I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published by Jimmy Patterson on September 20th, 2016
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
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.
Audrey is such a sassy independent woman. Half Indian and English. Sometimes her snobbery gets the best of her. Also she doesn’t stop mentioning how independent she can be, gets a tad annoying. And she ends up sounding condescending. I also find her very reckless. I kind of felt like I was following her trials to be this modern day independent woman than the whole mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper instead. And then there’s Thomas Cresswell who is an infuriating insufferable know-it-all. I couldn’t stand him. There was not a whole lot for me to like with any of the characters and that made my reading experience a bit uncomfortable.
There was hardly any plot either. The day-to-day rebellings of Audrey and her stolen glances at Thomas made up most of the book. The murders were shockingly detailed and I did feel faint at one point. I also have to say kudos for adding in photos that scared me only because I was reading at night and I was not expecting to see a man with leprosy or you know a dead body. I’m not sure which parts were real about Jack the Ripper, but I’m sure the Kerri Maniscalco used her research wisely.
*shrugs* I thought I was going to go down the rabbit hole and turn up in one of the greatest retellings, but I was sadly mistaken. It wasn’t the greatest mystery as to who the villain was, and the writing was decent. But I just felt so torn between Audrey’s need for independence, her romance with the most annoying man ever and her need to solve the Jack the Ripper case. Also I didn’t know this was from James Patterson’s YA imprint, guess he wants in on the YA popularity that’s exploding. I have to mention that this cover is white-washed. She’s described as being bi-racial, but it doesn’t show on the cover. At least make your characters on the cover as the same in the story. There’s no reason to white wash at all.
Audrey: “Oh? Where in a medical dictionary does it say a woman cannot handle such things? What is a man’s soul made of that a woman’s is not? I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours were filled with steel and steam-driven parts.”