The following is an honest review of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and my suggested age rating.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is the seventeen year old daughter of a lord. From the outside, Audrey Rose is the perfect Victorian daughter attending teas and dress fittings. But behind her father’s back, she attends classes and assists her uncle in forensic medicine. Audrey Rose encounters a victim of a mass serial killer during one of her operations. She is then drawn into investigating these murders. The shock of the murders sets in when she realizes the murderer Jack the Ripper could in fact be someone she knows.
Featuring Victorian England, forensic medicine, and all the eerie dark academia vibes, Stalking Jack the Ripper was the perfect thing to get me into spooky season. One of the things I found so intriguing (and hope continues throughout the next three books) was the real period photos and notes from the time of Jack the Ripper. It made the story all the more believable and like you were solving the case alongside Audrey Rose. I think the romance in this book was done extremely well. It wasn’t too much and it didn’t feel unnecessary as the author did tie it into the plot and storyline.
I also loved all the characters in this book. Audrey Rose was a perfect example of a girl struggling to live through the standards for women in the 1800’s. All the side characters played their part beautifully and there were many characters I loved to hate as well. They were all written perfectly.
The only thing that bugged me about this book was I felt like it dragged on a bit. The book itself wasn’t too long but the plot seemed to drag on and then all of the sudden they figured it out.
I gave Stalking Jack the Ripper 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
I would give Stalking Jack the Ripper an age rating of 15 and up. This book is on the gory side and the images throughout the book may be disturbing to some.
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