Jack the Ripper Victims Series by Alan M. Clark Book Tour and Giveaway :)
This series started off on a great foot in my opinion. Polly is just a normal girl from a poor family whose mother is gone and it's just her and her father and brother. She must work to help the family survive, but as she grows up she finds it harder and harder to stay away from the drink, which inevitably ruins her entire life. I really liked Polly as a character, she was very complex and being in her mind was sad but also very interesting at the same time. After Polly marries and her husband starts to beat on her, she takes even more to the drink, until the point she has to leave everything she knows behind and try to make it on her own. And of course this is where the prostitution becomes a central part of her life. I would give this one 5 stars :)
In this second installment of the Ripper series, we get to meet Annie, the next victim. Although I really love the storyline and the way it was written and even though Annie is a great character, I was not fond of her AS a character. She seems to be very selfish and sometimes cruel on purpose and her thoughts are solely focused on her. I just didn't find her as sympathetic as Polly. But that's okay because it was still a great book! Her story was quite different from Polly's; she did not have family, she was relying on prostitution from almost the beginning of the book by lying with a man who also visited other women and he took care of them. At the one point she goes to the workhouse and knows she is not sick compared to the other people, but watches as someone leaves and rushes in to get a spot. I am glad I read about her, she did have an interesting story. I can't wait for the next book!