Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Published by Jimmy Patterson
Published on September 20th 2016
Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
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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 don’t know how crazy this will sound, but let me just go ahead and tell ya’ll that I am obsessed with serial killers. Well, I suppose fascinated sounds better than obsessed. Actually, that sounds bad too. I am intrigued by serial killers, I wish I could see what exactly motivates them. Its really more from a scientific aspect than anything. Okay well this explanation got weird so lets move on….
I will read or watch anything about Jack the Ripper. This case is particularly fascinating because they never found the killer. There is so much speculation and clues as to possibilities, but never any solid proof as to who committed those murders. I am happy to read anything about the case, both fact and fiction, but the fiction is always more exciting because it allows the world to be expanded and for the blame to be placed somewhere new.
I was so excited to read this book! Audrey Rose is such a great character, so strong willed and intelligent. I really appreciate that the complete focus of this book didn’t end up being the romance, though I will say it was a great side story and I absolutely adore the dynamic between Audrey and Thomas, and speaking of Thomas, I really loved him. He just worked for me.
The atmosphere was just so perfect, and there was a sense of dread hanging around (which, if you have read my other reviews, you know I love). It was dark and gritty and sometimes pretty bloody and gory. It was just so right for this type of novel. Maniscalco’s writing just flowed so smoothly and I was constantly captivated, even in what would normally be considered dull moments. I think it helped that I liked the characters though. She also managed to capture 1880’s London in a way that I could easily picture.
There were twists and turns that occasionally surprised me, which was fun. It didn’t seem like the story was ever trying to hard to be shocking. I hope that people go into this without spoilers so that they can spend their time trying to figure out the mystery for themselves. Also, it turns out that this is going to be a series, and I AM SO EXCITED! I tend to get tired of everything getting a series, but this is one world that I would love to hang out in some more. This was just so satisfying. Do not pass this one up!!
(Side note: its hard to find good GIF’s that appropriately provide the sheer horrors of old Jack and his activities. Sad face.)
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