SPOILER FREE REVIEW!
Book one in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction
Target Audience: 13+ (contains violent scenes)
Rating: A+ (98%)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
There was a lot of hype around this book. I remember everyone claiming that it was amazing and perfect. It spiked my interest, you know? I have an obsession with the dark and creepy. I love crime, and what goes bump in the night. It intrigues me, so, it was only natural for this one to end up in my grasp. However, I was cautious, because if you get too wrapped up within the hype of a book, you’re bound to be disappointed — that was not the case with this one. This book was beyond exceptional, in my opinion. I loved every, single, moment of it.
I entered a little nervous – not because of the blood or the horror that was bound to be wrapped in these pages but because I just wanted to like it. I was scared it was going to be cliche, filled with overused tropes, but that wasn’t the case either. It led you on a thrilling mystery. One, that I unfortunately have to say that I predicted. I chose the murderer about a quarter of the way through the book, but that wasn’t because the author had made it obvious, but rather, the other characters were TOO obvious to get the blame. Hopefully that isn’t too much of a giveaway.
I love the foundation of the characters. The personalities so tightly bound around each person introduced. They never strayed from who they are in their actions or their words. Everything was perfect with characterisation. I honestly couldn’t find a fault with that, I mean how could anyone hate Audrey Rose? Especially paired with her charming partner in crime? What a marvellous duo!
I found everything, from the pace of the book, to the plot to be exceptional. Maybe I’m still too wrapped up in the love of this book and discovering what lurks in the pages and the relationships hiding behind every word, but this has rapidly ascended to a top favourite of mine. Anything and everything by Kerri Maniscalco is instantly worth the read. I will drop everything to see what she has created with the marvellous mind that is hers.
What an amazing twist on the dark, Jack the Ripper story. The second one is to be equally as exceptional. I have no doubt on that. Definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY, worth the read!! Please, please, please, pick this one up!
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 10/10
Enjoyment Factor: 10/10