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A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London. As he begins to reaA Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London. As he begins to read the journal, Robert becomes convinced of it's authenticity and finds that the words of the Ripper have a strange and compelling effect on him. Unable to cast the pages aside he finds himself being drawn into the dark and sinister world of the killer until he is unable to distinguish what is fact and what is fantasy. In short, Robert Cavendish begins to feel as though he is being taken over in some way by the soul of the long-dead Ripper. What happens as he progresses through the journal will disturb and shock the reader as the close dividing line between sanity and madness is explored to the full....

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ISBN : 9781554045273
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Number of Pages : 244 Pages
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A Study in Red Reviews

  • Stephen
    2018-08-04 22:51

    4.0 stars. This book is well written and the premise is great. A psychiatrist, Robert Cavendish, is bequeathed what appears to be the actual journal of "jack the Ripper." Skeptical at first, Robert becomes convinced that the journal is authentic and that there may be a connection between the infamous mass murderer and his family. His obsession with the journal eventually leads him question his own sanity (and his own ability to control his own actions) and becomes a struggle between sanity and madness that is very dark, atmospheric and very well done. The only reason I did not give the story 5 stars is that I was a little disappointed in the ending. I was hoping for more of a "oh my God" moment. However, it was certainly a terrific read (actually a listen as I listended to the audio version) and would certainly recommend it.

  • Ann Keller
    2018-08-04 19:50

    A Study in Red begins with a mysterious warning, compelling the reader to read on. What follows is a horrific tale of butchery, bloodletting and madness, the tale of the secret journal of Jack the Ripper.Page, by warm sticky page, Brian L. Porter compels us to follow as Robert receives a very old stack of papers upon his father’s death. Puzzled and curious, he begins to read the odd journal. Sleep eludes Robert and he barely eats enough to stay alive as the journal of Jack the Ripper engulfs his fevered brain. Robert hears voices and sees shadows, even though he is quite alone. His study seems strangely cold, although the pages of the journal are unaccountably warm, as warm as blood, and for some odd reason, a queer London fog has gradually surrounded his house.Is Robert going mad? Has the Ripper somehow found a way to cross the boundaries of time into the present? Reading the grisly accounts of the Ripper’s murderous deeds would unsettle anyone, but what otherworldly force seems to have overtaken Robert? Somehow, he seems unusually close to the Ripper’s story and to his own ancestor’s apparent involvement with one of the most heinous murderers of all time. This is a story that will chill the heart and draw one in like no other. Perhaps you, too, will be compelled to open A Study in Red, to learn the truth of the secret journal of Jack the Ripper.

  • Martha Cheves
    2018-08-01 18:52

    In reading A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack The Ripper, I came across a passage written by Porter that explained why I couldn't put this book down.... "there was a thrill attached to all the horror I was exposing myself to, not a pleasant thrill, but a thrill nonetheless." To me the "thrill" was wanting to know the full story. With the available resources for research today it just might be possible for a writer to compile all of the evidence and form a conclusion that wasn't possible 100 years ago. Was the Ripper a man sick in body as well as mind? Did he seek help from others? Did he tell someone else what he had done and not been believed? And why kill just prostitutes? Were they to blame for his illness? Or was it his own father that was to blame? Yes Porter tells you the story is fiction, but is it really? I'm not really sure anymore.I've enjoyed reading this book. It's a cross between a "fiction" and a "true crime." So if you enjoy either genre you will enjoy A Study in Red. Do keep in mind that this book is very descriptive.

  • Brian Porter
    2018-07-24 16:30

    As the author of the book I can't very well review my own work, but here a some of the customer reviews it has received so far, taken from the Amazon UK and Amazon.com websites: (As of 24th April 2008 the book is listed as the 17th best selling Jack the Ripper book on the Amazon UK website) 'A Thrilling Study in Red!!, 11 April 2008 By Mr. Michael Covell "Mike Covell" (Hull) I was lucky enough to win this excellent book, otherwise I would have bought it anyway!! It grips you from the off slowly building up pace until it becames like a rollercoaster ride, one which keeps you entertained and unable to escape! The plot steadily builds up to a great crescendo and all the charectors are well written. If you read only 1 Jack the Ripper Fiction book, make it this one!A BLOODY good read, 7 April 2008 By Michael C. Walker "Jfripper" (OZ) The book I should have, could have, would have, but did not, write. But I did read it. And what a read!! This is the kind of journal the real Ripper would have wrote, not that supposed Maybrick DIARY. Grab it now, but Beware!! Not for the weak minded. Well done Brain!! Comment | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)Could not put it down, 22 Feb 2008 By G. Bowers (uk) a cracking read keeps you on the edge of your seet from page one ,can't wait for Brian L Porters next book A Fantastic New Twist on Jack the Ripper, February 10, 2008 By Book Mama "Terri" (Alaska, USA)Courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques Robert Cavendish is bereft with grief at his father's recent passing. He was also surprised to learn his father bequeathed Robert a mysterious journal to be read after his death. Read by him and him alone. As he reads the journal, he comes to realize that he holds in his hands the actual rantings and admissions of Jack the Ripper! But that, as they say, is only the beginning. From those pages Robert discovers the answer to old mysteries and atrocities, answers that lead him down a path of horror and insanity. What affect can the secret ravings of a murderer such as Jack the Ripper have on a person? And what connection did Robert's father have to this secret journal? I was immediately struck by the enormous amount of research that went into A Study in Red (The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper). It brought 18th century London to life, making the story almost palpable. For over a hundred years, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been investigated, written about, and discussed, but never like this. I could feel the cobblestones under my feet, hear the horses and carriages and smell the foul air of the London back alleyways. The journal was an interesting tool, bringing the reader directly into Jack's world and the insanity inflicting him. Experiencing the journal with Robert was intense as the mysteries unfold page by page. The suspense kept me engrossed well into the late evening hours, just as Robert had... I can feel the goose bumps now. The identity of Jack the Ripper has been explored, but never in such a deliciously nail biting manner. Although fiction, the possibilities of who Jack really was and where he came from as well as his unfortunate victims felt all too real thanks to the obvious hard work of the author to create this sensational tale.Comment | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)Chronicles of a Madman, March 1, 2008 By Susan Whitfield "author and mystery lover" (NC, USA) - See all my reviewsThe pages of Porter's novel pulled at me, finally snatching me into the Ripper's world. It gave me the creeps. I literally had to stop reading occasionally to make sure I was still in my safe home reading this fictitious account of a madman. Be warned that this novel is extremely intense! Comment | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)A study in horror, April 23, 2008 By Vivian E. Zabel (Edmond, Oklahoma) I picked up A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper, the cover hinting at the dark secrets contained between the covers. But, the cover didn't warn of the depth of travel into the mind of a mad man. Brian L. Porter's words grab the reader and won't let go as he describes Robert Cavendish's reading of the secret journal of the notorious Jack the Ripper. The man's life changed as he discovered an ancestor's place in Jack's life, the workings of The Ripper's mind, and the terror the mad man invoked. This book is not one I could sit and read at one time. I would read a section, shiver, and lay the book aside. I had to return to its pages, though. I could not stay away. Part by part I delved into the horror that Porter portrayed in his novel. I can't say I enjoyed the book, because the uneasy feeling it left in my mind were not enjoyable, but the book held my attention. For a work of fiction, A Study in Red left me wondering how anything of fiction could seem so real.

  • Berk Rourke
    2018-07-27 15:35

    How would you create a new approach to an old topic? How would you breathe new life into the story of a demented and murderous person who has been studied infinitely? In this wonderfully conceptualized story Brian L. Porter has breathed new life into the story of "Jack the Ripper." The author postulates a diary that comes into the hands of a psychiatrist in the late 1990's when his father dies in an automobile accident. And the diary consists of writings of the madman/murderer Jack. It also consists of notes left by the Great Grandfather of "Robert."As Robert begins to read the diary and the notes of his Great Grandfather he is mesmerized by their content. He feels overwhelmed with the emotions of the killer, yet somewhat sympathetic in that Robert sees the dementia from which the madman is suffering. And Robert is frightened to the utmost by the tale of murder most foul written by the killer. Robert's own sanity, his own emotions, his own "involvement" become a matter of concern for him when suddenly several young women are killed and gutted in the same fashion as those crimes which Jack committed in the late 1880's. That moment of uncertainty in his own mind is calmed by the confession of a young man to the killings, a young man that Robert has treated as a psychiatrist. As Robert reads more, fighting the inevitability of the information of more and more killings, reviled by the incredible violence perpetrated by Jack the Ripper, he descends more into his own personal hell of uncertainty, feeling the presence of the killer, knowing there is no one there but yet "feeling" that presence.Brian L. Porter is a master of the tale of the macabre. And his words, strung together so brilliantly, create scenarios that seem so real, so "now," so filled with the characters he creates. His characters are people, not just words on a page. They live, in the mind of the reader, almost from the first instant one picks up and begins to peruse the pages he has penned. Creating characters that live in the mind of the reader is a tremendously difficult and oft not very well appreciated attribute of a great writer. The author of this stunning book is amongst the best at this difficult proposition.I enjoyed this book tremendously as I have all those written by this author which I have already consumed. I think this book is probably not suited for the very young and impressionable but I certainly don't see it as being out of the realm of an older teens ability to understand and enjoy. This book is extremely well written. It deals with difficult emotional and psychic problems that are exceedingly hard to understand by all. Most of all it is an attention grabber that demands you continue, just as the journal demands of Robert, that you continue to read, to understand and to see in the final analysis all that it is about. Another tour de force by a great writer.

  • Paul Barton
    2018-08-12 20:50

    This tale reveals the identity of Jack the Ripper through the pages of a diary handed down through the generations. The diary entries, somewhat stereotypical rants against whores, are interspersed with the musings of the reader. I can't say much more as there is scant plotting.The premise is interesting but unfortunately the book gives the impression of having been rushed into print without the benefit of thorough copy editing. There are too many repetitions of pet words and phrases ("suffused", "once more...") and too many reworkings of the same thought. Some sentences became long and unwieldy, strung together by conjunctives while others were incomplete fragments. Perhaps it’s unfair to level criticisms of writing style without offering comprehensive examples but my list grew so long it seemed unnecessarily vindict ive.Turns of phrase were inaccurate or poorly thought out. While out walking he "... gulped in several lungfuls of fresh, sweet tasting air..." That might imply he later returned to breathing stale air or stopped altogether. I found this type of ambiguity intrusive and distracting. The central character lacked plausibility for me. No one really shakes with fear for several days in a row or repeatedly closes doors and leans against them for dramatic effect. There are more effective ways of conveying a state of dread.Writing and getting published are stern tests so to acknowledge that and the historically accurate context I awarded 2 stars but I was left disappointed and wondering about the 5 star reviews here and on Amazon.

  • Eileen Thornton
    2018-08-04 15:59

    Beware! Jack the Ripper walks the streets again!!When Robert Cavendish inherits a strange set of papers from his father, he has no idea what he is about to discover. But when he begins to turn the age-old pages, handed down from generation to generation, he learns that what he now has before him is the secret journal of Jack the Ripper himself. As the story unfolds, Cavendish feels he is being drawn into the mind of the Ripper. Yet, frightened though he is, he can’t stop reading the journal, he feels must continue his quest until the bitter end. Brian L Porter has so very cleverly mixed fact with fiction that I found Jack the Ripper was being vividly brought to life before my eyes. I have always been fascinated with any writings of Jack the Ripper. However, this was different. The fictitious, secret journal, portraying the murders in Whitechapel during the last months of 1888, could really have been written by Jack the Ripper himself. In fact, the descriptions of how the victims were butchered, together with the innermost feelings of the murderer seemed so real that I still find it difficult to believe that it is a work of fiction. It almost seems as though Brian L Porter managed to get into the Ripper’s head. This is a brilliant, spine-tingling novel. I found it to be a superb un-put-downable read and I can thoroughly recommend it to everyone who enjoys a dark sinister novel. Eileen Thornton – Author of The Trojan Project, an Action Thriller.

  • Barbara Watkins
    2018-07-31 21:41

    Not since reading ‘Mister B Gone’ by Clive Barker had I felt such an enthusiasm of excitement with each turn of the page. ‘A Study in Red’ (The Secret Journal of Jack The Ripper) by Brian Porter ranks high at the top of the charts as a phenomenal work of horror and intrigue. Although set as fiction his depiction of the Ripper murders reads all too real. The author transports his reader back in time to 18th century London. Through his articulate choice of words, you will feel the cobblestone beneath your feet, see the deprivation, and smell the stench that engulfed the streets of Whitechapel at that time. Not unlike the main character of Brian’s novel, the journal will possess your complete attention, and evoke thoughts of terror as you anticipate the final climax. In his novel, the author acknowledges many sources from which he meticulously researched much of his material, further adding great realism to his work. In Brian Porter’s footnotes, he declares ‘A study in Red’ is a tale, nothing more than fiction, rather than an attempt to throw new light on an old subject. As an avid fan of this new and upcoming author, I can attest he does just that! Brian Porter not only throws a new light on an old subject, he illuminates it!

  • Vivian Zabel
    2018-08-11 22:47

    I picked up A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper, the cover hinting at the dark secrets contained between the covers. But, the cover didn’t warn of the depth of travel into the mind of a mad man.Brian L. Porter’s words grab the reader and won’t let go as he describes Robert Cavendish’s reading of the secret journal of the notorious Jack the Ripper. The man’s life changed as he discovered an ancestor’s place in Jack’s life, the workings of The Ripper’s mind, and the terror the mad man invoked. This book is not one I could sit and read at one time. I would read a section, shiver, and lay the book aside. I had to return to its pages, though. I could not stay away. Part by part I delved into the horror that Porter portrayed in his novel. I can’t say I enjoyed the book, because the uneasy feeling it left in my mind were not enjoyable, but the book held my attention.For a work of fiction, A Study in Red left me wondering how anything of fiction could seem so real.

  • J.F. Juzwik
    2018-08-12 19:35

    I received this book late afternoon on a Friday and completed it in the afternoon on the following day. Talk about not being able to put a book down! This is extremely well written, and the tremendous amount of research the writer did really shows. It is as if he got into a time machine and traveled back to that time with a tape recorder and took notes. The language, the locations, the details - frighteningly accurate. This is a whole new perspective on the subject of Jack The Ripper, which includes the feelings and perceptions of the killer himself. I would strongly recommend A Study in Red to anyone who is fascinated with this long-unsolved mystery or to anyone who is looking for a story that will absolutely captivate its reader. Superior job.

  • Carolcares4u
    2018-08-01 23:30

    Brian has now become one of my fav authors. It begins with the main character reading the real Ripper's jounal that was given to him by lawyers after his father's death. Notes from his gr. gr.grandfather, a noted psychiatrist and in between some pages giving his opinions. Then you find out something remarkable. I don't want to give anything away, but this reminds me a bit of O. Henry! Fascinating book. It is a POD, so order from B&N for free shipment. It has won awards.

  • Annie
    2018-07-20 23:44

    A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London.

  • Deb
    2018-07-19 21:51

    It was so hard to put this book down. It was at the same time horrifying & wonderful. You wanted to turn away from the horrible murders but at the same time you wanted to see what happened next. A book like this doesn't come along too often!

  • Brian Kavanagh
    2018-07-30 15:57

    A clever retelling of the Ripper story. Clever, but something bugged me and I think it was the fact that it was thin material and felt like short story padded out. A denser plot development would have helped.

  • Donald Kirch
    2018-07-22 20:46

    Brian Porter has taken an old story, about some old crimes, and elevated it to become a great drama of horror and plausibility. This is a great book!

  • Alexander Wj
    2018-07-23 17:43

    Not quite predictable and yet, not at all thrilling