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Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

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Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Historical YA Mystery/Crime/Suspense

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1

Amazon: Paper Back || Kindle

 


Synopsis:

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

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 dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.”

 


Review:

I’ll just throw it out there…

I AM IN LOVE.

For some reason (maybe the cover) I thought this would have elements of fantasy or the like. I was incredibly pleased to find out that it was simply historical fiction. As much as I love fantasy, I enjoyed being in the “real world” and following around a woman pursuing a “strange” profession (even in today’s world).

The main characters were witty, cunning, and fighting for what they believed was right. The twist at the end may come as a shock to many and I think that would make the story all the more exciting. I had predicted it about half way through and therefore was eagerly awaiting my prediction to be proved right.

Reason’s you should pick this up TODAY:

  1. Audrey Rose is a KICKBUTT female character. Not only is she pursuing forensic medicine, she isn’t afraid of a challenge. She’s also dedicated to her cause and let’s nothing hold her back, even society at the time…and she tries to play it as smart as she can.
  2. The topic of forensic medicine is fascinating. This story will not only make you more curious about the workings of forensic medicine then, but now! CSI is a hit show for a reason! (I also need to research Jack the Ripper too, FASCINATING.)
  3. THE WRITING IS GREAT! It is clear, creates visuals, and drives emotions. I was there with Audrey Rose the entire time. This wasn’t the type of world I got sucked into and then when moving through other books quickly forgot. This is one left a lasting impression.
  4. It isn’t overly saturated with a high powered romance although there is a slow burning (albeit obvious) one. I appreciated that.

 

This book is like CSI meets Ally Carter meets Olivia Twist!

(If you’ve read this book and haven’t read Olivia Twist….put that on your TBR pile!)

 

I read some reviews that pointed out that the main character was like a 21st century feminist dropped into 1888. I noticed that too, but quite frankly, it didn’t bother me. It was a little redundant in how often she had to discuss how she felt about being a woman in society and her role and the unfairness of it all…but for me it didn’t take away from the story.


Caution:

  • Some scenes describe the bodies’ condition in depth and it isn’t always pleasant, if you don’t have the stomach to read about a body in decay after a horrific murder, it may not be the book for you.
  • She’s the daughter of a drug addict who is absent in her life, there is no physical and very little mental/emotional abuse shown between them other than his restricting her from pursuing her dreams.
  • There are scenes of people finding dead bodies in alleyways and of people almost becoming the bodies in the alleyway, mugged, or sexually assaulted.

 

 

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