*I read an ARC of this book for review
I would recommend this book for ages fourteen and up.
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. (Goodreads)
I really struggled with this book and ended up picking it up and putting it down three times before I finished it. Stalking Jack The Ripper has been receiving countless rave reviews which is why I continued to pick it back up. In the end, it just wasn’t for me. In my mind, I split this book into four separate parts. I enjoyed the second and fourth parts of it.
I tried to figure out what exactly ended up being the reason I couldn’t get into Stalking Jack the Ripper and I think it came down to the characters. There were only about six recurring characters and I liked one of them. I really tried to connect to the two main characters but they really bothered me. We have Audrey Rose, who another reviewer, Wendy Darling, described as a 21st century girl transported back in time. While I loved how confident and capable she was in everything it seemed a little forced. It would have been enough just having a girl in that time period apprenticing with her uncle in forensic medicine. The other main character, Thomas, bothered me even more. There is a possibility that I just had really high expectations of his character because everyone has been talking about how wonderful he is. Unfortunately, to me he came off as arrogant and mean. I couldn’t understand how Audrey Rose fell in love with him. I mentioned earlier that there are very few main characters in this book which made guessing who the killer was a little too easy. The reveal of ‘Jack the Ripper’ also fell into a trope that I’ve been reading a lot of recently.
With all of that said, I really enjoyed Kerri Maniscalco’s writing style. She also was amazing at world building. Her descriptions of 19th century England and Audrey Rose working with her Uncle were the highlights of this book. In the end, I’m very conflicted about Stalking Jack The Ripper. While I had a lot of problems with it, I still enjoyed about half of the book. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the series yet or not.
Violence: 4.5/5 Stars Stars: 3/5
Language: 0.5/5 Stars Pages: 336
Romance: 2/5 Stars Buy Book here: Amazon