Stalking Jack the Ripper
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐1/2
"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."
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is YA historical fiction/mystery and is the first installment in the series of the same name.
The disappointment is real with this one.
This was just not it, at all. From the plot to the characters, this was just a hot mess. This felt more like a drama or a romance than a mystery book to me. I was expecting the book to lean more into the forensic aspect, so when it didn't I felt kind of cheated because that was the main reason I picked this up. I would have been fine with that if the romance was any good but good would be the last word I would use to describe it. Audrey and Thomas by themselves were bad and even worse when together. I just don't think that Thomas had any redeemable qualities.
The lackluster plot was made even worse with the ending. I thought that the ending really downplayed how tragic and brutal the real crimes were and thought that it was kind of disrespectful. The crimes of Jack the Ripper were horrible and I don't think this book tackled the subject appropriately.
I will definitely not be picking up the rest of the series if what is in store for me is more of what happened in this.