Review: Stalking Jack the RipperTitle: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, YA
Pages: 392 (Paperback)
Source: Own
For: Play Book Tag, Unofficial Trim Challenge
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Goodreads Synopsis

Against Audrey Rose's stern father's wishes and society's expectations, she 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 Rose into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

My Thoughts

I’ve been fascinated by the story of Jack the Ripper ever since I was a teenager. I watched a couple of TV miniseries fictionalizing his rampage of terror with my parents and I often wondered who the real Ripper was and why he did what he did.

I’ve been excited to read STALKING JACK THE RIPPER ever since I knew the book existed. I just never took the time to read it. I’m so glad I finally did. I loved how Maniscalco wove the historical in with the fiction. I loved seeing the events of Jack’s murders through the eyes of Audrey Rose and the other characters around her.

Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.

One of the things I loved about STALKING JACK THE RIPPER was reading about the science of the times. In Maniscalco’s author’s note, she said she tried to remain as true to the capabilities of the time as possible. I thought it was really interesting that even though most of society scorned the work of forensic scientists because they thought it ungodly and mad, scientists were able to do all they did without the many advancements we have today.

I loved the cast of characters in STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, including Jack. Even though I guessed who Jack was in the end, I was surprised how it all went down. It made for a fun, surprising ending that I really enjoyed. View Spoiler »

I’m glad I finally took the time to read STALKING JACK THE RIPPER. Even though I’ve watched several miniseries and movies about the infamous Ripper, this is my first book. I now want to read more books and see how they compare. I also look forward to reading more by Maniscalco as I enjoyed her writing.

Have you read STALKING JACK THE RIPPER? If so, what did you think?

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Hi, I'm Jenni. I'm a queer eclectic reader with she/her pronouns. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing the better!
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18 replies
  1. Esther @BiteIntoBooks
    Esther @BiteIntoBooks says:

    I totally relate! I have been intrigued by stories about Jack the Ripper as well. And of course, I have seen this book all around the book community. I can’t wait to read it one day… It’s just the huge TBR keeping me from it I guess haha.

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  2. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    I’m also fascinated by Jack, although I don’t know what the latest is on his identity. He is like a mystical (supernatural?) figure in the fog.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      It would be cool if they could figure out who he was after all this time, would’t it? I just don’t think we’d have the resources to verify. I know they can at least speculate his occupation, age, and status in the community and I still find all that fascinating.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I understand. Not all books are for everyone, you know. Maybe this book just isn’t for you. However, maybe you’ll like the audiobook. I know the person who reads her other series’ audiobook is awesome!

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  3. Elyse
    Elyse says:

    I haven’t read this one but you should read The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. It focuses solely on his five victims and it’s so good.

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  4. Anne@HeadFullofBooks
    Anne@HeadFullofBooks says:

    This review made me think of a book I read YEARS ago on Jack the Ripper. It was so realistic I felt like the author really figured out who dunnit. I read it before Goodreads so I would have a tough time remembering the title. Hmmm.

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