Hello Sunnies! I have finally joined you all in reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I got the arc for the third book at BookCon this year and decided I was going to give the series a go as part of the Arctober Challenge hosted by the lovely Kimberley Faye Reads! If you like crime fiction , historical fiction, and YA this is definitely a book for you.
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.
This was a great crime fiction novel and the perfect read for October if you, like me, don't read horror but want something a little more gory for Halloween :) The story is gory, mysterious, eerie, and full of twists and turns. Some predictable, some not. I certainly did not guess who the Ripper would be until it was staring at me in the face.
There is plenty of gruesome imagery as well, but not enough to make it distasteful. Kerri Maniscalco did a fantastic job writing a Young Adult-Historical Fiction-Crime Fiction combo story (yup, that's what I am calling it!).
The main characters are for the most part what you would expect teenagers to be like. They have their moments of brilliance and their moments of utter annoyance.
Thomas Cresswell is loved by most readers and I can see why. He is handsome, clever (reminded me of Sherlock Holmes) and full of sass. What is not to love right?
His inappropriate sense of humour and rather high view of himself created some rather hilarious moments and gave a levity to the story that was needed and appreciated.
Aubrey Rose was an entertaining character- brave, defiant, passionate. But she was also daft and annoying. Although I really enjoyed her passion for dissecting cadavers and her clever brain I cannot say I loved her character as a whole.
All in all it was a great book. Well, written and entertaining.
The biggest downside for me was that Aubrey Rose was yet another special little flower (the Mary Sue trope at it again!).