Stalking Jack the Ripper
Series Number: 1
Published: 9/20/2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.02
ISBN: 031627349X

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

I have been wanting to read Stalking Jack the Ripper for quite some time now. That means two things: 1) When I saw it actually available at the library, I had no choice but to check it out; and 2) The suspense of actually getting to read it was built up to the point that it would either live up to the expectation and I'd love it... Or it wouldn't, and I'd be left with unadulterated hatred for all things Stalking Jack.

Thankfully, I was NOT disappointed!

Admittedly, I'm a sucker for a good Jack the Ripper story, but this one is a completely different type of telling and I absolutely loved it! From the very beginning, Stalking Jack the Ripper was a great (and somewhat disturbing) story! 

It starts out with the main character, Audrey, performing a questionably legal autopsy with her uncle. Audrey's uncle holds her future in his hands. Both her father and the rest of society are against her, as a woman, studying forensics. So her uncle is basically going behind his brother's back by teaching his niece to perform autopsies and interpret forensic clues. In order to continue her studies, she must both impress her uncle with her skill, and also keep his guilt at bay.

Audrey's rival, both in class and for her uncle's attention, is a boy named Thomas. Thomas is handsome, intelligent, irritating, and extremely arrogant. He's one of my favorite characters, mostly because of his similarities to Sherlock Holmes and I just kept picturing Benedict Cumberbatch...  Thomas isn't great at picking up social cues, but he has amazing deduction skills.

This was one of those mystery's where once I started reading, I couldn't put it down! There were just too many questions that needed answering for me to walk away. And every answer I got only led me to more questions. Plus, I loved Audrey's determination not to let society's expectations limit her ambitions. The end was a complete shocker and I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good Jack the Ripper story with a twist!

This Post Has One Comment

    Great review! This is a book that seems to be everywhere and beloved so I have been steering clear of it, but the plot sounds really interesting as you describe it. I am glad that you weren’t disappointed with the read.

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