Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
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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.
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.
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.
Jack the Ripper (SPOILERS ARE FOLLOWING ON WHO JACK IS)
View Spoiler »I know I said I wouldn’t use spoilers in this review, but I had to talk a bit about who I suspected Jack the Ripper to be and how my opinions changed throughout the book. The very first person I suspected of being Jack was Thomas, Audrey’s very intelligent colleague. He could have easily been Jack, but throughout the book I started to love him more and more and it was becoming clear that he wasn’t our killer. I was also really hoping that Kerri wouldn’t pull the good old plot twist and make him Jack in the end, because that would have broken my heart. Luckily that didn’t happen.
For some time I also suspected Audrey’s father. But for me it became very clear that it wasn’t him who was killing all of these women. I just felt like his mental state wasn’t good enough to come up with all these plots and hide his murders so well. Then I started to suspect Blackburn, the Scotland Yard officer, but he didn’t feel important enough to the story to actually be Jack the Ripper.
But who did I never suspect until the final 20 pages of the book? Audrey’s brother Nathaniel. Oh dear did I not see that plot twist coming. Nathaniel was always kind of there, but was never really important and I didn’t really find him intelligent enough to think him the murderer. Clearly Audrey was thinking the same thing. It was kind of sad to see how insane he had gotten and that he started to kill the women to revive their mother. « Hide Spoiler
“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.”