Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

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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 debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

I am not a James Patterson reader, but I saw a lot of talk of this book, and it sounded like a fun read.

There were definitely some holes in this story, some obviousness in the dynamic between the main character and her love interest, and some overly blatant talk of how Audrey Rose could be both smart and beautiful- a great message, but I didn’t need it repeated to me in exactly those words numerous times. I also didn’t think the period photos really added all that much to the story.

Even with those obviously flaws, I couldn’t put this book down. It was dark and creepy,the MC was a great role model and so much fun, Thomas – the other lab tech – is full of snark, and the story was fast paced and constantly throwing new questions into the mix.

I did have an issue with who our culprit turned out to be. It seemed too out of the blue, and I’m not sure I buy into it beyond the shock factor. The motive that was devised though was utterly creepy and horefying. 

Overall it was a very fun read, a good take on a historical cases, and full of strong smart characters. I certainly plan on continuing the series and hope that the books mature a bit with Maniscalcos continued  writing.

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