STALKING JACK THE RIPPER SPOILER FREE REVIEW | The time has finally come!

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

TITLE: Stalking Jack The Ripper

AUTHOR: Kerri Maniscalco

SERIES: Stalking Jack The Ripper, #1

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Mystery, Young Adult

PUBLICATION DATE: September 20th 2016

ACQUIRED: Bought

SYNOPSIS: 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.

Related imageAgainst 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.


book 1 | book 2 | book 3 [LINKS]

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I love this book. If you’ve been following my blog at all this year then you probably already know that. Book two is definitely my favourite (so far) in the series but I love this one all the same. This was Kerri Maniscalco’s debut novel and wow, for a first novel it’s pretty fantastic.

“Death was not prejudiced by mortal things such as station or gender. It came for kings and queens and prostitutes alike, often leaving the living with regrets.”

HIGH POINTS

This is definitely not the best book on the planet, but it’s fun, it’s exciting and I love it. Also, it’s a debut novel so give the author credit where it’s due. Aka. here. It’s a fun mystery with cool characters, a great love interest and fun story backgrounds! In book one we have the classic mystery background of London, in book 2 we visit Romania and in book 3 we get to go to NY and visit the circus. It’s kind of amazing and I love it. Maniscalco really knows how to write an enthralling background location.

What I think so many people love about the series, and what I also love about it, is the romance! It’s definitely a high point f the series for me! The love interest (not a spoiler!) is not your typical a**hole YA hero. When you’re first introduced to him he comes across as pretty coldhearted but as you continue to read the book (and the series) he unravels his outward persona a bit more and we see that he’s actually quite different. He’s a feminist and actually does have a heart. It’s wonderful to see. Instead of pushing Audrey Rose aside, he lets her step forward he lets her save the day.

“There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.”

LOW POINTS

Aside from the issue of Audrey Rose’s heritage (it’s mentioned once and basically never brought up again), for me, there are only two big and notable downsides to this book. Feminism and the mystery.

  • Feminism

This is dealt with much better in the second book but for now, we’re just going to talk about the first book! Audrey Rose is a cool and quick thinking character and I love her for that but she also thinks she’s somewhat of a special snowflake just because she does autopsies and not many other women are fond of the idea. She seems to think that just because she doesn’t want to get married, she can judge the women around her who do. She is incredibly unforgiving towards pretty much all other women in the novel and never really seems to grow out of her way of thinking, so until the second book there’s no real development on that front.

You can read more about these two points here in Elise’s review.

  • The Mystery

This is something I’ve never really had much trouble with, aside from my inability to never guess a plot twist or who the murder is! But, I do know that others have guessed who Jack The Ripper is within the first few chapters. So, while it wasn’t a big issue for me, I did want to just point it out for anyone who frequently reads mysteries. That being said, it’s the general consensus that the mystery in book 2 is much better!

“Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.”

I don’t have much else to say other than that I loved the experience of reading this book and I’ve definitely re-read it a couple of times since my first reading. I really enjoy all the characters and I adore the backdrop of London for this gloomy mystery.

It’s a totally ridiculous thing for me to add here, but I will definitely be continuing this series. I’ve already read (and re-read) book 2 three times this year (I kind of love it a lot) and I am highly anticipating book 3 this week!

I totally recommend this if you love the banter and vibe from the Sherlock and Watson characters. Audrey Rose and Thomas are totally suave and have A++ banter, it’s a large part of why I love this series and what I think a lot of people also love about the characters!

TW: Murder, Descriptions of dead bodies, Mystery, Loss, Parental disregard (of children)

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18 thoughts on “STALKING JACK THE RIPPER SPOILER FREE REVIEW | The time has finally come!

    1. Thank you! ❤ I just started laying my reviews out differently so I’m glad you like it! Audrey Rose is a wonderful MC and her character development throughout the series is so so good! She’s definitely one of my favourite book characters!

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  1. I seem to be the black sheep on this one because I didn’t really like it, and the over-the-top feminism was one of the sticking points for me. I have complicated feelings about the way people write YA historical fiction in the first place because the worldviews of the characters are always very twenty-first century instead of whatever time they characters are actually from. But this book drove me nuts because the protagonist wouldn’t stop talking about how awesome and feminist and different she was, and I just found it annoying.

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    1. I totally understand that, but I think a lot of people would dislike historical fiction if it was more realistic and they would criticise it for not being feminist. If that makes sense??? But then again, we have MCs like Elizabeth Bennet and I think she’s pretty feminist so who knows???
      I think in terms of the feminist issue, it’s certainly improved upon in book 2 and she really pulls her head out and starts respecting the other women around her.

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  2. I read the bold parts of your post because I don’t want to know too much, but I wanted a little bit of an overview on how this book is, and the bold (and high points section) really did help me get a little taste. I haven’t read this series and I can’t wait to. Thanks for that!

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    1. YOU NEED TO READ IT EMMA! I think Rebecca at BookishlyRebecca is about to re-read the series so you might be able to buddy read the books with her???
      They’re totally worth the read!

      Thank you! 😍

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  3. I really love how you organized your view. And you made some interesting points here and it really did open my eyes to some topics (ex. feminism) in the book. Thank you for sharing that! Now I am quite interested in reading the second one, especially since nearly everyone mentioned it gets better. And totally agree with you on the characters! I think that was what mostly captured my attention throughout the novel. I absolutely adored the banter between Thomas and Audrey. It was so enjoyable. There were times when I couldn’t help but laugh out loud lol Great review btw! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, I find it really helpful when writing my reviews to structure them into parts!
      I personally think the second book is better than the first – it’s a really good mystery and SO atmospheric!
      Thomas and Audrey are so cute I love them! 💕💕

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