While walking through the book store over two years ago, my attention was caught by the gorgeous front cover of this book written by Kerri Maniscalco. A quick look at the book summery on the dust jacket and I was hooked. Next thing I know, I’m showing my husband and he’s feeding my addiction by insisting I get the box set. There are four books total in the Stalking Jack The Ripper series with a novella called Becoming The Dark Prince: A Stalking Jack The Ripper Novella. I don’t have that one yet, but will probably have soon after I finish the last book. I’m on a bit over half way through the third book at the moment for anyone that’s interested. But now it’s time for the Stalking Jack The Ripper book review.
Horror Fiction and mystery.
There are some rather disturbing images and descriptions in this book. If you know anything about the actual Jack the ripper murders you’re about to read about them in detail if you read this book. The author takes great pains to describe many unpleasant things in this book and series in general. if you’re of the faint of heart I’d suggest skipping this series.
Stalking Jack The Ripper Summary
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is the seventeen year old daughter of a lord in 1888, Victorian England. She has every privilege that one might expect of the wealthy upper-class in that time. She wears silk dresses and goes to social engagements. However, unknown to her stern, sickness paranoid, father and the rest of society. Audrey is studying forensic medicine under her uncle’s watchful eye.
When Audrey and her new friend Thomas begin work on a string of nightmarishly killed corpses, she is pulled into the investigation of a serial killer. The more she searches for clues the more Audrey realizes that the Ripper might be closer than she thinks.
My Stalking Jack The Ripper review
Audrey is very a forward thinker for a modern girl, let alone one in the Victorian Era. She has been working with her Uncle, a renowned forensic scientist, as an apprentice in secret. Audrey is hoping that if she can do well enough he’ll let her attend his classes. She must attend dressed as a young man since the school doesn’t allow girls. There she meets Thomas Cresswell, an extremely intelligent and observant young man who realizes almost immediately that she is indeed a she.
The two of them develop a partnership as her uncles best apprentices. Thomas seems egotistical at times. He feels he is the most attractive man he knows and the smartest as well. I felt like this attitude it partially a shield, much like his sometimes dark, but always present, sense of humor.
Thomas takes to making inappropriate comments to Audrey. But is consistent about how much he likes her. Audrey takes these instances as Thomas making jokes. But as the reader, I was quite convinced that he indeed was falling for her.
Through out the book there are grisly crime scenes and autopsies written in perfect detail. You even take an utterly horrific trip to the mad house that nightmares were made of, Bedlam. This book is a fun combination of horror, romance, and mystery. There are plenty of twists, turns, and relationships that I didn’t touch on in this review because it really is better to read it.
A pleasant addition to this book are the real period photos that are both beautiful and disturbing, depending on their subject matter.
WHERE TO GET Stalking Jack The Ripper
Here is the book on Amazon: Stalking Jack The Ripper
I have only put that link because it has options for the audiobook, kindle, hardcover, and soft cover.
You might be able to find it at your local library or request it. Just go to the circulation or check out desk and ask for a book request form. (That’s how my library works with requests any way) Bear in mind that you’ll probably be waiting a while if you do a request form.
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