My novel is a bio-fictional story based upon the life of Mary Pearcey and inspired by the unsolved murders that were committed in Whitechapel, London in 1888.
Mary was born in 1866, she was executed 23rd December 1890.
The story opens to the main character reminiscing over a childhood memory and follows her as she attends school, witnesses her sister’s death and is burdened the responsibility of her remaining siblings.
She leaves education and starts employment at Kenwood House as a scullery Maid. Here she battles with her independence and wicked nature and falls in love with a lord of the manors relative who will change the course of her life.
She experiences life changing trauma at the hands of a respected doctor, endures the heartbreak of unrequited love and develops a friendship like no other. Mary’s determined persona saw her secure a job within a factory and cross the bounds into adulthood.
Her relationship with Malt will change her whole world as she is willingly led further down the path of murder, blood and lies. Malts abandonment is the point in which Mary surrenders to the darkness within and her fate is sealed.
The tale takes you on a fictional journey through Marys experiences in the East End of London as the great city embraces the industrial revolution. Mary encounters hardships and tragedy and develops a domineering personality as she grows into a young woman. Family relations are strained by the constraints of society as Mary strives to stamp her remarkable legacy on the world.
London is gripped by the heinous murders of working woman, prostitutes lay slaughtered as the savage killer taunts the police and instils terror in the population. Police and vigilantes hunt the mysterious killer who is ripping their way through the back streets of Whitechapel.
Mary loves as fiercely as she kills. Deep down all Mary craved was love, a family, a child to love, but that had been stolen from her. The world had forsaken her so she would forsake the world, she would teach them not to squander what they had been given.
Her volatile nature is fuelled by the experiences of her past as well as her affection for alcohol and her battle with depression. Though numb to affection Mary she did not lack the attention of men and she used this to her own advantage. She uses a distinctive ‘calling card’ to earn her keep whilst residing rent free at the expense of a generous gentleman.
Mary’s heart is inflamed when she meets Frank Hogg but her happiness is shattered as her obsession with Frank sees her reach incredible highs to be crippled by devastating lows as she contends with the mother of his child, the ill-fated Phoebe.
The tale ends in the accumulation of Marys love and jealously over Frank as she takes extreme measures to secure her man, which leads her to the hangman’s noose.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love the mystery surrounding who Jack the Ripper was. I read a very short article that proposed the Killer to be Mary Pearcey. I thought it she was an unusual suspect so I decided my first novel would be a twist on the historic crimes. It is a bio-fiction work, starting with imaginary beginnings but ending in real circumstances.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Non-Fiction – Historial figures from Victorian England and victims of real-life murders.
The news of the attack on Annie Millwood was the main topic of conversation amongst the traders, buyers and patrons of Mile End on the morning of the twenty-sixth February. By all accounts an attempt had been made of her life, the assailant disappearing before the job was complete, leaving a partial description that the attacker was male and the injury to her lower abdomen and legs had been inflicted with a clasp knife, a weapon more associated with the military than the medical profession. A suitably matching account was portrayed the following week in East London Post that reiterated the fact that she had in fact been stabbed but made no attempt to discover the perpetrator.
It crossed my mind that the attacker was Malt, but he assured me that it was not, and that he would have completed the job, leaving no witnesses alive to testify against him, or us. Whitechapel was a hunting ground that we had not considered, it was close enough to be viable but just far enough that we would not instantly fall under suspicion.
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