TITLE: Stalking Jack the Ripper
AUTHOR: Kerri Maniscalco
SERIES: Stalking Jack the Ripper
GENRES: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
PUBLISHED: September 5th 2017
PUBLISHER: Jimmy Patterson
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 #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
WHAT I THINK
A devious smile lifted the corners of his mouth. “Tell me something, Wadsworth. Why is it you wriggle in your seat when we were in your parlor, though your aunt was upstairs?” He moved closer, tentatively trailing a finger down my cheek. “Yet you follow me in the dead of the night, with no hope of a chaperone to intervene should I try stealing a kiss?”
Stalking Jack the Ripper is a retelling, kind of, of Jack the Ripper. We follow the life of Audrey Rose who is currently an apprentice of her uncle, she makes autopsies with him. And that is not acceptable for a woman and his father does not approve that. Her mother has passed away and it’s just Audrey Rose, her father, brother and Uncle.
She starts to investigate the murders of all the women and finds out that some of them have connections to her own family. Soon her uncle gets arrested, thought to be the murderer and she and Thomas, another apprentice of her uncle’s, start to push even harder with the investigation.
Is her uncle truly the Ripper or is it someone else? What’s going to happen to Audrey Rose?
First of all I just want to say that look at that cover! It’s so beautiful and catching. I can definitely think this as a cover buy, were it the way that I wouldn’t have known nothing about this book.
Second, let’s get into this book, the story and the characters! Stalking Jack the Ripper definitely lives up to all the hype it’s been getting and Kerri Maniscalco has done some great research about the Ripper case.
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat during the whole book. It says at the back “I was the girl who lover the Ripper.” and honestly? I really thought that from the start I knew who the Ripper is and at every turn of events I kept thinking “could it be that it actually isn’t that person?”. Kerri truly has made sure that you won’t know anything and it will be really hard to identify the Ripper!
At first I was a bit wary about this book and kept thinking “what is the point of reading this since it tells you the answer at the back of the book?”. But oh how wrong I was, or maybe my brain is just too simple to think anything else. Never mind, this was some true mystery and I really enjoyed it. My brain really had to work through the book and try to think who’s behind all this. And the ending got me by surprise, truly.
I loved all the characters. They all were so different and it was easy to get to know each and everyone of them. Everyone fitted to the year 1888 and acted the way they were supposed to act at that time.
I especially fell in love with Audrey Rose and Thomas. I think that I liked Audrey Rose even more because of how rebellious she was. I mean how she kept pursuing her dreams to learn medicine with her uncle even though it wasn’t suitable for a woman at that time. How she didn’t really care about the normals of women and men. And Thomas, oh how I love him and his devious personality. He was just great! He was a gentleman even though he did keep teasing Audrey Rose.
The relationship between them felt real, something that kept developing quite naturally. Not an insta-love, which usually happens in YA.
All in all this is one great story and I can’t wait to get my hands on Hunting Prince Dracula!
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