Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I’ve decided to change my style of reviewing up a little bit and shorten it down. I find that I prefer to read shorter reviews and tend to end up just skimming longer ones, so I figured that I should change my blog accordingly. I’m not sure how this will go as I’m not great at being concise but fingers crossed!

I saw this book floating around sometime last year and despite hearing good things about it, I didn’t find myself being really drawn to it. It’s only been in the last couple of months, with the release of the sequel Hunting Prince Dracula, that I really began to pay attention. People were raving about this and when I found both books on sale in my local bookstore I couldn’t resist!

Stalking Jack the Ripper takes place in 19th century England and follows the story of seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth who is extremely interested in forensic science. Despite the fact that cutting into cadavers is not seen as appropriate for a woman in society, Audrey Rose cannot quell her interest in the science and begins a somewhat secret apprenticeship underneath her Uncle. This exposes her to the horrifying crimes of Jack the Ripper and alongside her sarcastic, yet charming, classmate Thomas Cresswell, she invests herself in solving the terrifying murders. Audrey Rose is feisty and feminine, determined, smart, and flawed, and she is an intriguing and relatable protagonist. This story balancing violence and humour, chilling mystery and cheeky banter. It’s a refreshing read and I really loved reading about such a great female protagonist in a world that I haven’t delved into before. And while I had vague suspicions, I was still shocked and chilled by the end twist.

I highly recommend this and I am excited to see how I enjoy the second instalment of this series!

Cass x

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