TITLE: Stalking Jack The Ripper
AUTHOR: Kerri Maniscalco
CONTENT WARNING: constant autopsies, murder, bodies being pulled apart, human parts being used experimentally
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS: HachetteNZ sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review
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.
Wow wow wow, i get what the hype is about. A love interest that fosters the interests of the main character? A main character who wants to do good in the world, and a unveiling that some might not have even guessed? This was such a fun ride
Stalking Jack The ripper follows Audrey rose as she secretly apprentices under her uncle, learning how to discect the human body. But at the same time, terrible murders are occurring and Jack the Ripper has come out in London to play. Mix in a love interest, and the historical setting and you’re in for a beautifully gothic ride.
My favourite part of this novel had to be the characters, they were life like, and had their own ticks and wants and that made them feel like people you might know. From Audrey and her temper, to Thomas and his nervous movements it wa S always interesting to turn the page and learn more about one of the characters.
The plot had no glaringly obvious holes, and i found myself constantly having to turn the page and continue once i got past the 150 mark and I devoured the last of the book in three hours. It was well written for a debut, and while i found repeated phrases and such, it was never enough to really irritate or drag me away from the writing
The romance in this book was in my opinion, great. But that’s because I’m a sucker for a romance that starts with constant flirtation and takes longer than one book to become a big part of the story. The romance never over took from their sleuthing for Jack, and it was always a back burner thing though Thomas constantly flirted with Audrey. I will admit, it is insta lovey, however, that didn’t really bother me personally.
Overall this was decently well written, it was a lot of fun and while I saw the plot twist coming, that didn’t remove from my enjoyment of the novel.
Thank you to HachetteNZ for sending me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review,
Until next time,