The Name of the Star takes all previous Ripper novels and turns them on their heads with her reimagined hypothesis of the man behind the murders. In true Maureen Johnson fashion, Rory Deveaux is understatedly sarcastic, helping to ease the increasing tension that develops from this decidedly creepy story. The ending comes with quite a shock, making the anticipation for the next installment in this series that much greater. Even better, this really could stand alone if one so desires. There are enough answers and closed mysteries to satisfy all readers, while leaving hints at future stories to come. Undeniably funny and deliciously eerie, The Name of the Star is a welcome addition the growing canon of YA paranormal.