Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Book 1)
Publication: jimmy patterson (September 20, 2016)

Description: Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

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.

My Thoughts: Audrey Rose Wadsworth is not at all typical of upper class young women in 1888. Her curiosity has led her to apprentice herself to her scientist uncle who is known for his experiments on cadavers. Audrey's father is not in favor of this activity. Had he not used laudanum and other opiates to blunt the grief he feels because of the death of his wife, he would have paid more attention to her other than forbidding and overprotecting her.

1888 was when Jack the Ripper was terrorizing London and the victims found their way to Audrey Rose's uncle's lab. She became determined to discover who the killer was. Her lab rival and potential love interest is Thomas Cresswell. She finds him, by turns, fascinating and vastly annoying. Together the two continue to investigate after Aubrey Rose's uncle is accused of being the Ripper, arrested and taken to Bedlam.

Aubrey Rose soon develops a pool of suspects including Thomas, the police inspector involved in the case, and ... her own father. I really enjoyed the Victorian setting and the creepy atmosphere of the story. The authentic Victorian photographs that were part of the story added to the creepy atmosphere. Descriptions of medical practice of the day added more layers of detail to an already detailed story - and to the creepiness too.

Fans of historical mysteries will enjoy this story.

Favorite Quote:
My hands fisted at my sides. I refused, absolutely refused to let this cruel treatment of a woman stand. I'd do everything in my power to solve this case for Miss Nichols. And for any other voiceless girl or woman society ignored.

Mother would've done the same.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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