Stalking Jack The Ripper
(Stalking Jack The Ripper #1)
Genre: #YA #Historical #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Horror #Romance
My Rating: 3.5
Publication: September 20th 2016
Read: January 30th 2018
POV: First-person single perspective
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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.
This was such an enjoyable read! Kerri Maniscalco created an intriguing and believable story about the Jack the Ripper murders. Though I enjoyed this book I had some issues with it that prevented me from giving it a higher rating.
The writing was good but I felt it was quite repetitive at times. Audrey Rose told us at least a million times about how often she was blushing. It got annoying after a while. There were other instances where the same thing was just repeated over and over. Also the analogies in the book were a bit too long which caused them to lose their meaning. Other than that the author’s writing style flowed well and was easy to follow.
Audrey Rose is pretty annoying. She claims she’s hardened and fully capable of handling herself but she is always outshined by Thomas and she appears quite weak in many instances. It was hard to believe anything she claimed about herself. She was a very contradicting character. For someone who is supposed to be very smart she appeared dim and oblivious so often that she lost her appeal.
Thomas is a swoon-worthy character. He is smart, handsome, and quite silver-tongued. I did enjoy his character but I have to admit he was a bit familiar. Thomas was an imitation of Will Herondale (the ultimate YA heartthrob). It was not a bad imitation, more like a love letter to Will, but still I could not help notice how often the similarities between the two would pop up. No one can be Will Herondale, but Thomas sure does a good job of trying.
The thing about this book was that the answer to “who is Jack the Ripper” was very obvious and I guessed it from the start of the book. There really was no air of mystery surrounding the killer. That being said I am very interested to continue on in the series considering how this book ended. I wonder what awaits Thomas and Audrey Rose on their next adventure.
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