The Sixth Victim by Tessa Harris

The Sixth Victim

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...

Title:The Sixth Victim
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ISBN:1496706544
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:326 pages

The Sixth Victim Reviews

  • Linda
    May 01, 2017

    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 trad

    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.

  • Lisa
    Apr 30, 2017

    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 Whitecha

    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
    Apr 14, 2017

    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 myst

    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.

  • Veronica
    May 22, 2017

    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 m

    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.

  • Adrian Dooley
    May 21, 2017

    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

    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.

  • Elizabeth
    Apr 19, 2017

    By :

    Historical thriller

    What'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 fathe

    By :

    Historical thriller

    What'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 stars

    First 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 Piper

    2: time period 1888 London

    3: the twist on the Jack the Ripper case

    4:of anything that deals with Jack the Ripper I knew I'm going to love or at least like.

    5: Clairvoyant aspect

    What I hated: no thing

    This 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
    May 05, 2017

    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.

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    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."

  • Meredith
    May 11, 2017

    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

    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.

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