Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Historical
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: 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.
i know, i know. i should’ve reviewed this book forever ago. i’ve since read hunting prince dracula but i promise this review will be spoiler free for both books. however, i must mention that i definitely preferred prince dracula over jack the ripper. (the story was better written and didn’t drag as much).
i really liked the extensive use of medical/scientific terminology. obviously a lot of research went into writing this book, and for that i’m grateful. so many authors decide to wing it or make up random information just to make it fit the story. but not with stalking jack the ripper. it was very science heavy, which i must admit got a little confusing at times. not that that’s a bad thing.
one thing i disliked was the romance. it felt forced. i wasn’t thomas cresswell’s biggest fan, which really didn’t help. he was an average character. nothing really set him apart from every other YA love interest. audrey rose wasn’t anything special either.
like pretty much everyone else, i guessed who jack the ripper was from fairly early on. there were moments when i was thinking “maybe i’m wrong and it’s actually so and so”, but i always came back to the same character.
what i enjoyed most about stalking jack the ripper, aside from jack the ripper, is the writing style. the words flowed so naturally. kerri maniscalco had no problem setting the scene – her research into the victorian society really paid off!
thanks again to hachette for providing me with a review copy.