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People of Abandoned Character
People of Abandoned Character

People of Abandoned Character


432 Pages, 5.71 x 8.98

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: June 2021

ISBN 9781838932749

Rights: CA

Head of Zeus US (Jun 2021)
Head of Zeus

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


Marry in haste . . . Murder at leisure?London, 1888: Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. After a passionate honeymoon, she returns home with her new husband wrapped around her little finger. But then everything changes.Thomas's behavior becomes increasingly volatile and violent. He stays out all night, returning home bloodied and full of secrets. The gentle caresses she enjoyed on her wedding night are now just a honeyed memory.When the first woman is murdered in Whitechapel, Susannah's interest is piqued. But as she follows the reports of the ongoing hunt for the killer, her mind takes her down the darkest path imaginable. Every time Thomas stays out late, another victim is found dead.Is it coincidence? Or is her husband the man they call Jack the Ripper?


"Astonishing . . . I'd be amazed if it isn't dominating the shortlists come next year's awards season." —M.W. Craven

"[A] suspenseful gothic debut." —Shelf Awareness

"This Gothic gaslight thriller presents a genuinely fresh twist on the subgenre of investigating Jack the Ripper." —Criminal Element

Author Biography

Clare Whitfield is a UK-based writer living in a suburb where the main cultural landmark is a home store/Starbucks combo. She is the wife of a tattoo artist, mother of a small benign dictator and relies on a black Labrador for emotional stability. She has been a dancer, copywriter, amateur fire breather, buyer, and mediocre weight lifter.