I’m so happy to be sharing my thoughts on Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco today. I learned about this book by so many bloggers. It is a very hyped up book and for all the right reasons, but I’ll get to that soon. When I vacationed in Vermont back in October we found the cutest little bookshop. My fiance said I could get any 1 book I wanted so I choose this one!
Stalking Jack the Ripper is set in 1888 England during Jack the Ripper’s murder spree. Audrey Rose, who is part of the wealthy class, but has a secret life she’s living. She studies forensic medicine. A job women are not supposed to have knowledge in. Then Audrey Rose begins investigating a string of murders of women by a man by the name of Jack the Ripper. Through twists and turns, this page-turning book is hard to put down.
There are so many great things about this book. As we follow Audrey Rose’s journey into finding herself in a society that sees her as an outcast. To be honest, I knew nothing about Jack the Ripper before reading this, and I really want to read more about him. Here is my review:
Things I Like:
This right here is the best part of this book! There is so much detail and elegance in Kerri’s writing. I felt as if I was walking around 1888 England, stalking the darkened streets and being ridiculed by society for being a woman. It was so amazing and wonderful to read such beautiful writing.
Audrey Rose and Thomas are great characters. Both of their personalities are unique and intriguing. They balance each other out through the progression of the story. There is a connection between the reader and the characters making it even easier to root for them as they try to solve the mystery if the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Speaking of mystery, this book is full of it. There is so many potential suspects throughout the book and you find yourself trying to guess who it is. Personally, I created solid reasons for particular characters to have done it. I did figure out who did it, but my reasoning why was a bit off. No matter. Each chapter has you questioning your own thinking as you uncover even crazier facts about the cases and characters.
Things I Don’t Like:
There are many times that I read through a few paragraphs, a character would say something, and I’d have to go back and reread. After that, I still had no idea what was going on. Maybe it was just me and I didn’t completely understand it. But it’s also possible that the use of 1880’s terms completely threw my understanding off.
I just wanted to know who did it! Is that too much to ask for?? I felt like I was being held over the edge of a cliff and everything just froze. For a while there was not a lot of motion in the book. This only drives me crazy because I am dying to know who Jack the Ripper is.
Overall, Stalking Jack the Ripper is a great look into historical England during the Jack the Ripper killings. Everything from the writing, to the characters, and the mystery all are amazing. Audrey Rose and Thomas have great chemistry as partners. And the twists and turns that the plot goes through really keep the book moving and have the reader questioning who did it. I did have a problem with how drawn out the book is with who did it, but the overall story is a page-turner. If you can get your hands on this book, I’d highly recommend that you do! I’ve already started begging for Hunting Prince Dracula for Christmas! I give Stalking Jack the Ripper…
Have you read this book? Are you a fan of historical fiction? Do you like Jack the Ripper or other serial killers (is that weirdly gory)? Let me know in the comments below!
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