Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
by Kerri Maniscalco
Published by Little Brown
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Horror, Young Adult Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
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This #1 New York Times bestseller and 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.
Full disclosure: I had tried to read Stalking Jack the Ripper a while back but I could never get into it so I put it in my 2nd chance list. I just started a part time job, that leads to a lot of wasted time so I decided to give the book another try and so I listened to the audiobook while at work and I was finally hooked!!!
I just couldn’t not love Audrey Rose and Thomas. Even though, as the title hints, this takes place in the olden times, Audrey Rose and Thomas are not conforming to what society expects of them. Audrey Rose is headstrong and wants to study forensic science. Thomas is prickly as hell and oh so bold when it comes to
his feelings towards Audrey Rose. The banter between them was so fun and hilarious at times.
As the murders start, Audrey Rose’s uncle is the one that examines the bodies and of course, both Audrey Rose and Thomas are there for the examinations. Pretty soon, Audrey Rose starts to see some commonalities between the victims, they all had a connection to her family. That’s when she and Thomas go rogue and start an investigation of their own. Especially after uncle Jonathan is arrested as a suspect. With all of their leads and presumptions, Audrey Rose is convinced that her dad was the murderer.
Although Audrey Rose’s suspicions were wrong, unfortunately they weren’t too far off the mark. When Thomas and Audrey Rose were ready to confront her dad about being the murderer, Thomas is held up running an errand for uncle Jonathan and she gets too impatient and decides to go ahead alone.
The story flow follows every other suspense/mystery book out there. We follow the main character as the investigation develops and we think we know who done it but get that curve thrown at the end. Most of the time from the least expected person. The flow of the story might be one that has been done a thousand times but I still enjoyed the suspense of it all. The relationship between Thomas and Audrey Rose gave me so many feels too so I definitely want to know what happens when they go to Romania!