Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Format: Hardcover, 326 pages
Published: September 20th 2016
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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.
My favorite aspects of this book are the characters. They all had distinctive personalities and they were both likable and unlikable, as in they had flaws that made them infuriating. Frankly, that’s how I like my characters; it just makes them more real. The writing wasn’t bad and it captured the mystery aspect of the book very well. It was every bit as creepy and grotesque as I thought it would be.
Back to our protagonist, Audrey…I loved the fact that she was a badass character with a questionable interest in forensic medicine and a love for dresses. Although, I should say that I felt like she sounded a bit condescending to the other female characters. I didn’t like her that much.
Thomas Cresswell is probably the reason I kept reading; he saved this book for me. His personality was a bit of fresh air, especially in the YA genre which is infested with recycled male characters. He’s smart, arrogant and a bit mysterious. He’s also absolutely infuriating and just, to put it simply, intriguing.
Unfortunately the romance there fell short for me. I don’t know what it was exactly. I liked the idea of them together and the chemistry wasn’t bad but I didn’t feel invested in their relationship. It’ll probably get better in later books.
The mystery and horror-like aspect was another thing that worked for Stalking Jack the Ripper. The description of the murder scenes and the dead bodies was pretty disturbing (which is a big plus!) and it was actually hard to guess who the culprit was so it kept me on edge, adding to the creepy factor.
Overall not a bad book, but too slow-paced and a bit bland for my liking. The last few pages get much better but it was hard to get through this book.
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.
Find Author: https://www.kerrimaniscalco.com