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Stalking Jack the Ripper ♦ Kerri Maniscalco | Review

A Riveting Victorian Thriller!

I recently completed reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, and I have to admit that it’s an intriguing and exciting book that had me gripped from start to finish. It’s definitely an exciting and fun novel, even though I didn’t quite get to the point where I could have given it a flawless 5-star review.

Stalking Jack the RipperStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published: 20. September 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Pages: 327
Genre: Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Shelve: Read 2023
Link to Goodreads
Rating:

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.


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Stalking Jack the Ripper ♦ Kerri Maniscalco

Opinion

Readers are masterfully transported to the gloomy and unsettling atmosphere of Victorian-era London by Kerri Maniscalco. It’s clear that the author done her research on the location and era from the vivid descriptions and meticulous attention to historical detail. The story is made even more suspenseful by the disturbing and depressing backdrop of the Whitechapel murders.

It’s always encouraging to witness a strong, independent female heroine like our protagonist Audrey Rose Wadsworth defy the social mores of her day. Her forensic scientific passion and unwavering commitment are admirable, and it’s easy to support her on her quest to solve the horrifying Jack the Ripper murders.

One of the book’s highlights is the relationship Audrey Rose has with her mysterious and funny colleague in crime solving, Thomas Cresswell. The plot gains depth from their teasing and developing connection, which offers both romantic and humorous components.

There are enough twists and turns in the well-paced plot to keep readers interested. But there were times when I wanted the mystery itself to be a little bit more intricate. The resolution could have been more complex and unexpected, even though the ending was rewarding.

CAWPILE
Characters
4
Atmosphere
5
Writing
4.5
Plot
4
Intrigue
4
Overall:

Conclusion

In closing, Stalking Jack the Ripper is a captivating historical thriller including a compelling romance subplot, a strong female lead, and a gorgeously atmospheric setting. A must-read for enthusiasts of historical fiction and exciting mysteries, it just missed my perfect 5-star rating due to some predictability in the mystery. I’m excited to see where Audrey Rose and Thomas’s travels will take them in the next installment in the series!

Stalking Jack the Ripper – The Series

Stalking Jack the Ripper (#1)Hunting Prince Dracula (#2)
Escaping from Houdini (#3)Becoming the Dark Prince (#3.5)
Capturing the Devil (#4)

About Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the forthcoming Kingdom of the Wicked.

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