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2014 Story 46

From Tales of Jack the Ripper, edited by Ross E. Lockhart:

46. ONCE NOVEMBER by E. Catherine Tobler   Tobler's story makes Jack a peripheral character, a memory lurking in the background, and focuses instead on his victims. Or, more specifically, their ghosts: bonded together by what Jack did to them, how he made them "beautiful" (in their own words), how jealous they are of each other (or of one in particular). Their bond draws them into the sphere of a living woman returning to the scenes of the crimes many years later, a woman with her own secret to bear/bare.  I loved the way this played out, alternating between the dead and the living, building to a twist I probably should have foreseen but which wasn't even on my mental radar until the author revealed all.  Moody, wistful ... far less horrific than the Drake and Moreno-Garcia stories I've reviewed the past two days, but no less affecting for that. I actually felt the chill of early November in the words of the story, that last chance to look back (at the year, at a life) and think about whether we got it right.

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