Published by: Jimmy Patterson
Published on: September 20, 2016
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror
I was excited to read this book because I heard a rave review about it and I also enjoy reading a good mystery. Sadly, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I think I didn’t enjoy it as much because I am used to reading Adult mystery thrillers and this young adult novel was predictable and lost that air of mystery. Stalking the Ripper is Kerri Maniscalo debut novel and this happens to be the first in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is seventeen and she should be spending her time going to high tea, socializing with others her age and attracting a husband but none of this interests her instead, she would rather spend her time studying and practicing forensic medicine with her Uncle. Her father does not approve of this and so she practices in secret.
When the bodies of the victims of Jack the Ripper are brought to her uncle to do the autopsy, she assists him with the process. Audrey Rose then decides that she must find out who this Jack the Ripper is but he may be closer to her than she knows.
Like I mentioned I found this book to be predictable and I guessed who the killer was early on in the book. To me the hints were not subtle and were quite obvious. That being said I still found myself enjoying the book enough to continue and was interested in how Audrey Rose would make the discovery of who Jack the Ripper was.
I didn’t like how the author failed to portray Audrey Roses’ ethnicity very well. She is Half English and Half Indian but she is described as having pale creamy skin and no other exotic look to her. I guess her father had some strong genes. I also thought it strange that no one remarked on her being Half Indian, after all this is set in 19th century London I would imagine there being some racial barriers. I guess nobody could tell she was had Indian heritage since she just looked like every other English person.
I felt like the investigation was not realistic and that it was a little too convenient for them to get the clues they did. I thought since Audrey Rose was studying forensic medicine that they would have found more clues from the crime scenes and on the bodies but that wasn’t the case.
The relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas, who assists her in the investigation, was the main reason why I like this book. They had this banter going between them that I found amusing. Also, their relationship was reminiscent that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Thomas being Sherlock and Audrey being Watson. Thomas would always refer to her by her last name, Wadsworth.
Audrey Rose was a modern women in Victorian Day London, she preferred pants to dresses, had no interest in finding a husband and wished only to dissect the dead under the tutelage of her uncle, much to the dismay of her father. I liked that she was able to speak her mind and stood up for what she believed in.
Thomas was my favorite, I think because he was so similar to Sherlock Holmes. He was excellent deduction skills and comes of being arrogant but its charming. Well, at least I found him charming and it also helped that he was described as being very handsome, of course.
I liked Stalking Jack the Ripper and I found it entertaining. I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction and mystery books. I rated this 3 stars on Goodreads.