Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Also by this author: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula
Also in this series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula
Published by Jimmy Patterson
Genres: Young Adult
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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.
As soon as I started this one I was instantly enjoying it. I liked the fact that the characters were performing autopsies in order to try to figure out why people had died. During the time this book is set that wasn’t common practice so I was intrigued. I also really loved the slicing open of the bodies and all the gross stuff they had to encounter and deal with. I work in health care so I remember the days of dissecting things and that wonderful smell when an organ is being preserved. Maybe I just have some sick fascination. I also loved that it was a girl slicing open these dead bodies
Moving away from the first part of the novel we get the meat of the story which is our main character, Audrey, trying to figure out who Jack the Ripper is. I did feel that it took a little while for this side of the story to develop because in the beginning it was all about learning who Audrey was and what work she did with her uncle. So the change in the storyline part way through was a little jarring for me even though I knew the story was about Jack.
I have to say I love that Audrey was always ready to get in there and get her hands dirty and that she wanted to break society norms and be daring. I also really liked Thomas because he provided some tension to the story as well as a budding relationship with Audrey. I liked that he always wanted to be there to challenge Audrey to be the best she can be. I also really enjoyed some of their dialogue. However, I did feel that at times Thomas was trying a little hard with some of his lines. I also got a little annoyed with Audrey and her pursuit to always one up Thomas because he is a man. I get it girl power and I’m all for that but it pushed the bounds to the point of annoying at times.
“Pretend I am as capable as a man? Please, sir, do not value me so little!”
Overall, I am never great at figuring out a mystery so I didn’t know who Jack was until later on in the novel and so I give props for that. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the characters and the world they were in. I can’t wait to read the next book because it seems like another great adventure. I just hope that Thomas and Audrey can find ways to better communicate in the next book.