Hey lovely readers!
Today’s post is a book review of Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper!
“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.”
So this book and this author have been all over Twitter for so long! And I finally had the time to pick it up! I wasn’t surprised that I liked this book. It’s a great historical fiction novel with a fun twist. I have always been fascinated by serial killers. I mean I have a growing collection of serial killer biographies on my shelves and I’ve written several research papers on Jack the Ripper. This book has an awesome heroine, an arrogant but love-able boy, a Victorian romance (my favorite kind), and a murderer on the loose!
The story definitely kept me engaged. I enjoyed all of the history incorporated into the story. My favorite part of this story has to be the relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas! Their banter was so fun and I loved the way the purposely pushed each other’s buttons. I also thought all the medical terminology was so interesting. The book has a lot that draws you in and I genuinely enjoyed it. However I found it hard to LOVE this book and here’s why.
To me this was not a mystery novel, because it was sooo obvious who the Ripper was. And that to me was very disappointing. I’m not sure if the fact that it was obvious was intentional, but I did not like that. The other thing I struggled with was how slow the story went basically the first three quarters of the book. I mean I was definitely engaged in the story, but mostly because I was fairly certain the ending would be worth it. And it totally was, but I was a little bored at the beginning. I had to give it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Overall it was a really fun book and I’m very excited to read the next books in the series!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads