Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

what was your reaction after reading the book?

i was pretty satisfied with what i got from this book.

“There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.”

this quote pretty much summarizes what I feel about this book. it has a little bit of everything – the thrill of chasing the bad guy, the mystery of knowing who that person is, then sprinkle that with a little bit of romance. just exactly how i like it.

while i liked this book, it is not perfect. it does have its misses but i thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

my bulleted thoughts on stalking jack the ripper:

• it took me a couple of months to finish this because i’m lazy not because it was a hard book to read. on the contrary, i actually found this book very easy to get into, but like i said, i was lazy so i didn’t finish it when i should.

• one of the first thoughts that occurred to me after finishing the book was how much i wished there was more blood. we all know the things jack the ripper did – they were not pretty. i wanted a little bit more than that. this book was narrated in audrey rose’s point of view, which i think was a good way to hide the gore from the readers. but like i said. i would have wanted more. don’t get me wrong though, this book had its moments where it will make you feel uncomfortable because of how graphic the author described the situation of the victims – i just wanted more. more action maybe.

• this book is a fictionalized version of the jack the ripper story which is also loosely based on history itself. the author have a note at the end of the book which enumerates which events she took as is from history and which ones she took the liberty of fictionalizing. i don’t want to burst anyone else’s bubble, but we don’t get the pov of jack the ripper at all. i would have preferred to, maybe, have certain chapters being narrated by him. that would have been cool. i dunno what that last statement tells you about me. lol.

• let’s talk about audrey rose. i really like her because of how full of life she is. she knows what she wants and is not afraid to defy society’s norms to get what she wants. there are times where i thought she was a little bit too headstrong for her own good. she got herself into trouble far too many times for her own good.

• which brings me to one of my problems with this book. i have a problem with some of the events being too convenient for audrey rose. there were certain instances that this was very apparent. the author could have made it a bit harder for her to figure things out or something and not hand everything to her on a silver platter.

• can i talk a little bit about thomas cresswell? all the reviews i’ve heard or read about has this in common – everyone loves cresswell. i am not different. i found him charming in a very different way than most guys in ya books. i love how he flirts with audrey rose, like seriously cute. lol. now i want my own thomas. if you happen to know someone like him, have him send me an email. *wink wink*

• i initially thought this book was going to be a solid 4 or 4.5 stars. sadly it wasn’t because i was extremely unsatisfied with the ending. was it surprisng? not really? i could smell who the purpetrator was from a mile away and that isn’t a good thing if you ask me.

• i thought the relationship and banter between audrey rose and thomas was pretty cute. thomas had his own way of swooning audrey rose, which in turn made me swoon a little bit too. he is adorable if you ask me.

Overall Thoughts:

it was good, but it wasn’t amazing. i liked how the author was able to take liberty in using historical facts merging it with fiction, yet the output being able to maintain believability with the story. the only huge qualm i have regarding this is mainly just the reveal of who jack the ripper was – it could have been someone else, someone who was less likely to be the one doing it

overall, i still managed to enjoy this book and would still recommend it.


things to note

1f6ad5bacf0d8780be58649cb3d77a64Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre / Themes: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Point of View: First Person
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Pages: 337

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.

love always

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

  1. Great review Sandee, I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my list, and I’m a bit disappointed that there isn’t Jack the Ripper’s point of view ahah!

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      1. Yeah, I totally get it though, I’m nitpicky about stuff like that as well, I’ll still give it a try but now I won’t be as disappointed so thank you! 😊


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