Book Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
My Rating: ★★★★★
Because the second book in the series, Hunting Prince Dracula, is coming out this month (and I’m so beyond excited for it!) I decided to finally sit down and write a review for what is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a long time.
I discovered Stalking Jack the Ripper one day in 2016 when I was browsing through Goodreads, trying to find a new historical fiction to pick up. The title and the cover of the novel are what initially drew me to it. I’ve always been absolutely intrigued by serial killers; don’t ask me why. A very small part of me always wanted to work as a police officer, or for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That being said, an entire book about a well-known murderer? Right up my street.
Audrey Rose is quite possibly one of the greatest female main characters that I’ve read about in a while. As someone who has always been very enthralled by forensic science, I could personally relate to her very much so. She’s a kick-butt woman who doesn’t let anyone control her life – she’s not afraid to be herself, although she’s often looked down on for her interests. That’s inspiring.
Thomas Cresswell, Audrey’s partner-in-crime, if you will, is also a very interesting character. He brought a sense of humor to what was a relatively dark story.
In my opinion, I never once guessed who the killer was. I had a few ideas throughout the story, but I was never correct. The ending was shocking and beautiful, and I shed a few tears. I’m very happy with the ending that Kerri went with.
The writing was very nice, from the beginning of the novel to the end. I was never bored. I was never ready for it to be over. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this book. I never wanted to put it down!
In conclusion, Stalking Jack the Ripper was a BIG hit for me! I can’t wait for Audrey’s story to continue in a few weeks.
Did you enjoy this novel? If your answer is no, what did you dislike about it? Let’s have a discussion!