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.
This is my post for the Stalking Jack the Ripper blog tour! Surprisingly, this is my first blog tour ever so this is very very exciting for me. I’ve decided to do a review today about this stunning and absolutely fantastic novel. Let’s get on with the actual review now! 🙂
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is a young adult novel unlike any I have ever seen before. The concept is something that is rarely seen in YA, and I myself have never truly seen it before in any of all the books I’ve read. Stalking Jack the Ripper is about Audrey Rose, a lady living in Whitechapel in Victorian England, an intelligent woman who secretly is interested in forensic medicine. She is determined to unearth the mysterious Jack the Ripper with the help of the charming yet frustratingly arrogant, Thomas Cresswell.
The characters of Stalking Jack the Ripper were no doubt, the heart of the entirety of the story. Audrey Rose (Wadsworth) and Thomas (Cresswell) are two charming characters with a personality that make me laugh out loud. The character development of these characters is fantastic, together they vaguely remind me of Sherlock and Watson, but they aren’t. That is the best part, they have such fun traits reminiscent of classic characters, yet they clearly aren’t and it really is just so awesome. I don’t know how to describe it in any other way.
The setting of the story is Whitechapel, London was written so vividly. Though there wasn’t much worldbuilding as Whitechapel, London does indeed exist, Maniscalco still did a great job making sure that the readers knew exactly where they were. Part of worldbuilding isn’t only description, a big part of it is also the way people act, and the activities characters participate in. Throughout the story, Maniscalco is sure to remind the reader the era the story takes place in with the old fashioned tea time or perhaps a proper scolding from one character to another about what is appropriate in front of a lady.
Stalking Jack the Ripper has a plot that keeps the reader enticed and wanting more. Written in such a way that begs for the next page to be turned. This book has a plot that keeps the reader wanting more. Not to slow and not too fast either. Though, of course there are moments when the pacing speeds and slows, overall, the plot was outlined in a way that keeps the flow pretty even. As for the romance plot, I felt it was AMAZING. Like there was hardly any romance in the entirety of the book, but the whole time I was reading I literally wanted to smash Wadsworth and Cresswell’s faces together. Like literally just wanted to grab them and BAM. I ship it so hard so don’t even try and fight me on this.
To wrap up this crazy long review, I want to talk about Kerri Maniscalco’s writing! Her writing was phenomenal if you haven’t gathered that from this review. She has a lot of talent and I cannot wait for the second SJTR book. Everything about Stalking Jack the Ripper was wonderful and amazing and this book is definitely a solid five star read no doubt.
Be sure to check out the other stops on tour! Are you looking forward to reading this fantastic book? Have you read it yet? Let me know down below in the comments!