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. This is her first novel.
'An astonishing book set in a Victorian London plagued by Jack the Ripper. Whitfield's narrator is Susannah, an ex-nurse who rushed into a rapidly souring marriage with a wealthy surgeon and starts to believe that her husband might be Leather Apron himself. I'd be amazed if it isn't dominating the shortlists come next year's awards season' -- MW Craven 'This impressive debut builds superbly, with plenty of twists and turns' * Woman & Home * 'A gripping and original take on the world's most notorious serial killer. A perfectly thrilling read for those long winter nights. Highly recommended' -- Adam Hamdy 'A mistreated wife suspects her husband might be the Whitechapel killer ... Compelling' * Sunday Times * 'A historical crime novel with real attitude ... Compelling, thought-provoking, and powerful' * LoveReading * This impressive debut builds up pace, pathos and intrigue superbly, with plenty of twists and turns' * Woman's Weekly * 'Shockingly compelling' * Woman * 'In addition to being a thrilling page-turner, Whitfield's book explores several questions: What makes a person good or bad? Can we overcome our origins? Is our fate determined before we're born? Moreover, the book is rife with dangerous secrets - Thomas's, Susannah's, and those of the people closest to them' * Austin American Statesman *