Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
DISCLAIMER} Stalking Jack the Ripper is a Young Adult novel (ages: 13-18) However, if you are squeamish, don’t like talking about blood and guts, or your parents censor things you read, watch, etc. this book is not for you!
He murdered women in cold blood.
He terrorized an entire city.
He taunted those of us who hunted him down.
But despite all these horrors,
In the end, I could not deny it….
I was the girl who loved
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is the daughter of a nobleman, during victorian era London. But she doesn’t care about the frilly lifestyle of being a noble bred girl; she wants to be a woman of science, forensic science!
Audrey Rose secretly takes classes under her Uncle Jonathan, who owns his forensic lab. He is the most sought out forensic scientist by Scotland Yard when a murder breaks out.
Conveniently, women start showing up in his lab slashed open and an organ of specifics removed. During this process, Audrey Rose meets Uncle Jonathan’s assistant Thomas Cresswell who seems suspicious at first, could he be the killer?
When the two become faced without the guidance of Uncle Jonathan, they must discover who the serial killer is while finding their leads stopped before they get a piece of evidence from them.
Once the name of the killer is revealed to be Jack the Ripper, the pieces fall into their laps. Leaving Audrey Rose to discover the killer and his motives.
I gave this novel 4 stars on Goodreads!
Audrey Rose is my favorite female antagonist that I’ve read about up to this point in the year. There are so many qualities about her that are relatable.
1) She loves science
2) She is Indian and English
3) She is determined to get the result
Stalking Jack the Ripper is an excellent book that is apart of a full series, and instead of reviewing each book individually, I will do an overview of each book when I do a series review.
All the characters have distinct personalities and things that make them tick. My least favorite character is Audrey Rose’s father for the fact that he is not only an opium addict but he though in his own right tries to get her to a point where she can be a kept woman, he also is so bent on marrying her off to control her.
The book is a quality contribution to the progressive time we are in, and I enjoyed how much she used her strengths to get the job done. My only drawback is the constant comments about how she is not a well-behaved woman, when she already probably knows that, perhaps after the first time she is told that.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves murder mysteries, blood and guts, and historical fiction!