lot more sense! The author did a good job of making you feel the terror and suspicion of all those around you during the time of Jack the Ripper, as well as what it was like to live in a poor neighborhood in that era.

  • Jantine Kampes
    2019-02-14 22:23

    This is a book I enjoyed very much.While Jack the Ripper does what people know him for on the streets, Constance is looking for her teacher Emily. She disappeared shortly before the murders started. Pauline is looking for her sister. Which one of them is the dismembered sixth body, found on a building site? And what happened to both of them?The story is told from the point of view alternating between Constance and Emily, with sometimes a bit through the eyes of Pauline and Terence - the husband of her disappeared sister. The tension is build up in a marvelous way. As a reader I was swept into the swirl of not trusting many of the characters anymore, while on the other hand hoping they would make it out alive.I received a free copy through Netgalley, in return for an honest review.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-29 22:04

    Yikes--perfect Halloween fare. We have spooky streets, diabolical murderers (i.e. Jack the Ripper), spiritualism and clairvoyance, evil exploitation of women and children---like I say--perfect for spooky night reading.There are two main characters--Emily, a upper class lady, who is retelling her life (how does she do this?) and Constance, a poor "flower girl", part time pick pocket accessory. Constance's clairvoyance and ability to communicate with a certain deceased person makes her susceptible to a terrible knowledge. Emily tells her story of trying to impart this knowledge to her friend Constance. Confusing? Yes, for a little bit but you will quickly figure the main plot out and from there you will develop a scary awakening of Victorian London life in the poor East end.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-22 05:00

    This is an interesting take on The Ripper murders concentrating on what became known as the Whitehall Mystery, where the headless torso of a woman was discovered in a vault on a building site of what later became the site of New Scotland Yard.The book is written from the viewpoint of two young sisters Constance and Flo who are contemporaries of the victims. It transpires that Constance unknowingly is somewhat of a psychic or medium and while searching frantically for her missing teacher is actually being guided by a spirit. The story alternates between Constance and Emily, the missing teacher.I thought it was fascinating and a really novel approach on a well-known event. It was well written and I could not put it down.

  • Anna
    2019-02-19 04:19

    A mixed bag for me. The setting is rendered very well as is the sense of danger and foreboding, they both are almost like characters in the book. The plot, on the other hand, is meandering and convoluted and although it is listed as a mystery, it is not a mystery in the classic sense as no one is really setting out to solve something they are just wandering around worrying and waiting to be told what is going on. The characters as in real life are a mixed bag some are likable others not so much. I really liked Constance, and her sister, but was often annoyed with Pauline, Emily and the Doctor. Won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

  • Conny
    2019-02-02 01:07

    I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really enjoyed it, though it started a little slow for me, once it got going it held my attention until the last page. The story was told through the eyes of the two main characters, Constance and Emily, and slowly the mystery revealed itself. I found the characters and the time period in which it took place very interesting and I can't wait to see what the future will hold in store for them. This was my first book by Tessa Harris but it certainly won't be my last, very entertaining read, and one I will be happy to reread in the future.