Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Finished reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Writer: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: #fantasy #youngadult
Length: pages 401
My rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Hardcover


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 practise 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 will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.


You know, first I thought this book was not for me. I was bothered by the situation of women in the era of the book. It really brushed me the wrong way and I hated the grovelling and sneaking behind the father and brother. I am all about women rights to make their own decisions but managed to read further.

The start was a little bit slow for me, but it got better when the middle of the book arrived. Then I was already so completely inside the story I could not put the book down.

This was not a scary story and the author had alternated the historical facts a little bit. It was ok as everything seemed real enough. I liked all the characters and they felt alive. Also, the atmosphere in the book was exceptionally well written: the gloomy streets of London, mist/fog and forensic details.

Surprisingly, I got tears in my eyes in one scene. It was a horrendous scene, bad things happening and everything felt unjustified. Without the emotional part, this book might have been dull for me as it lacked some excitement between the characters that I was looking for. So in the end, the era of the book helped me to keep reading because I wanted to see if Audrey would get her freedom.

This was a good read. Not superb but definitely worth your time. I gave it three stars.

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