I mentioned in Sunday’s wrap up post that my sister Michelle would be joining my blog, at least this week, to contribute a guest review! She was interested in this whole blogging thing and I have a zillion books laying around now that I need her help reading, so I managed to sucker her into writing a review too.
Without further ado, here’s Michelle with her review of Stalking Jack the Ripper!
Stalking Jack the Ripper
by Kerri Maniscalco
YOUNG ADULT / HISTORICAL FICTION / HORROR
Plot at a Glance:
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 was given this book by BB to read since I enjoy much of the same genres as he does. And, to be honest, I think he gives me young adult books because he knows I’m not smart enough to understand/enjoy many of his other books. (note from Bentley: This is not true!)
However, I too, thought I would enjoy this book before I started it. I mean, Jack the Ripper? And someone stalking him instead of vice versa? Yes, please.
However, I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I’d hoped.
I feel the author tried a bit too hard in some ways, to cram everything she thought a book should be into this one.
Right from the very beginning I found myself exasperated with the use of verbiage that seemed forced or repetitive (reminding me of all the overly used/repeated phrases in the 50 Shades series) while the story seemed fairly straightforward.
I pretty much had the entire plot figured out by chapter 7. The book kind of had that middle school English paper outline feel to it: Intro, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Conclusion. I get that that is what a story needs, but in this one it all seemed too obvious. There weren’t enough surprises along the way.
That being said, not all of the story was bad.
I loved the idea of a young girl forging her own path in a time and society that would have otherwise dictated it for her, especially when it was doing things that most thought a woman too fragile for. Though, I wish she could have been learning her trade from another female, instead of two males, but ‘thems were the times’.
The author was good about having her main character grow – from a mildly insubordinate child, to a young woman who knew what she was good at and was no longer willing to let anyone else tell her otherwise (even if that meant making terrible decisions–but we were all teenagers once, so I get it.)
There was a point toward the end when I was worried that she was going to regress, but I was pleased with how it turned out. And kind of knew it would go in that direction, because, again: obvious.
Stalking Jack the Ripper would be a good book for a young teenage/tween girl that is looking for a little girl power with a bit of typical teenage romance thrown in.
📺Maybe, if it’s on TV📺
*Side note: This is the 2nd book I have read (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo being the first) where the cover art shows a white woman when the main character was biracial. What’s that all about?
What did you think of this book? Do you have any suggestions for me to keep in mind for future reviews? Thanks for reading!