Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 327
Date Read: October 21, 2019
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

This was one my first historical fiction novels, and it was so much better than I had been anticipating. I wasn’t sure if I would like it due to my lack of experience with historical fiction, so I had been putting off picking it up. My friend finally convinced me to pick it up after raving about it, and I was happily surprised with how much I loved it!

I loved that it was set in the late 1800s! The clothing and manner of speaking was all extremely fascinating. It made the reading experience so new and exciting because I hadn’t read much from this era. It was a period when women were still fighting for rights and wanting to step away from societal expectations. Our main character, Audrey Rose is prime example of an extremely headstrong women who is in charge of herself and does not differ to a man to help her make decisions. She is well educated, witty, and always fights for what she believes in. She continues to break societal roles by training with her uncle in the art of autopsy. Which is definitely not something women were supposed to do during that era. She is often looked at as strange by the rest of society because of her actions, but those that matter to her always look to her with pride and adoration for going after her dreams.

Speaking of people Audrey Rose cares about, she has a dutiful sidekick and best friend in the charming and observant Thomas Cresswell. Who is basically my favorite person ever. His sarcasm and wit are matched by no one. And while he is extremely playful, he is also serious about solving crimes. Together the pair go through London looking at bodies, and trying to catch the serial murder Jack the Ripper.

I think my favorite part about this book, besides Thomas and Audrey Rose’s growing friendship, is the many unexpected plot twists. As soon as you think you know who the killer might be, Maniscalco drops a new clue that has you second guessing everything. When the true murderer was finally revealed I was left reeling and in desperate need of the second book!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history, strong female roles, and thrilling mysteries!

Have you read this one yet? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for checking out this review, and Happy Reading 🖤


  1. Glad to see an historical fiction convert 🙂 I remember thinking the same things about how the genre might not be for me. Then I picked up Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Sharpe’ series and never looked back.

    Any other periods of history taking your fancy?

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  2. I do not usually read historical fiction. However, this book is now on my TBR list. You did a wonderful job of describing this book. I love strong female leads with a funny sidekick. Not to mention one of my favorite genres are crime mysteries revolving around a serial killer. Thanks for adding to my ginormous tbr list.

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