Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper ReviewStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 326
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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 never pick up mystery novels, which is actually very strange, since I love shows like Sherlock, CSI, Bones etc. The reason why I bought this is because when I was in London, we stayed at the area where Jack the Ripper killed all his victims and there were tours and everything. I wanted to learn more about Jack the Ripper and his story and this felt like the right book to read. Besides that I also really love Victorian times, so that sold me as well. Let me say that I am SO glad I decided to buy this book. This review is spoiler free, so do not worry  if you haven’t read the book yet.


The Story

Like I said before, I never really read mystery novels, but what a shame that is. I could not put this book down. The story was so thrilling. As said in the synopsis, this book is about a girl named Audrey Rose, who is trying to find out who Jack the Ripper is. I couldn’t help but keep going over all the clues and cases myself, trying to find out who Jack is along with Audrey. I loved how incredibly smart both Audrey and Tomas (the guy who is helping her solve the case) were. Every time they came up with a new plot on who Jack could be and unravelled more clues, I was amazed by how people could notice such small details and figure everything out. It was almost like watching an episode of Sherlock.

The Characters

Audrey Rose is the main character in this novel. She is a seventeen year old girl and despite the fact that she is a woman in Victorian times who is basically a nothing to men, will not let them tell her what to do and how to act. She is her own person and keeps standing up for herself against people like her father and brother who just want her to be a proper lady and find a husband. I could very much relate to her, because I am all about the feminism and women standing up for themselves.

Thomas is her companion during the solving of the Jack the Ripper case. He is very arrogant, yet charming and one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever come across in literature. I know I already said it before, but he really reminded me of Sherlock from the BBC show. The way he took in every single detail about a person and knew all their secrets from doing just that was amazing to see. I actually didn’t find Thomas that arrogant, I honestly found him quite funny.



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