Stalking Jack the Ripper. Kerri Maniscalco. Historical fiction/Young adult/Mystery. 2016. 326 pages. 3.5 stars.
There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.
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.
Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.
I’ve been eyeing this series for a while, and I’m really proud of myself for finally having crossed this off my TBR! Stalking Jack the Ripper is perfect for lovers of murder mysteries especially since this is based off of actual history.
Off the bat, Audrey Rose was likable enough. I wasn’t really into her. I wasn’t head over heels for her as a main character mainly because she felt like she was too good for everybody. This is a personal interpretation of the character, but yes, I wasn’t 100% all in for her.
Same goes for Thomas Cresswell. I know everybody loves him, and I do, too! However, he was too smart to the point of being unrealistic. Honestly, who can deduce that much information just from seeing dirt on someone’s fingers? Apparently, it’s Thomas Cresswell. Other than this unrealistic detective skills, I absolutely loved him. He was flirty, snarky, and sarcastic enough to make it to my favorite book boys because I love me some broody fictional boys.
As for the plot, it was engrossing (haha, the pun). The nature of the story is dark and somewhat gothic. If you can’t handle a lot of gore, I would advise rethinking your choice of reading this one. I admit that even I, gore lover, had to skim some parts because it was described so precisely that I could vividly see and smell the scene. Not exactly the kind of thing you want to envision.
The reason for my rather mediocre rating is because of the predictability of the ending. I knew who the killer was from the very beginning. Maybe it’s because I’ve read too many murder mysteries to be able to pinpoint who the killer is before the big reveal, but I always look for that wow factor in thrillers. I didn’t find that here. I still enjoyed the book and can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!