Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco // I’m… underwhelmed?

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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.

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Published: September 20th 2016

Stalking Jack the Ripper #1

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My Review 3

Trigger Warning

 

 

Descriptions of  Corpses/Dissections/Gruesome Murders, Disturbing Images


I don’t read a lot of murder mysteries, but I bought the first two books in this series, so why not get to it now? And I must say, I’m disappointed in a way. If I can guess who the killer is 50% in, there’s an issue.

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Audrey Rose is a modern woman studying forensic science despite it being looked down upon for women to do so. She works with her Uncle and his assistant, Thomas Cresswell, to autopsy a string of savagely killed corpses to find the serial murderer, Jack the Ripper.

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I don’t read horror or overtly gruesome books, but I’m trying to get into new things. The concept was interesting and this book would have been great, but it was the slowest thing. I trudged through this one. The visual aids were really intriguing and added to the atmosphere of the story.

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I really liked both Audrey and Thomas. They were probably the best parts of the story and they make a good pairing. I did keep calling Audrey “Watson” as her name is really close to sounding like that, but it wasn’t a problem; the duo do have a sort of Sherlock and Watson feel to them. The romantic relationship between Audrey and Thomas was amazing. The banter was the best thing. I didn’t know how to feel about Thomas in the beginning (and I mean the very beginning) but he was so blunt and upfront with his feelings towards Audrey, it didn’t leave much room for angst which I wasn’t in the mood for, so A+.

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As I mentioned above, I guessed who the killer was 50% in. And you know why I’m upset about it? I’m not that smart. I have missed the most obvious clues before. And when I say obvious, I mean obvious. The blurb on the back and a certain disappearance for the last 40% of the book made it pretty evident. There’s also the pacing problem; it was so hard to get through this. Everything was so long— it wasn’t as if nothing was happening, there was never an empty moment. It just dragged and dragged. Which probably solidified the 3 star rating.

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I have the second book on my shelf, so of course I plan on reading it… I’m just not rushing. Great story, great characters and it made me feel smart for figuring out the killer so I guess that’s more of a plus? We’re going to leave that complicated mess alone for now.

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9 thoughts on “Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco // I’m… underwhelmed?

  1. Finally someone that finds it obvious! I found obvious the preview of the second book too (there wasn’t a title yet when I read it) because I remember saying: oh, so Audrey goes to Transylvania, I bet she encounters Dracula!
    I purchase the second book because I am a sucker for all things Dracula, but my expectations are low.

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