“He murdered women in cold blood.
He terrorised an entire city.
He taunted those of us who hunted him down.
But despite all these horrors,
in the end, I could not deny it . . .
I was the girl who loved The Ripper”
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 of 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 found the audiobook of Stalking Jack The Ripper online through one of my local libraries, and after having heard so many wonderfully gruesome things about it, I decided to borrow it. I returned it a few days later after I practically binge-read/listened to the whole thing – and I loved it.
Truth be told, Jack The Ripper frightens me. There’s just something about the killer and the history of it all that doesn’t sit right with me. Even when I studied History in high-school as an elective, I actively avoided all things Ripper. So, picking up this book was a very big step for me and I consider myself quite brave for doing so! *pat self on back* Facing one fear at a time, you go gurlllll.
This audio book wasn’t very long, ten hours at the most, so I found it very hard to pace myself because the book is so fantastic. I thought it was really well written, especially because Maniscalco used real historical facts to aid her story telling. Not only was the writing amazing and engaging, the characters were easy to love.
I loved Audrey and Thomas and their never-ending banter throughout the novel, as well as the presence of the other characters, including her cousin from the social teas she was forced to attend.
The entire novel I had major Sherlock Holmes vibes, the type of vibes you get from watching Sherlock or any psychological thriller movie. The entire time I was just thinking I knew exactly who Jack was. And I was honestly surprised when it wasn’t who I anticipated – but also secretly glad that I didn’t predict the ending.
I’m all for mixed mediums and Stalking Jack The Ripper provided. Throughout the novel there were several pictures that correlated with the text and they really added an extra layer of authenticity to the story. I didn’t see the pictures until I purchased a physical copy for myself, but they still helped me understand a bit more of the story.
I also really loved the feminist side to it, with Audrey seeking out the education and life she wanted, despite the efforts her family goes through to make sure she’s a ‘proper lady,’ I think that’s a really important attribute to her character. We need more strong-willed characters in YA!
After 10-hour of pure bliss, I gave Stalking Jack The Ripper 4-stars out of 5! I definitely recommend it if you crave the 1800s vibes and live for Sherlock. If you love slow budding romance and banter between characters, and gruesome details here and there, this is the novel for you.
I can’t wait to pick up Hunting Prince Dracula, the sequel to this gore-lious novel! Have you read any thriller YA novels recently? I seriously need to add more to my to-be read pile.
Until next time and happy reading,