Review: ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ by Kerri Maniscalco

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Review: ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ by Kerri ManiscalcoStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published by Jimmy Patterson on September 20th, 2016
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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.

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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.

book quotes

If he weren’t so infuriatingly aware of his own intelligence, he’d be quite attractive, I supposed.
Nathaniel: “I worry about you seeing all that blood. Can’t be good for your fragile womanly temperament.”
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.”
I no longer saw the person she was in life. I only saw the shell left behind, and curiosity took hold in the worst of ways.
I dreamed of a day when girls could wear lace and makeup—or no makeup at all and don burlap sacks if they desired—to their chosen profession without it being deemed inappropriate.
Why must I either be docile and decent, or curious and wretched? I was a decent girl, even if I spent my spare time reading about science and dissecting the dead.
I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother said I could be. Just because I was a girl interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I needed to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?
If you’d like to see me out of my breeches, simply ask, Wadsworth. I’m more than happy to accommodate you on that front.
Surely boys are interested in proposing only to girls in lacy gowns. Why care about beauty and brains when they can have beauty over brains? Foolish creatures they are.
Why ever would a girl choose anything over beauty? A wife should abide by her husband in all matters. Let him do the thinking.
I didn’t mind the bodies as much as I feared the living, breathing creatures lurking about such a place.
Every male in my life felt it necessary to put chains on me, and I despised it.
It was such an unfair, cruel world for women. If you were a widow or your husband or family disowned you, there were avenues available for feeding one’s self. It hardly mattered if you were highborn or not. If you couldn’t rely on someone else’s money and shelter, you survived the only way you could.

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  1. Aila @ One Way Or An Author

    December 4, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one Giselle! I actually adored it and Aubrey’s character was definitely reckless, but also a vital part of her character development (the way I look at it anyways, haha). WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW SHE WAS BIRACIAL?? I don’t even remember that in the book.: :\ Hate to see that white-washing on the covers. Also, agreed that the mystery was soooo easy to see loool. Hope your next historical fiction is better!
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  2. Sophia Rose

    October 21, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Yes, it is hard to enjoy a book when the characters are annoying. I love Jack the Ripper tales so I might still read it, but I’ll lower my expectations.

    And pictures? Yeah, won’t be reading this at night. 🙂

    • giselle

      November 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

      Haha yeah don’t do what I did and read it at night. It really is hard to like a book when they’re annoying.

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