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Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


Ok, I got into the hype, this book was really cheap on Bookdepository, and I bought it. I didn’t expect much from it, I mean, look at that cover, it was so stereotypical, the typical “Victorian lady holding a knife” cover. I expected to hate it. But I was wrong.

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 #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

Ok, don’t let this synopsis fool you. This isn’t like Miss Peregrine, it doesn’t have THAT many photos in it, and they aren’t really gruesome, only one could pass as that. So don’t think you found the next best thing from Miss Peregrine until book 4 comes out, because they are NOT comparable style wise!

Now, as to the story. I’m not going to lie, I really did NOT like this book the first 50 pages. I hated Audrey Rose. Absolutely hated her. Why? Because she is the typical: “I’m not like other girls” girl. But at the same time she isn’t. She is hugely feminist which is fun and really great, but I felt it was really overdone in the first 50 pages. Honestly, I’m the biggest feminist on the block, but I don’t like it to be stuffed in my face like that, not in the first 50 pages of a book. But after that it just seems natural, she reacts the same way as I would on MOST occasions (there are some occasions where I felt like it wasn’t necessary how she treated some people but then again, she is SEVENTEEN. She’s a child. A baby. She’s allowed to act like one!).  But then came her interactions with her cousin Liza, and I realised she’s a genuine feminist who doesn’t hate women for enjoying tea parties instead of cutting up corpses like she does. She loves her fashion, she loves her occupation. She’s great. After the first 50 pages, I got addicted. And I have no idea why! I kept reading and reading and reading and I just suddenly read 160 pages in one go, and this is a BIG paperback.

I really loved the characters, they are really well thought out, and felt like true human beings and not just characters. Everyone felt like that, the side characters, the main characters, everyone, and not a lot of books feel the same way. Their emotions were real and you feel the same way as they do. And I actually started to love Audrey Rose.

Speaking of love, excuse me, but can we just swoon over Thomas? I remember saying in my Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag that I don’t have crushes but HOT DAMN SON, I love Thomas, he’s my fav. He’s my babe. I love him. He’s great. And an asshole.  He’s adorable.

I think my main issue with this book was the synopsis that was on the back of my book. It stated that she was the person who loved Jack the Ripper, and it really annoyed me, because I thought it was giving away the whole plot of the story. Why would you do that?! Why would give away the whole plot on the back?! It really made me annoyed enough to not enjoy the first 50ish pages, but it fully redeemed itself.

And as to the mystery, folks, I got fooled. Yes, me, the one who reads about 40 mystery novels a year and solves most of them in the first 100 pages, got fooled. I did not see the ending coming. I just didn’t. I’m an idiot. I just didn’t see it coming!!!! I was with Audrey Rose all the way. Whenever she felt biased towards someone, I felt the same way. If she found evidence contradicting her findings, I felt the same way. She fooled me!! This 17 year old character fooled me!!! I love it.

Honestly, I just finished the book 30 minutes ago, and I’m going to order the second one today or tomorrow (it’s currently 11 pm, so we’ll see when I will! ;)) and I’m hooked.

I really, really, really enjoyed it. It isn’t gruesome, the romance is INCREDIBLY cute (which is coming from someone who doesn’t like romance in books) and the mystery is magnificent. I love it. Read it.

I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads, and you can get your copy here!

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