Book Review: STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

    • STALKING JACK THE RIPPER
    • Author: Kerri Maniscalco
    • Published: 20th September 2016
    • Read: October 30, 2017
    • Rating: ♥♥♥

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.

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As you know, this book is one of the many attempted retelling about Jack the Ripper who’s a phenomenal mythical person or however you wish to believe on his existence. The story revolves around Audrey Rose who belongs to the higher society, she does not only love dresses and teas but as well as dissecting cadavers which is very unusual hobby for a lady of her generation. She’s an apprentice of his uncle who is a very known and controversial doctor who teaches in a University, unravels new discoveries in the field of medicine and solving mysteries too, like finding out the reason behind why Jack the Ripper targets women, specifically women who are considered an outcast or belonged to the lowest level in the societal hierarchy. This became the reason why Audrey Rose ended up stalking Jack the Ripper (hence the title per se).

This book  has been on my TBR list the moment it came out. Other than the fact that its another Jack the Ripper story but the cover itself is so pretty and badass. I love mystery  and thriller novels but I am very hard to please in this genre. I enjoyed some parts of it, it made me feel excited and wondering for a moment, I love some of the photos or illustration from the book, and the feminism that the book was trying to represent but it just got annoying later on when the author kept on shoving it on my face. I was like “okay, I get it. Society was unfair to women before. I get the freaking message!.”I feel like this book has so much potential but the writing was dragging in some parts, I find some chapters or scenes irrelevant. Maybe they won’t be irrelevant if it was put to use, but then it ended up like a decoration for the book. As a whole, I find this book very lacking, I already felt the whole time who the main culprit would be because it was too obvious. It feels like having all the ingredients but still ended up feeling like a secret ingredient is missing to make the whole thing perfect. I have to say I am disappointed with this book, I had so much expectation. But still this is an OKAY book, especially for readers who are not used to mystery books or who are still starting on this genre because maybe I just had too much mystery/thrilling books in my reading.

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