Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri ManiscalcoTitle: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

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

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Review

As Halloween is drawing near, I thought Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco would be the perfect festive read. It is is a little bit out of my comfort zone since I don’t typically read scary books, but I found myself loving the thrilling plot and the intelligent main character. The writing style is perfect for the genre, and I would definitely recommend this one, even to those who aren’t big fans of horror, like myself.

This book tells the story of a girl who is determined to solve the Jack the Ripper murders, contrary to society’s expectations for her. I found the forensic science aspects so interesting, and I loved reading about the historical techniques used to try and catch a killer. No aspect of the investigation process is omitted, but I didn’t find the plot to be too slow because of this. Ultimately, this story is fresh and will keep the reader on the edge of their seat as Audrey Rose and Thomas get closer and closer to solving the case.

Audrey Rose is such an incredible main character, and I couldn’t get enough of her. She isn’t afraid to defy her father and go against her role in society, and she is so brave. I adored how she is the kind of girl who enjoys both wearing a dress and investigating murders, although she does comment on this a bit too much throughout the book. Audrey Rose has an intelligent voice, and she is just the kind of character I wanted to root for.

I really enjoyed the way this book is written, and it enhances the reading experience. It combines fact with fiction in a way that is still historically accurate, and it is descriptive down to the last gory detail. I’m not normally a fan of horror or gore, but I didn’t find it to be overwhelming in this case. I found the story to be believable, and I am looking forward to reading other works by Kerri Maniscalco.

Stalking Jack the Ripper is a thrilling take on the Jack the Ripper murders. I enjoyed the gripping plot and the feminist main character. I am so excited to continue with this series and see what’s in store for Audrey Rose and Thomas!

About Kerri Maniscalco

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Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

20 thoughts on “Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

    • The Candid Cover says:

      I am forever adding books to my Kindle and forgetting about them. I hope that you love it as much as I do. It’s probably not quite as scary as some of your more recent reads. 😉

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    I really really enjoyed this book very much. I am not sure why I haven’t continued with the series, but I really need to!

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