Dear Rebellious Readers,
It is time for another This Rebel Reviews and today I am talking Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I am a mystery lover and HUGE true crime fan. Jack the Ripper has always fascinated me. The first time I read this book I DNFed it but I did try reading it at a bad time in my life so I decided to get it another shot. I am so happy I did.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Young Adult Historical Mystery Romance
Published September 20th 2016
Book one in Stalking Jack the Ripper series
summary from Goodreads:
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.
This Rebel Reviews
I am so happy I gave the book another try. I tried it a few years ago and hated it and DNFed it but I was not in a good place at the time and when my bookstabestie Mary @aparanormalromance recommended I retry it I agreed too. I loved all the amazing and most times creepy black and white pictures in this book from a doctor cutting into a body to a picture of afternoon tea. I loved catching a glimpse into this period in history and it added something special and unique to the book. I really love the heroine Audrey. She is unique and flaunts societies stereotypes about women of that time period because of her love of science and forensics. I myself have never been stereotypical and always been interested in things my classmates/peers weren’t so I really connected with her character. The first time I meet the hero Thomas I was worried he was going to be a Sherlock Holmes knock off but his character evolved and became so much more. I fell for his character so hard. His acceptance of Audrey and his support of her was so swoon-worthy. I loved how he sees her as his equal and partner in crime.
For me, the mystery was too easy to solve. I solved it in terms of the killer within 100 pages. DO NOT READ THE BACK OF THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT GIVES THE KILLER AWAY. It might have been one of the reasons I solved it so fast but don’t think so. Also, the pull quote from school library connections review gives away the reason the killer kills. I wouldn’t have figured it out without that stupid review quote. While I can find fault with the mystery the romance, on the other hand, I am totally obsessed with Audrey and Thomas and will go down with this ship. They have such a strong connection and I believe they are soulmates and belong together. I can’t get enough scenes with them together. I really loved Audrey’s cousin Liza and wish she was in the book more but I have hopes of seeing her in future books. I have always been fascinated with Jack the Ripper and serial killers and mysteries in general and I did enjoy the author’s twist on the mystery and why she had Jack kill the victims. I did learn some facts I didn’t know about the case as well. The author tells what was fact and what was fiction in a footnote at the back. If you love danger with a dash of romance like Liza I highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to continue on with the series and I am so happy I gave it another try.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Yours in Rebellion, Nicole the Reading Rebel