HALLIE RUBENHOLD, a social historian and frequent consultant for
period dramas, is the author of The Covent Garden Ladies,
the inspiration for the Hulu series Harlots, and The
Scandalous Lady W. She is also the author of the historical
novels Mistress of My Fate and The French Lesson.
"Deeply researched and powerfully told, The Five unearths
the truth behind the Victorian Age's most sensational crime: the
1888 murder spree of Jack the Ripper. Hallie Rubenhold reaches
beyond 130 years' worth of lurid headlines and misleading reports
to humanize the victims and explore their lives--and tragic,
untimely deaths. The Five is a coruscating gem of a book, as
necessary as it is compelling."
--Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
"Meticulously researched and beautifully executed, The Five is a powerful and timely retelling of a story you think you already know. Rubenhold strips away decades of myths and misconceptions so that the women who were ruthlessly murdered by Jack the Ripper are no longer one-dimensional characters in a Penny Dreadful, but real human beings with very real struggles, hopes, and fears. With this important book, Rubenhold proves she is a master of narrative nonfiction: a historian with a novelist's soul."
--Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art