Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is the first book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. This review will be spoiler-free.
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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Haunting. Dangerous. Dark. Captivating. A thriller that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
From the moment I heard about this book, it was at the top of my TBR. Something about the concept of the book really intrigued me. I find serial killer fascinating. Terrifying, but also fascinating. Jack the Ripper is one of the most infamous serial killers to ever live.
This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. I had such high expectations for this book and I was not let down. I was completely absorbed in this book as I read it. I couldn’t focus on anything else.
Audrey Rose. Thomas. Dr. Wadsworth. Nathaniel. Lord Wadsworth. Superintendent Blackburn. Jack the Ripper. This book had so many diverse, complex characters. Each character had their own personality and traits. They felt real. I had no doubts about their existence. I heard their words and saw their actions play out like a movie.
The relationships between each set of characters really drew me in. It wasn’t just about Audrey Rose and her relationships with everyone. Thomas and Dr. Wadsworth had their own relationship that revealed itself throughout the course of the novel. Dr. Wadsworth and Lord Wadsworth were brothers, but it didn’t stop there. There was depth to each relationship. Each set had its own secrets and moments.
The twists and turns kept me guessing. I had so many theories about this book and I am excited to say that I guess the correct killer before it was revealed. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I flew through its pages.
The writing was beautiful. From the pacing to the word choice, this book was written by someone who really knew what they were doing. There was no moment that I was lost or pulled out of the story. When I finally put it down, I had to completely readjust to living in the 21st century.
A high-stakes plot teamed up with stunning writing to create a book that made it onto my all-time favorites list. I do not have a single bad word to say about this book. I loved every single second of it.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.