The Fifth Victim Paperback – 15 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Antonia Alexander is curently studying medicine.
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If it was a novel then the author hasn't the first idea how to create vivid characters or pacy plot.
If it's a true-crime memoir then it's an insult. The only "evidence" the author offers in support of John Williams being Jack the Ripper is that he may have treated two of the victims in his capacity as surgeon at the Whitechapel infirmary. Frankly, he sounds like an honest, hard-working doctor who doesn't deserve to have had his post-mortem reputation savaged in this way. As for victim Mary Kelly, her origins and family have NEVER been identified (researchers have been trying to do just that without success for the last thirty years.)
I was astonished to see that this was published by an indie publisher, not a vanity self-publisher. There are even spelling mistakes, repeated phrases and misplaced apostrophes in it. What were the publisher and his editors playing at? Here is an example of the quality of the writing: "I popped a piece of toast in the toaster." It would get burned to a crisp! I would even go so far as to say that the publisher could be prosecuted under the Trades Description Act for flogging sub-standard goods to the public, and the author could be prosecuted for fraud. I might as well write a book claiming my great-grandfather was the love-child of Captain Louis Edward Nolan and Florence Nightingale. Who is to say me nay?
The first couple of chapters left me completely flummoxed as they were about the author going to a hen party drinking too much and meeting someone who she later had a child by and then got married to. Not absolutely sure what this has to do with JTR. We then plough our way through lots of very bad dialogue until we arrive at her grandmother's home in Spain where she is shown an article by some relatively unknown person, about how he read a book and is convinced he now knows who JTR is and so on, you get the idea. Grandmother then produces a locket which is supposed to contain a picture of Sir John Williams who featured in a book by Tony Williams who accused him of being JTR, and was supposed to have belonged to her grandmother.
The rest of The Fifth Victim seems to be entire chunks of William's book interspersed with extracts from Sir John's diaries, which prove absolutely nothing! She has also failed to mention that the book by Tony Williams has been universally discredited and shown to be total nonsense.
Miss Alexander then asks us to believe that Mary Kelly, widely accepted as being JTR's last victim is in fact her great, great, great grandmother without offering a shred of proof to bolster her claim. She shows a remarkable ignorance in the field of research. She quotes from Barnett's statement at the inquest and then says his claims are corroborated by the Star newspaper. Well no actually the newspaper was quoting Barnett so it is hardly surprising the two accounts are going to be similar.Read more ›
If somebody can lie in interviews, product descriptions and on the blurb of their book, then I don't hold up much hope for the accuracy of the content. The evidence she does provide is sketchy to say the least. The fact Williams was a doctor who MAY have treated some of the victims and who specialised in gynecology does not automatically make him a killer, and there is little other in the way of convincing evidence. Neither does having a failed marriage or having an affair. I haven'd read the book written by Tony Williams that she has supposedly ripped off, but I am curious now just to see all the similarities myself. You also have to wade through chapters of autobiographical rubbish just to get to the filling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased the book to take on holiday and quite enjoyed the first few chapters although a lot of it was about the life of John Williams and was becoming a bit laborious but I... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Unabryn
Absolute rubbish. It is a work of fiction and not worth one star.Published 19 months ago by Robert Marlow
Awful book... Based on a claim; repeated countless times on front cover, back cover and throughout the text that the author is related to Jack the rippers 5th victim; the author... Read morePublished on 21 July 2014 by Touchstone
The worst book on the Ripper I've ever read. Even worse than Uncle Jack. Poorly written without any historical evidence whatsoever. Really poor. Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by Heraldo
One of the most badly written books I have ever come across made worse by the so-called 'editors' failing to correct the howlers in grammar. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2013 by Morag
An entertaining and original spin on the Jack the Ripper murders. It's nice to read a book that uses the point of view of someone else. It also gives a new motive on the murders. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by martine h
Having read this book and read the latest issue of Ripperologist which exposes it to be a sham I would like to know how I get my money back please?Published on 26 Oct. 2013 by Mr. Michael Covell
This is the first time I have reviewed anything on amazon and I'm doing this because the book in question is awfull. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by pinkmoon
What a great book!! It made me feel as though I was in the 19th century, the only book that's given a voice to a victim of these crimes.Published on 14 Oct. 2013 by Beth