Today I’m bringing to you a review for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
This was a highly anticipated novel for me, and unfortunately I was a bit disappointed with how this novel turned out.
I hope you all enjoy my review!
Goodreads Rating: 3.98/5
Pages: 326 pages
Published: September 20th, 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.
I had high hopes for this novel. I thought it was going to be consistently intense and something that I couldn’t help but binge read (which is why I started with it whilst on a reading slump).
Unfortunately this book was just underwhelming for me. After reading about 50 pages, I was still waiting for something, anything, to happen that would make me gasp, or have any type of good reaction to the plot of this novel.
I want to go through every aspect of this book, because there were a couple moments that I did enjoy, and I don’t want to totally ignore them.
As a nursing student (I know, you’ve heard it before and you’ll keep on hearing it), I loved the times we got to hear about Audrey watching her uncle work, or even doing her own work. Seeing that aspect of disecting a body was very interesting to me and I was alway’s very intrigued when I was reading those parts.
Apart from the dissections, this novel following the investigation of a string of murders – and basically was a whodunnit. I was hoping to like the whodunnit portion of this novel but guessing who it was throughout the novel wasn’t really fun because I had a faint idea (and was right).
I was disappointed I didn’t love this book as much as others did. I had heard so many amazing things, but this book just didn’t bring those things to light for me, which was unfortunate.
Additionally I’d like to mention that the ending of this book was so unsatisfying and boring. I began to skim the last 30 or so pages because I honestly just wanted to know if I was right about who Jack was. I was not at all interesting in the other aspects of the story because they, to me, felt very poorly written and monotonous.
The love aspect of this novel was interesting for a couple pages, but then that subplot also began to get a bit boring to me. I understood why it was there, and it was a good idea, I just felt like it felt forced and as though the feelings weren’t actually there.
Lastly, the scenes where Audrey would describe the crime scenes she witnessed were a bit underwhelming to me. I wish there was more detail to intensify the eerie element to this novel, but there seemed to be more of a concentration on what Audrey was thinking instead of what she was seeing and all the horrors of what happened to the victims.
All in all I’m very disappointed with how this novel turned out for me. I wish I enjoyed it more so I would look forward to Hunting Prince Dracula, but at this point in time I’m not interested in purchasing that novel only to be disappointed again.
I do think that my reason for not enjoying this novel may relate to the author Kerri Maniscalco’s writing style, so if you’re still interested in reading this novel I would give it a go, especially since a lot of other readers did enjoy the novel. This writing style may not be for me, but it might be for you!
Alright everyone! That concludes my review for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco!
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