Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Published by Jimmy Patterson on September 20th 2016
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Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this one and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good mystery novel that has an added bit of gore to it. In terms of plot, I had the ending figured out around page 70 or so. I think if you don’t guess the right person, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER will have a lot of rereadability for you because there is a glaring clue early on in the book.
Audrey was a pretty good main character. She was smart and still allowed herself to be a female. I liked that at times she was “stronger” than the men in the room. I also really liked that she was ready and willing to do whatever she could to learn more and solve the murders. I felt as though she was a really believable character and I liked reading from her point of view. She was unapologetically herself and I really liked that. Also I imagine that if I decided to sneak out of my house, it would be to learn more about something — although maybe not to cut someone open. I’m very squeamish.
For a Historical Fiction novel set in 1888 in London, I really felt as though I was there with the characters. The setting was so detailed and descriptive that I couldn’t help but fall into this one. I embraced it with open arms. There were a couple times when I felt as though I slipped back into the present day during my reading but only because something that a character said or did connected to something in our world. But while I have a love-hate relationship with most Historical Fiction, this one goes into the love category strictly for setting.
One of the problems I had with this one was that while Audrey was very “I am a girl and allowed to like science but also dressing up” she was still very “I’m not like other girls.” She grew to respect her cousin, but at the one Royal Tea her family hosted, she was talking about how the girls may have hidden depths if they could just be coaxed out of their shell and then one of the girl said something like “who needs to be smart when you can be pretty” and Audrey was like “nevermind.” And I wasn’t here for it. That really put me off of the novel tbh. I don’t want to read about girls who think they are so much better than others because of their brains. Let’s lift up all girls, okay?
I really liked Thomas. I liked that he was so open about his affections and didn’t really try to hide them. I felt as though he might have been confused at times about them being so strong, especially in the beginning, but I liked that he was very much vocal about how much he liked Audrey. I definitely shipped them. I am excited to see how their relationship evolves in the next novel.
I did really like that this was a standalone novel in a sense and not a strict series. I like that the mystery was solved and the ending left room for more (which I know there will be). It allowed the reader closure but someone starting to read won’t necessarily have to start at the beginning. I like when there are a series of standalones with the same characters rather than a full series — it is a nice break tbh.
I would recommend trying this one out at the library first and if you like it, then purchase a copy.