Book Reviews

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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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.

I really enjoyed reading Stalking Jack the Ripper, it was dark, bloody and exciting to read. I didn’t know what to expect before reading the book because I only bought the book after the title got me a bit curious about the book. However after reading it and loving every minute of it, I am so glad the title caught my eye.

Stalking Jack the Ripper follows a Victorian girl called Audrey, who works in secret with her uncle who is a mortician, and helps conducts post-mortems. Also helping her uncle is Thomas Cresswell, who at the beginning does not get on too well with Audrey, but after a while them become a team and try to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper.

I absolutely loved Audrey Rose, she is everything you need to become one of your favourite main characters. She is intelligent, determined, funny and stands up for what she believes in. The way she interacts with Thomas is a definitely the highlight of the book because if your like me you will come to love every scene they are in together. They way they flirt and handle each other makes both of the characters relatable and likeable.

I found the plot to be really interesting and once I got into the story I found it hard to actually put the book down. The plot is complex and full of twist and turns,  but because it is well written its easy to follow and a joy to read. Throughout the novel I was undecided on the suspects and kept changing my mind with every chapter I read.

Kerri Maniscalco writing is a pleasure to read. Her writing draws you in and paints a very vivid picture in your mind of the locations of the murders and how the victims died. There was so much gory in the book, I wish I read this over Halloween because its a perfect read for that time of the year.

If I had to think of one thing that I didn’t like about the book, then I would have to say it was the beginning part of the book. I found it to be a little slow and it took me a while to actually get into the story and care about the characters. But don’t be put off by the start because it gets so much better. If you are finding it difficult to get through, just continue reading because you will regret not reading this fabulous story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a well thought out and developed mystery read, with added gory. After the slow start the book really picks up and takes you are a journey full of twists and turns you do not see coming. I am so glad that this is not a standalone and is instead part of a trilogy because Audrey Rose needs to have more adventures.

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I rate this book 5/5 stars

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