Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Date of Publication: September 20, 2016
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 debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
This book had me from the very first line. Audrey doesn’t like the way society views women, and instead of sitting around and drinking tea all day she would rather hang out with her uncle and help him discover better ways to help save lives. In this she has to deal with working with dead bodies. The bodies start to become quite worse when a madman is on the loose tearing apart prostitute’s bodies and taking from them what he desires. A determined girl and a frustrating boy begin a hunt to find this viscous creature of the night.
I absolutely loved this story, and at times I forget that it is not just a story but actual events that did occur, and it is maddening that someone could have actually done the things to these poor ladies that Jack did.
I have always been interested in the Jack the Ripper story and have done research papers and saw the movie From Hell. I think it is so fascinating because the crime was never solved and even today there are so many theories on who he actually was.
In the story Audrey is one of my favorite characters to date. She just seems so real and she is strong and willing to stand up for herself, and Kerri didn’t make her into an annoying feminist that is trying to hard but an actual woman that most girls should look up to despite the horrendous events that occur and surround her.
Thomas is the boy that helps and frustrates Audrey, but she can’t help being attracted to everything about him. She meets him through her uncle and he is smart and determined and together they make the perfect team, and I loved them so much.
When Audrey’s uncle gets accused of being Jack she becomes even more anxious to discover the killer to prove her uncle’s innocence. Things become more intense than they already were.
This was a spectacular YA mystery/thriller. I was addicted to every scene up unto the very end and apparently there will be more books in the series which I can’t wait to read.
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