Savage – Richard Laymon (book review

based in 1888, Trevor is a 15-year-old boy who finds himself dragged into the horrific path of jack the ripper. His journey pulls him from Whitechapel where the murders began, across the sea to the new world where the murders continue. When he finds himself witnessing the horrific and disturbingly graphic death of  young prostitute mary Kelly, instead of running for the hills to save his own life, Trevor sets off on a horrifying journey to find the ripper and bring him to justice.

Following the ripper aboard a boat on the Thames, Trevor finds himself kidnapped and held hostage along with the boats passengers. The poor american family have no idea whats hits them as the ripper tortures the young woman to get them to take him to america where he hopes to find soul mates in the form of the savage indians.

Escaping once the boat reaches america, Trevor is lucky to survive by jumping overboard. The ripper thinking Trevor has drowned continues his journey unperturbed leaving death and destruction in his wake. Meeting a host of interesting characters along the way,including the lovely Sarah Trevor makes his own journey following the rippers footsteps through the west towards the final showdown…

When I first saw this I thought it really wouldn’t be my cup of tea as I prefer more modern based books and westerns not my favorite genre. But I’m really glad that I started to read it as after just a few page I was completely hooked!

It contains laymon at his gruesome best and its now one of my favorite books. The story keeps you in suspense from start to finish and just when you think you know what the outcome will be something happens to change your mind..I loved the fact that the story is based around a well know notorious person and it breathes a completely different life into what was a historical fact. The ripper as you have never witnessed him before!. just be warned that like all laymon books savage is very gruesome and descriptive and could be too much for some people.

would recommend in a heartbeat :)   personal rating 10/10


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