I generally dislike “true” crime books, but Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five is an exception. Rubenhold explores the lives of five victims of Jack the Ripper, chronicling their lives up to the moments before they are killed. Rubenhold was criticized by “Ripperologists” for her unusual approach, but I found it quite informative. In exploring the victims’ lives, The Five paints an extremely harsh picture of daily life in the Victorian era. The Kirkus Reviews writeup is here. The New York Times review is here.