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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Stalking Jack the Ripper

I actually picked this book up on a whim, thinking "Eh if it sucks, it was only $7."
I'm really glad I spent that $7 on this book.
Stalking Jack the Ripper was such an interesting take on the infamous Whitechapel murders and the man behind them. It's ya fiction, so our narrator is Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a teenage girl working in her uncle's laboratory. Audrey Rose is a member of high society and in the 1880's, forensics wasn't something a girl should have been exposed to. Kerri Maniscalco did a fantastic job of pointing that out by making Audrey Rose such a strong minded character who knew her place in the world, even if it wasn't the place society wanted her to be. 
While working in her uncle's lab, she meets Thomas Cresswell, a fellow forensics student. Together, the three of them begin performing the autopsies for Jack the Ripper's victims. When Audrey notices they all have one thing in common, she follows her lead down a dark path. She couldn't possibly think someone in her own family could be Jack the Ripper..... Not soon after, her uncle is taken to the asylum until they can clear him of the crimes. But Thomas and Audrey Rose know he's innocent, he's been wracking his brain with the rest of them to find this killer. But who, or who could he be?

During the hunt, Thomas and Audrey Rose begin an unlikely friendship. I was skeptical that the small romance they share would become a focal point in the novel, but it actually worked incredibly well. They way the ending ties together with the rest of their relationship was the perfect lead in to the next book, Hunting Prince Dracula. I didn't realize the series would have them traveling to new places to investigate, but I'm beyond excited to travel with them.

Looking for the rest of the series?
Hunting Prince Dracula (book two)

Looking for other books on Jack the Ripper?
The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper

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