Book review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

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As it is appropriate for spooky season, I took it upon myself to use this opportunity to read some of young adult’s darker thrillers. Stalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco, was the most logical choice, as it contained a frightening mystery with a thrilling twist ending, all during the time of Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.

This historical fiction novel takes place in the autumn of 1888 in Whitechapel, London, England. The protagonist, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, is the sheltered seventeen-year-old daughter of Lord Edmond Wadsworth, a weary germaphobe. Against her father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey Rose secretly apprentices her uncle, Dr. Jonathan Wadsworth, a forensic scientist, where she learns the sinister practice of forensic medicine in his laboratory. But when a string of bodies are discovered around Whitechapel, Audrey Rose teams up with the brilliantly arrogant Thomas Cresswell to solve the most notorious murder cases of the century.

This novel has quickly become one of my new favourites. As a debut novel, Maniscalco went above and beyond; she did an amazing job developing the characters, setting, and plot. It had all the great qualities of a mystery, but there is so much more to it. It had action, amusement and, though not classified as a romance, had an underlying flirtation that added comic relief. The writing was absolutely breathtaking and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I have nothing but outstanding praise for this novel.

If you are looking for a dark read this Halloween season, I highly recommend that you give this bloody book a try. Happy Halloween!