Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Review: Well it seems that I am so behind on how much I should have read this book sooner, instead of waiting till now to read it. But, at least now I can binge read the next two books in the series before the last book, Capturing the Devil, comes out in September (I think?). This is one of the few times that I would say good job past Ali (lol).
Okay, so first- I got this book last summer in a trade because it had been a big TBR for me to grab, and once I got it I tried reading it. The word being tried, sadly I was just not connecting with the first two chapters and I thought Thomas was an ass and Audrey Rose not interesting. Before all of you raise your pitchforks and come at me, I was in a very strange place last summer-in life and in reading (I was having a reoccurring illness that I had no clue what it was) and I did not pay attention to what I was reading. Stalking Jack the Ripper was sadly the book that I tried to read at that time. But, it might not have been the right time for me to read the book, this has happened to me a few different times and in the end when I got to reread and finish a book that I once tried to read and ended up falling very much in love with the book/series.
Now onto my actual review of Stalking Jack the Ripper, I was pulled in during chapter two, yup that’s right Thomas! I have no clue what about him pulls me in and makes me love him, well I have a couple ideas… Anyway, just how him and Audrey Rose interacts with one another, the witty adorable banter steals my heart and my feels. Also, Audrey Rose gives as good as she has right back at him and anyone else in her way of her work/passion. Audrey Rose also being an amazing powerful feminist and all about women power, but not in a way that she constantly talked about-she just made some great/witty/and snarky points to the men in her life.
Plot wise, I loved the mystery since that is my jam lately. I kept coming up with theories and different suspects of who the killer could be and how the book could conclude, and carry on to the next. I was very happy to find at the end that the book’s mystery is all wrapped up and concluded and does not carry on to the next book (it’s good that its not being dragged on and the next book can have its own thing going on for it).
The romance was a bit of a slow burn with an abundance of banter, I could not have loved Thomas more with him driving Audrey Rose crazy with his massive brain and constant flirtation (and a little stalking of his own) / declarations of his love / affection toward Audrey.
Audrey Rose’s relationship with her father and uncle was typical for a teenager, though a bit more distant (I also think her dad was sleeping with hookers during the course of these murders-this is not a clue or a spoiler, just an observation). There was also the secret I’m still wondering about having to do with her father and uncle’s past-not super sure if this was concluded in this book or not…
Audrey Rose’s relationship with her brother (and yes I like writing and saying her full name), you can tell right away that they are very close and care very much for each other and there are a couple of key moments later in the book that are just so bittersweet and had me crying a bit (also not a spoiler because I’m talking about anything, just how they are together).
In the end I had a great time reading this book over two days, and I can not wait to start reading Stalking Prince Dracula.
If he weren’t so infuriatingly aware of his own intelligence, he’d be quite attractive, I supposed.
Lord help the girl he set those eyes on for good. His boyish vulnerability was a weapon, powerful and disarming.
He was fascinating to study, no matter how much I pretended to detest that fact.
“And, yes”- he grinned wickedly, eyes fixed on his paper- “you’ll still fancy me tomorrow no matter how much you wish otherwise. I’m unpredictable, and you adore it. Just as I cannot wrap my massive brain around the equation of you and yet adore it.”
I couldn’t tell if I wanted to kiss him or kill him.
I do love it when you speak so maliciously, Wadsworth. Gives my heart a bit of a rush.
I rather fancy the thought of more adventures with you, Miss Wadsworth.
Would I? Reread? Yes, I have a feeling some things might come up again in the other books. Recommend to others? Yes, this was so good! Read more of this series? Hello! YES. I already have the other two and pre-ordered the final book to.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Edition: Hardcover, 326 pages.
Young Adult. Romance. Mystery. Mature Content. Historical Fiction. Horror.
Published September 20th 2016 by Jimmy Patterson.
Summary: Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…
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, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
-Summary from GoodReads.com