Book REVIEW: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

 INFORMATION

imagesTitle:  Stalking Jack the Ripper
Series:  Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Author:  Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher:  Jimmy Patterson
Published:  September 2016
Language:  English
Format:  eBook
Pages:  320
ISBN:  9780316273505

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS

Genre: Historicla Fiction, Thriller/Mystery, NA.

Average Goodreads rating: 4.22

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.

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MY REVIEW

My Rating and General Opinion

4.5/4.75*

I’ll go ahead and say I really liked this book!! The theme, title and cover drove me in but what kept me in was the writing and the story in itself!!

The Writing

The writing is so especial, maybe not magical but it definitely has something that keeps you gripped. It those make you feel as if you were in Audrey Rose’s shoes walking the Victorian London streets and that gloomy alleys. The characters are brought alive with realness and it will keep you guessing as to who might be the real serial killer (and that’s a big plus for me).

The Story (beware of slight spoilery thoughts)

The story starts out slowly, slow but in a good way, describing the situation of Audrey’s life, family and everything that surrounds her, and what a story, what a family she has, poor girl… It doesn’t take long for Jack to start acting and for Audrey to start being suspicious about every single person that she meets and surrounds her (well almost every single person).
Then the story continues with its case more macabre than the last, and we get to really know our heroine and enjoy (if you can even use this word) her company and everything that goes inside her brain.
The last part of the book is so fast paced that things start to happen one after the other and it might confuse you, but if you were paying attention, the writer left a clue (or at least that my way of reading it) and due to this you might start feeling a bit exasperated about Audrey’s attitude. Then in a sudden turn, the story in itself entangles turning in some twisted moments, especially right at the end when Audrey finds the literal Hell. At this moment, and given the way she describes everything she is seeing, if you are anything like me, you’ll find every sort of thing going through you and your stomach could possibly twist! And you will finally find out the reason for all of the macabre killings.
Here’s where I had a bit of a problem with the story line and the reason for it not being a 5* book. It tried to go from Jack The Ripper into The Monster of Frankenstein, and I didn’t like this turn because I felt that it changed the atmosphere that so craftly brought you here. Although I understand it was necessary to explain the culprit’s motives.

The Characters

The characters, well what can I say, every single one of them is lovable in his own way. Yes even the father, I just understand him I see how the loss broke him.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a great female lead character for any story and even more given that this story took place during the Victorian era and women weren’t treated as they should have, only as decorative and organizing items. She reminded me of Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate Series because she was driven, independent and just spoke her mind.
Thomas Creswell is of course the eye candy, but not only that he is a very intelligent and tricky character with a lot of layers to him, and I wouldn’t have minded either having read this book in his point of view, doesn’t that sound promising too? He is such a mysterious and thrilling character that takes all of your attention in the best possible way. And the darkness that surrounds him is nothing but a plus to his playing personality.
Then we’ve got the colorful Wadsworth family composed by: Father, Nathan (the brother), Uncle, Aunt and cousin Liza. What a family may I add again, but a family without some drama wouldn’t be a family! I am not going to describe them just let you know that you’ll have some surprises with each of them along the way.
And the rest of appearances (real or spiritual ;)) that make this book what it is.

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Totally recommend this book to you!! A great historical fiction with some liberties but with this darkness and charismatic characters and writing that will captivate you and it will keep you gripped to your seats!!

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