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Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

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.

337 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 20, 2016

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Kerri Maniscalco

14 books25.4k followers
I'm mostly on instagram--where I'm always ready to talk fictional crushes and nerd out over books. (Okay, okay. And I've also been known to share snippets and teasers from my upcoming novels, if you're into that sort of thing...) Please feel free to chat with me there @KerriManiscalco. I love talking with fellow readers!

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quartet, the KINGDOM OF THE WICKED trilogy, and her forthcoming adult debut, THRONE OF THE FALLEN, set within the KINGDOM OF THE WICKED universe. Two other un-named titles will also be set within the KOTW world and will follow two different princes.

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October 29, 2021
If you opened up a PDF of this book and control-F searched it for the phrase “kind of girl,” your computer would explode. Or suddenly bypass decades of hypothesized technological progress and instantly become cognizant and emotional, developing the ability to feel just so it could ask you, personally, why the author of this book thought she could possibly write anything remotely empowering to women while taking down women at large at every turn.


This book is so bad and so unfeminist it could cause the singularity.

Here are the main ways this book is bad:


This whole thing posits itself as if it were a confection baked in a feminist bakery. An equality cupcake with empowerment frosting and the death of misogyny on top. It is, after all, a revisionist history in which we all get to pretend that a girl (a girl! Named Audrey Rose) was pivotal in the solving of the Jack the Ripper case (and please ignore the part where that case isn’t actually solved), and also that girl is a mortician living a secret life. Because she’s rich! And respected! And the whole thing should be so deliciously contrary to gender roles and also dead body-y and we get to have a great, corpsey time. This is what I wanted.

If you’ve ever read one of my reviews before, this is where you get worried. (If you weren’t already worried when you saw that sweet sweet one star rating.) Because I never, never, NEVER!!! get what I want from books. And true to form, this book took one look at my hopes and dreams and asked “Oh, are these your expectations?” And then when I nodded excitedly, it ate them.

Or something.

Clearly, and for so many reasons we’ll get into later, this author has no f*cking idea how to write a powerful female character. Instead, she has to resort to tearing down other girls to make her value brand spoiled brat of a wannabe badass seem strong.

Here are some examples.

Instead of writing a character who is more focused on her work/dreams/achievements/family/friends/the scene outside her window/the history of umbrellas/weekly school board meetings/ostriches than the cute boy nearby, she writes: “I was thankful I wasn’t the kind of girl to lose my mind over a handsome face.” Pity that all that internalized sexism was for naught anyway, considering our lovely protagonist spends the entire f*cking book losing her mind over that exact handsome face.

Instead of writing a powerful, brave, unrelenting narrator who doesn’t give up when the going gets tough, she writes: “I wasn’t the sort of girl who backed down.” Important clarification, considering how many girls I encounter every day who just seem to do NOTHING but back down. They relish it! Classic girls, am I right? Weak fools.

And instead of writing...actually, you know what, I don’t even know. This line is so completely useless from a characterization standpoint, or any standpoint of any kind, that I have actually no idea what the author was going for. I’ll just type it here and see if you have any guesses: “I enjoyed applying makeup as any girl my age would, only I did so with a lighter hand.” So...not only some fun generalizations about girls, but also some makeup-shaming? Ah, we have fun.

But let’s not deprive ourselves of discussing everyone’s favorite insufferable brat.


Something that tends to be true about every book is that you spend a lot of time with the main character. Sometimes this is pleasant; sometimes it is whatever; sometimes it is less than ideal. Rarely is it a continual, never-ending process of irritation and profound suffering.

That last scenario is what we get here, with our dear Audrey Rose. (And first off, I have to say: I know that Audrey is like an ancient name and everything, but “Audrey Rose” reads much more like “John Green character” than “nineteenth-century girl of title.”)

Here’s my Audrey Rose impression: “I am powerful and fearless!! Everyone underestimates me!!! I am not like other girls who cannot even use a knife at a tea party!!! Oh, what’s that? A mildly scary or gruesome thing? *faints immediately*”

I would estimate that 57% of that is directly from the text.

Also, we are reading about pretty touchy stuff here. These are real-life murder victims, real women who were often just minding their business and living their lives best they could when they were brutally attacked in their own neighborhoods. This is sad even almost 150 years later, and our protagonist is reacting in real time. So she should be stricken.

Should be.

Instead, this girl will be like “This is the saddest thing that has ever happened!! We should pay undying respect!!” on one page, and then be crackin’ jokes and comparing her dumbass problems (I have a curfew! My brother doesn’t get me!) to those of brutal murder victims on the next. We stan consistency and compassion.

She has zero common sense, very little personality outside of the comparisons to other girls, and a whole lot of entitlement. She jumps right into situations she knows nothing about and screws everything up, always, all the time. Everything she does on this case is sheer luck between moments of making dizzying eye contact with the hot guy she works with.

Speaking of which.


I don’t have much to say beyond that category title, really. How is this so bad? There is no chemistry. There is no slow burn, or rooting for the characters, or any real hate-to-love outside of some surface-level attempts at cashing in on America’s favorite trope. The characters spend the whole time being separately insufferable and at occasional moments coming together to combine their insufferableness into one insufferable mountain of insufferability.

The number one reason I don’t think I can continue with this series is my awareness that I will be expected to root for these two buffoons to mash their faces together.


I also -- and it brings me no joy to say this -- cannot stand Thomas.

I don’t think he’s quirky, or smart, or funny. I find him neither lovable nor charming nor interesting. He does not live up to the descriptors “swoon-worthy” or “book boyfriend material.” He is an inconsistently characterized mishmash of every fictional crush cliché from whatever Cole Sprouse is on Riverdale to Will Herondale, and it DOESN’T. WORK.

He’s annoying and omnipresent and condescending and mean and nonsensical. I don’t get why Audrey Rose likes him, and I especially don’t understand why he likes her.

Everything about this book feels like an evil factory took every piece of content that’s Popular With The Teens and blended it into this unholy smoothie of suffering and unoriginality.


The author has a big note at the end of the book explaining all the various ways she f*cked up history while writing this book. Which is very fun, I think, when writing historical fiction. Why stay faithful in any way to history? It’s just historical, after all!

That author’s note mostly, if not entirely, had to do with the ways she messed with the Jack the Ripper case itself. Kind of insane, considering that’s what this entire book centers around, but whatever. It’s not my biggest qualm.

That would be the fact that while reading this, I, a person who has not taken a history class in three or so years, would occasionally think “Hm! That doesn’t sound right!” and Google. Or sometimes I, a person who has hated science for her entire life, would think, “Huh! Not sure if that’s scientifically accurate!” and do some light research.

And it would turn out the person who wrote this book, who ostensibly did extensive studying on the late nineteenth century, and at least a little on science and anatomy, considering her protagonist was into both...would have made what we call an oopsie.

Here are a few of the things I just happened to Google that were in some way misrepresented in the book. Extra details included if I remember them.
- photography (the technology just wasn’t at the level it’s presented as, and this is one I’m confident about, considering I was in a history of photography class at the time I was reading this)
- exposure immunity as a concept
- cross contamination as a concept
- popularity of the Petri dish (it existed but was not in common use)
- contagiousness of leprosy scabs late in the illness (leprosy isn’t really contagious like that)
- transplants (the first successful one was in 1954, nearly 70 years after the events of this book)
- popularity of cigarettes (use wasn’t widespread in the West until the 20th century)
- the concept of medication for mental illness (the idea that someone would think, in the 19th century, that someone’s “salvation” from his mental illness would “come in the form of tonics working on his physiology” is just absurd. Even if it’s coming from our protagonist, who we’re supposed to believe without evidence is brilliant)

This book is so careless that it’s impossible for me to care about it.


This is not very well-written. Which is fine, in some ways -- it’s a debut, after all. However, there’s something about trying to write in an old-timey style that just ties some authors up in knots.

Let’s explore some of those knots.

“Consequences come with a high cost, some more than others.” Uh...consequences ARE that high cost. You’re talking about the consequences...of consequences.

“If only there were a way to cure life’s most fatal disease [...] Death.” So, in other words: If only there were a way to cure life’s most death-causing disease: Death. OBVIOUSLY DEATH IS FATAL. IT’S DEATH.

“Jack was coming undone, it seemed.” Huh. Really? You mean that guy who’s been murdering women and cutting their organs out? That dude? He always seemed pretty mentally sound to me.

Also, at one point, a character says “Uh-huh.” You know. The way rich British people in the late nineteenth century famously talked.


Like a middling episode of a value-brand version of CSI, we spend this whole book following our intrepid cast as they think they’ve cracked the case, and are wrong. And then wait no actually now they’ve got it! Oh wait scratch that, they’re wrong. And then third time’s the charm we got this you guys we got him!!! We know it! And then they’re wrong.

And then the actual answer falls into their laps through no real sleuthing or skill of their own, and it was the ending you knew it’d be for a long, long time.

What plotline could be more satisfying than that?

Bottom line: This book was brutal. And not in the fun, old-timey murder way I expected.

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422 reviews16.9k followers
April 24, 2017
Two words.
Thomas Cresswell.

Alright, of course there will be more words, I just needed to give you a proper motivation to grab this extraordinary book, and an obnoxiously yet damnably brilliant British boy seemed like a good idea. Now that I have your attention, let's move on, shall we?
“One taste of warm blood is never enough, Miss Wadsworth.”

Jack the Ripper.
The Whitechapel Murderer. Leather Apron. Whatever you call him, he's still the same; a monster that lingered in the shadows, bathed in blood and gore and terrorized London with his brutality and depravity. There are numerous theories about his identity, but none of them was confirmed. And so, Kerri Maniscalco crafted her own tale. A tale of heroes and villains.
“There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.”

Audrey Rose Wadsworth was not a proper lady. She chose science over blind faith, and spent her afternoons cutting up dead bodies rather than taking her tea with actual proper ladies, discussing eligible bachelors and gowns. Her dark curiosity was never satisfied, so she cut and stitched and cut and stitched, until one day the mutilated body of a prostitute shook her to the core. And it was not the last. Assisted by an insufferable mortuary student, she made the solution of these horrible crimes her top priority, while her family was falling apart and Jack the Ripper was always one step ahead, solidifying his reign of terror. But sometimes answers can do more damage than good.
“Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.”

Stalking Jack the Ripper was macabre. Gruesome. Ghastly.
Morbidly fascinating.
The descriptions could be so graphic, that bile rised up my throat. The ambience so eerie, I couldn't suppress my shivers. The mystery so tangible, my heart bet frantically in my chest. Kerri Maniscalco's palette contained gloomy colours, grey for the mist that covered London, black for the shadows that hid the Ripper's work, mixed with crimson red, for all the blood that was spilled. And in the middle of this canvas of death were two young forensic students, a boy and a girl, whose skills and wit would make Sherlock Holmes and Watson proud.


Wadsworth. A girl determined to be both pretty and fierce, a girl that fought for what she wanted, sick of the stereotypes against women and eager to prove them wrong. And while I couldn't help but admire her for her spirit, I did get angry at her a couple of times. I should hate to be judgemental, but why why why was she so reckless and impulsive? When there is a serial killer on the loose, who targets women and his savagery is unprecedented, you don't leave your house late at night, lurking near the sight of the murders, based on the belief that he won't attack you.

Cresswell. A rich young man, cold and distant when it comes to murders and corpses, but with a fire burning within him that awaits for the moment to be ignited. His replies are always witty and sarcastic, he is aware of his marvelous deduction skills and vast knowledge, and this makes him arrogant, but he is caring, and loyal, and I am so smitten it's ridiculous!

“Without lifting his head from his own journal, he said, “Not having any luck figuring me out, then? Don’t worry, you’ll get better with practice. And, yes”—he grinned wickedly, eyes fixed on his paper—“you’ll still fancy me tomorrow no matter how much you wish otherwise. I’m unpredictable, and you adore it. Just as I cannot wrap my massive brain around the equation of you and yet adore it.”

Get a spoon because I am a puddle of goo! Wadsworth and Cresswell are always bickering, driving each other crazy, and the attraction between them turns slowly into something deeper that does funny things to your stomach (which is pleasant after all the ugly things the body parts and fluids have done to said delicate stomach), while the tension sets you on fire!
“I don’t blame you, I am rather attractive. The tall, dark hero of your dreams, swooping in to save you with my vast intellect. You should accept my hand at once.”

Stalking Jack the Ripper is a superb debut, and I am all too eager to read the next adventures of Wadsworth and Cresswell! Great job, Kerri Maniscalco!

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270 reviews80k followers
January 10, 2020
ah, here it is, the first one star of the year (womp womp)

if you want a fluffy, historically inaccurate romp through 1888 london that is the kidz bop version of the ripper’s notorious crimes, read this book i guess

in it u will find:
1. anachronistic fake feminism doled out by audrey “i’m not like other girls!” rose, the only “capable” female character in this book that is ~supposedly~ full of girl-power!
2. an annoying love interest who is a clear sherlock holmes ripoff
3. an apparent lack of knowledge surrounding the 19th century and the serial killer that the book is named after
4. a killer whose identity is ridiculously obvious the first time they walk on page, and while i love the self-esteem boost that solving a twist provides, if you’ve ever read literally any thriller in your life you WILL guess who “jack the ripper” is and it WILL be disappointing
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Author 8 books66.6k followers
October 23, 2016
This is the first book I've really enjoyed reading after my horrid book slump and I LOVED it! I need more of Kerri's writing in my life, especially with her amazing characters like bloody Jack ;)
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614 reviews87.8k followers
October 11, 2017
The Short
Actual rating: 4.5*

Perfect for fans of: The Diviners by Libba Bray, A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (or if you've already read this and enjoyed it, you might like these!)

Writing: 4.5 stars
Characters: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Originality: 5 stars
(All out of 5 stars)

The Long
This was sooo good! I had heard such great things about this book, but knowing how mysteries are hit or miss with me, I was extremely skeptical.

What I expected:
A romance heavy mystery where I would be able to tell who was the culprit after one chapter (at most).

What I got:
A scientific approach to the infamous whodunnit' story of Jack the Ripper, featuring a strong heroine with a deep dedication to her forensic studies, constantly challenging what society deems is proper. (With just the right amount of romance, of course!)

I listened to the audiobook, which was awesome (I've already started the 2nd one). Despite the fact that I went the audiobook route, I still looked at the photos scattered throughout the story. They really enhanced the reading experience, making it feel like I was gathering bits of evidence alongside Audrey Rose as the story goes on.

The forensics that went into this story are where I believe it really stands out. As previously mentioned, I'm not a huge mystery fan so I don't have much authority on the matter, but this was one of the most unique YA mysteries I've ever read. You can tell the author took care not only to research her subject, Jack the Ripper, but also the nature of forensics as a whole. The anatomical descriptions painted grotesque pictures in my mind, bringing the victims mutilated state to life (please forgive the terrible pun but I am weak willed in the face of bad jokes).

Audrey Rose's position as a young woman in the Victorian era was an important aspect of the story as well. As a proper high society female, she is constantly underestimated and disrespected but she does not let circumstances limit her. She constantly questions why she, as a female, isn't thought to be as capable as her male counterparts and as such, always strives to prove said counterparts wrong. This isn't necessarily uncommon in YA, but this case was unique because it was a situation of the female outwitting her opponents not in a battle or political sense, but rather in terms of her intelligence, scientifically. Her fight to be able to be educated in her Uncle's classroom shows how important knowledge is to her and she proves, time and time again, that it is her most lethal weapon.

The murder mystery kept me guessing the whole time. I'm not terribly good at figuring out whodunnit' mysteries, so keep that in mind, but I felt like the twists and turns this story took were not easily anticipated. If I have one complaint, it's that it dragged a tiny bit at points. But it wasn't unbearably so. This kept me on the edge of my seat and made for a perfectly spooky Halloween read. If you're looking for a good book to pick up this October, give this one a chance, I think it will surprise you!
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595 reviews3,588 followers
November 22, 2016
"Lord help the girl he set those eyes for good. His boyish vulnerability was a weapon, powerful and disarming. I was thankful I wasn't the the kind of girl to lose my mind over a handsome face."

I originally gave this two stars, but the more I thought about it, the more pissed off I felt. Stalking Jack the Ripper is what happens if you drop a girl with 21st century "feminist" ideas in the Victorian era. Everything about Audrey Rose, from her speech to her actions, screams 2016.

"I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours were filled with steel and steam-driven parts."

Notice I put quotation marks around "feminist." Because this book is not feminist. Sure, it sells itself as such with a headstrong heroine with a smart mouth and an obsession with the macabre (which I enjoyed, to its credit), but it's lazy feminism. It's Julie Kagawa feminism or Kristin Cashore feminism. Audrey Rose is the only capable woman in the book. Everyone else is either on Team Evil, like her stuffy aunt and the sharp-tongued girls who only dream of serving their husband at the tea party, or utterly forgettable like her cousin.

I finished this book this afternoon and I can't even recall her name. That's how insubstantial she is. Just know that she's the Fun Best Friend, the kind that likes gossiping, clothes and sneaking off to make out with boys.

In contrast, the men play much bigger roles. There's Thomas Cresswell, her brother Nathaniel, her father, her uncle, the policeman, and the psychic who's wearing a baggy shirt with the words, "Fucking huge plot device" on it. They all play crucial roles in the narrative, and not just as a murdered prostitute. By casting Audrey Rose against this background of intelligent useful men and unmemorable worthless women, you're basically saying, "She's not like other girls. She's as good as a man," which I don't need to tell you is incredibly insulting. Why must value be measured in masculine terms? Why can't a woman be brilliant alongside a bunch of sisters from other misters who are also brilliant? I'm planning to write my MPhil English thesis on this topic and it gets me all fired up when other women have to be shoved down in order for the protagonist to rise, rise to hallowed hall of men and their power pyramid, where she's congratulated for not being part of that weak sex.

(It would have so cool if Audrey Rose cracked the case by interviewing prostitutes, lower-class women, etc and then using that information that's usually deemed trivial by men.)

Everything happens too conveniently for her. I have never seen her use an ounce of the logic and intelligence she claims to possesses. She stumbles onto clue after clue like a kid hunting for gumballs in a candy shop. It's even more infuriating considering she constantly waxes on about how able she is and how society is keeping her in chains, but it's men who helps her at every turn.

I have huge problems with Audrey Rose's mom being Indian with "honey-colored skin" too. Colonialism is a sensitive topic and it's not treated with enough respect in this narrative. (Am I surprised at this point? No.) Audrey Rose eats naan at a circus, recounts memories of saris, and that's all we get from her heritage. It's like this white girl who is 1/16 Native American going around, proudly announcing her roots and how she can't possibly be racist, and maybe wearing a Tiger Lily costume for Halloween. It's disrespectful and poorly conceptualized.

I understand this is going to be a series with two more books. Maybe it'll redeem itself. But I'm not wasting any more time and money on this series.

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331 reviews1,774 followers
April 16, 2023
4.45/5 ⭐

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Quick statement: the title feels both puerile and scary at the same time and I don’t know what do make out of this information.
But still.

Aren’t y’all living for the macabre? Because I kind of do sometimes and it actually disturbs me more than it should but how can I come across a title like Stalking Jack the Ripper and don’t go okay, I need to read that just because.

I wasn’t completely sure what was I expecting from this book when I first started it. I mean, my curiosity was totally aroused but it felt weird to be reading such a thing.

I kind of lived in prejudice my whole life so I’m always going to judge my own actions like there were someone else’s. And this was the case with this book but hear me out: it has a childish vibe that I wasn’t sure my almost-adult brain would approve of, despite the fact that was definitely gory.

It actually started gory and it caught me off guard. But you know what? I enjoyed it very much overall and if I enjoyed it then to hell with everything. It deserves my praise!

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

Jack the Ripper is a well-known figure in the history of maniacal murderers. At some degree, everyone has heard at least partially about him. Which is terribly terrifying, if you ask me.

I am not really well-suited to dig in scientific facts about what caused this man to go cuckoo bird. But I can tell you this: some people are monsters and that’s that.

I am pretty impressed with Kerri Maniscalco’s idea of taking the story of this dirty monster and twisting it into a bestseller that is not totally absurd. I mean, she does give a shine to it, if you think better of it.

I, for instance, would have never been so brave to turn the story of a murderer into something sick and enjoyable at once. It’s like she made up a whole new reality for the psycho and that’s kinda neat.

“Monsters were supposed to be scary and ugly. They weren’t supposed to hide behind friendly smiles and well-trimmed hair.”

Yet another neat experience in this book: the documentation.

I admire well-informed people and I am a fan of accuracy, so when facing a book that demands both scientific and historical documentation and accuracy I wake up the little old woman inside me ready to argue anything badly placed. But as far as I am concerned, the anatomical aspect of the novel is very accurate and even though the historical timeline has suffered some adjustments, as long as it fell well into place I am not complaining about anything.

I could give a whole star only for the pictures placed at the beginning of every chapter. They were real pictures of sickly interesting things and I loved them and the idea of placing them there.

Also, very important here: I felt like the book was a weird combination of Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein and the story of Jack the Ripper that fell in places pretty well. It’s like all the things that make my brain go psycho met for coffee, it’s amazing.


Audrey Rose Wadsworth is kind of a girlish tomboy, if that makes any sense at all. But this is how she is and she is great that way. She’s smart, she’s beautiful and she has a deep fascination for the macabre, which is such a wrong thing for a young lady like her. Bullshit. But that’s how the society thinks in order to keep her wifey and disciplined. What’s there more than knowing how to dress for a proper royal tea party? Oh, yes, only knowing how to stitch the perfect handkerchief, of course (double bullshit).

“I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother had said I could be. Just because I was interested in a man's job didn't mean I had to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?”

Audrey Rose hates being told what to do. She feels very rebellious. And I like that about her. A sister can do what a sister wants to do and there’s nothing wrong with it. And the smug heartthrob that Thomas Cresswell is sees this and encourages her to go wild. And I’m living for this.

Thomas is another male character I’ve recently fallen in love with and at this point I just have them coming like that. He has a huge sexy brain, an equally huge but less sexy ego and a huge and even kind of sexier shamefulness, which me likes. He’s also terribly cheeky but gentle at the same time. How can one not add him to the never-ending “book-love-interest” list?


His relationship with Audrey Rose is definitely a slow-burn and I love it, especially because it is sprinkled from time to time with the shameless flirting Thomas inflicts on Audrey Rose and also with a candid type of falling in love from both of them. They’re totally precious!

“Why don't you talk to me about what's really troubling you? What emotional dilemma needs sorting out?” He patted his legs. “Sit here and I'll rock you gently until you or I or both fall asleep.”

Also, romance and all aside, if you think that you have guessed who’s behind all the murdering stuff then there is a high chance that you might be wrong. Just sayin’.

I mean, I was so sure that I knew who the killer is just for me to get rubbed in the face by the fact that I wasn’t actually paying attention to the details in order to see the big picture clearly. I haven’t guessed the killer and I had all the facts right in front of my eyes.

Kerri Maniscalco really let me feverishly believe I was a smart-ass and then struck me down with my own stupidity. Ugh, that was a genius move against me, actually.

What can I say more? I am super impressed with this first book and I mean it. I didn’t think it was going to make me enjoy it so. It even gave me time to analyse other amazing facts hidden in there – like the more or less obvious female empowerment scenes and passages or witnessing a bit of a young girl’s anarchy against patriarchy.

“No man has invented a corset for our brains. Let them think they rule the world. It's a queen who sits on that throne.”

It really felt like this book’s essence. And I loved and appreciate it.

All in all, what a great book it was (for me).

Any thoughts on it you might have, I am here to read them. I’ll give this a chance.
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3,538 reviews9,967 followers
January 26, 2020

Damn it all! If every time I decided to have a snack, I picked up this book and it would be at a morbidly, graphic part of the book! Hence, said snacking ceased to exist! 😄

There were parts of the book that were a tad boring but overall I think it was great. There are also pictures through-out the book. I might add some later.

Audrey works with her uncle cutting up cadavers and doing gross stuff they do with trying to find out causes of death and what have you. Thomas is also a student that is learning as well. They both get caught up on trying to find out who Jack The Ripper was as one of the girls worked as a servant at Audrey's home. I think she was there for like a day, but still. Then it became a thing for Audrey and Thomas to find this mad man to stop the killings.

And I knew who the Ripper was in the first few chapters. The author added some things to try to make you think it was someone else. BUT. . .

I liked Audrey's uncle even though he was a bit nutty. Thomas grew on me. Audrey got on my nerves from time to time. Audrey's dad was nice but had a lot of sadness. And Audrey's brother, Nathaniel, I crushed on for a bit there. He wasn't in the book much but still.

The ending was completely sad and I really loved the way the author set it up. I have read other Ripper books whose ending was a big let down. The end of this book was sad AND morbid. The end, end was sweet and leads us into the next book!!! Yessssssss 😄

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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Shelved as 'dnf'
November 4, 2016
DNF after 5 chapters. Loved the beginning, which has the heroine literally up to her elbows with a cadaver in an autopsy room. But the deliberate visceral appeal of those types of scenes, reminiscent of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, are hampered by thin romantic beginnings, mannered dialogue, and an anachronistic hammering of modern feminist attitudes.

Since people love to kneejerk-complain over observations like the last one, I'll spell it out clearly for the trolls in simple language.



To build a convincing historical world and heroine, you must acknowledge the mores and manners of the time if you are to subvert them. See MY LADY JANE, A TASTE FOR MONSTERS, The Infernal Devices series, and yes, THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER for just a few examples of heroines who defy society without seeming like girls from the year 2016 conveniently transported to another time.

We get it. You're not like other 19th century girls.
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April 19, 2020
”Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.”

Okay, let’s start this review with a little bit of background knowledge I gathered before I read the actual book and take it from there. ;-) As always I got aware of “Stalking Jack the Ripper” because so many of my friends on here read it and thus it was all over my feed. It doesn’t take much to figure that I wasn’t only intrigued by the promise but also by the idea behind the book. I mean who isn’t curious about Jack the Ripper? It’s THE unsolved mystery everyone knows about and people’s theories about his true identity are still running wild.

So of course I wanted to jump that hype train and see where this was heading. Truth be told, the reviews about this book are rather mixed and by discovering the controversial opinions of other bloggers I couldn’t help but find out what this means for me. Did I enjoy the book? Yes, I did. Was it what I expected? Well, yeah pretty much! Did I find out who the culprit was? Yep, I think it wasn’t that hard to deduce, but I still enjoyed reading about Audrey Rose’s and Thomas’s musings.

I guess what it ultimately boils down to is the expectations you have when you start reading this book. If you want to be entertained and like slow paced stories that animate you to think, if you enjoy fictional books that are built on real evidence, if you dig two characters that are like cat and mouse “Stalking Jack the Ripper” will most certainly be the right book for you.

If you dislike male leads that are self-assured and always voice their “dirty thoughts”, if you don’t like the idea of modern day feminism in a historical fiction book, if you’re no huge fan of knowing the OTP right from the start and if you’ve read or seen too many whodunnits and are an observant person you might not enjoy this though.

Okay, admittedly I knew who the killer was pretty early on in the book, but since I mostly fall into the first category I found myself enjoying the book. ;-P Also Thomas Cresswell! Honestly, I can’t resist a sexy Sherlock Holmes ever since I saw the movies with Robert Downey Jr. and discovered the series with Benedict Cumberbatch. *drools* And before I continue to rave about dear Mr. Cresswell (heaven knows he’s already way too cocksure of himself) I’ll head right into my characters section! ;-P

The characters:

Welcome to Whitechapel, where robbers, pickpockets and one particular murderer roam the streets at night! If you don’t want to end up against a wall either robbed or spoiled out of your mind you better don’t continue this venture into the unknown. This is a fair warning, you better heed it! ;-P

Audrey Rose:

”My hands fisted at my sides. I refused, absolutely refused to let this cruel treatment of a woman stand. I’d do everything in my power to solve this case for Miss Nichols. And for any other voiceless girl or woman society ignored.”

I’m going to be honest here: Audrey Rose wasn’t as brilliant as I expected her to be but she was likeable enough. *lol* Okay, that doesn’t sound like I was all too persuaded by her, but I guess I just read way too many YA books and most of the heroines follow the same pattern. I liked that she had a rather unconventional “hobby” and was so fascinated by the human body and I’ve to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed how she handled Thomas and her father. XD Still, she was rather stereotypical and I hope that her character will get more unique as the series proceeds. There’s still room for improvement and I genuinely hope that Kerri Maniscalco will use the rest of the series in order to develop Audrey Rose’s character. As far as I know this was her debut though so I’m quite confident that she’ll make it work! ;-P

”One needn’t be strong in only physical matters – a strong mind and will were fierce to behold as well.”

”While it wasn’t something I relished, it was the hard truth. I was a young girl growing up in a world run by old men. I’d pick and choose my battles wisely.”

Thomas Cresswell:

”Golden-brown eyes were perfectly set into an angular face, as if Leonardo da Vinci had painted him himself. If only my lashes were as luxuriant. His chin was squared, giving him a look of steadfast determination. Even his nose was thin and regal, giving an air of alertness to his every expression. If he weren’t so infuriatingly aware of his own intelligence, he’d be quite attractive, I supposed.”

Entrance: The irresistible love interest! ;-P Honestly, it’s almost impossible not to like Thomas! At least not if you’ve a weakness for obnoxious, presumptuous, complacent, cocksure, smug and irritating men like him! Which I obviously do. *lol* I loved the arrogant “Sherlock Holmes” vibe I got from him and I really enjoyed the way he thought. Not saying I’m a Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot myself, but I tend to be very observant as well and I like to think outside of the box so we definitely seem to have that in common. Plus that sass and his audacity! I loved it! It kind of reminded me of myself (after all my blog is named “The Sassy Library Fox” for a reason ;-P) and so I could relate to him. Cheeky, brilliant bastard! <333 I want more of him and can’t wait to read the next book, especially because I’m sure that there’s a very intriguing backstory to discover. =)

”Why don’t you talk to me about what’s really troubling you? What emotional dilemma needs sorting out?” He patted his legs. “Sit here and I’ll rock you gently until you or I or both fall asleep.”

”Ah. There’s something about you saying my name that sounds like a blessed curse,” he said. “If you can work up a good hand gesture to go along with it, that’d be exceptional.”

Uncle Jonathan:

”I stole a glance at him, but his gaze was fixed hungrily on the corpse. At times the darkness in his eyes terrified me more than the dead we butchered.”

Uncle Johnathan definitely had a creepy vibe about him but I don’t blame him for being so curious and totally absorbed by his passion. It was obvious that he lived and breathed his profession or should I rather say his calling? Despite everything I never suspected him to be Jack the Ripper though. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for the police and I was really sorry for him when he ended up in that asylum. I’m sure there’s more to Uncle Jonathan’s story as well and once again I hope that Kerri Maniscalco will explore it in one of the next books.

Cousin Liza:

”Wield your assets like a blade, Cousin. No man has invented a corset for our brains. Let them think they rule the world. It’s a queen who sits on that throne. Never forget that. There’s no reason you can’t wear a simple frock to work, then don the finest gown and dance the night away. But only if it pleases you.”

I really liked her cousin Liza and I wish we would have gotten more of her. I kind of admired how she found a balance between what society expected of her and what she truly believed and thought. With a mother like hers this couldn’t have been easy but she was clever enough to play along with her mother’s views and not to defy her outright. Something that can’t be said for Audrey Rose and the way she dealt with her father. *lol* This said Liza’s approach was way more diplomatic and skilful, which automatically caused her to be in my good books. XD Can we please get more Liza in “Hunting Prince Dracula”?

Superintendent Blackburn:

Blackburn walked around his desk, dropping into the chair behind it and rubbing his eyes. ”Perhaps running the estate as my father had wanted isn’t such a bad idea. I can handle a vast amount, but this is a bit much. How horrid can a life of leisure and politics be?”

I know he was supposed to be some sort of antagonist but I somehow started to like him? Haha! I mean alone that quote above! *lol* He respects Audrey Rose and her work and even though his way to court her was totally wrong he still made an effort which is more than can be said for other men during that time. =) I think he might be more Liza’s calibre though so I’d totally ship those two if they’d meet one day. <3 As for now he was a nice addition to the cast and I’m sure he has his own interesting story to tell.

The relationships & ships:

Audrey Rose & Thomas:

Without lifting his head from his own journal, he said, “Not having any luck figuring me out, then? Don’t worry, you’ll get better with practice. And, yes” – he grinned wickedly, eyes fixed on his paper – “you’ll still fancy me tomorrow no matter how much you wish otherwise. I’m unpredictable, and you adore it. Just as I cannot wrap my massive brain around the equation of you and yet adore it.”

I just loved Thomas unapologetic and unashamed flirting with Audrey Rose! *lol* There’s a man that knows what he wants and I’m sure she captured his interest way earlier than we see in the book. In fact I’m pretty certain that she’s been on his radar for months already and the fact that he instantly knew who she was and worked with her uncle for quite a while indicates that this was no instalove! At least not for him, which was truly refreshing. Also did anyone else die when his composure finally crumpled and we got to see the real Thomas that’s hiding behind his calculating mind?! Thomas totally losing his mind because he was afraid someone would harm Audrey Rose was one of the best things about this book. <333 Yes, it’s tropey, yes it’s stereotypical but I still loved it! *lol* Can’t help it but I’m weak for such boys. XD Plus their easy banter was so amusing to read. I might have known that those two would end up together from the very moment they met but it was still fun to watch it unfold and I’m looking forward to more of those moments and scenes.

”Hurry along, then,” I said, grabbing my orchid and securing it safely in my journal. “I want to sit by the window.”
“What now?” I asked, losing patience.
“I usually sit by the window. You may have to sit in my lap.”

”If you’d like to see me out of my breeches, simply ask, Wadsworth. I’m more than happy to accommodate you on that front.”

I took a steadying breath. Thomas was a complete wreck. I gently touched his face, drawing his attention to me. “Thomas. What –“
“I thought I was going to lose you.” He ran both hands through his hair, pacing away and coming back. “I saw blood – I thought He’d slit your throat. I thought – “ He covered his face with his hands, collecting himself for a few breaths, then fixed his attention on me, swallowing hard. “You must know what you mean to me? Surely you must know how I feel about you, Audrey Rose. The thought of losing you...”

Audrey Rose & her father:

”I was unaware keeping abreast of the daily news was inappropriate. Perhaps I shall spend my time, and your money, on new corsets to bind my will from my lips,” I said sweetly. “Wearing something so constricting ought to tether my vocal cords nicely. Wouldn’t you agree?”

Talk about a complicated and strenuous father-daughter relationship. Those two didn’t give each other an inch and I could understand why. >_< Audrey Rose’s father was still grieving for his wife and he obviously loved his daughter and wanted to keep her from harm. Yet at the same time he being so strict pushed her away from him. The more he tried to keep her close the more she rebelled. The things she said to him though! *lol* I was like WOAH, GIRL! O_o Still, I’m glad they managed to sort things out in the end and that they got closer once again. <3 I just hope their relationship will continue to be on a good terms in those next few books. Also: No surprise Thomas won her father over! XD He watched out for his girl and saved her so which kind of father wouldn’t approve of a boy like that? ;-)

”Those who deserve respect are given it freely. If one must demand such a thing, he’ll never truly command it. I am your daughter, not your horse, sir.”

”Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows. My misguided intentions were good, but I’m afraid they didn’t turn out as I’d planned.” He tapped his heart. “I thought by keeping you close, keeping you safe in our home, I could protect you from such monsters.”

Audrey Rose & her brother Nathaniel:

”Father will go berserk if he discovers what you’re really doing. I fear his grasp on reality is most delicate these days. His delusions are becoming ... worrisome.”

I saw this coming from miles away and truth be told I already got suspicious about Nathaniel when he told Audrey Rose that he and his friends were trying to protect the citizens of London. There’s no better way to disguise your dark deeds than to claim that you’re out at night in order to keep others safe. Who would suspect a righteous person like that? (Except of me, of course. *lol*) When it comes down to the 3 most important questions it wasn’t hard to deduce who was the murderer though. You might call them the three “w”. Who has a motive? Who had a good alibi? And who had the perfect opportunity? It was way too easy to suspect Audrey Rose’s uncle, Thomas or her father. They were the obvious choices and so I didn’t even suspect them. Pity Audrey Rose didn’t do the same. She was so hung up on the idea of her father being Jack the Ripper that she didn’t even see all those obvious signs. Bless Thomas for keeping a cool head in her stead. XD Also she loved her brother dearly and made the mistake of trusting him blindly. Beginner’s mistake. ;-P Still, I understand why she couldn’t wrap her head around the idea of him being the murderer and it’s always tough when it’s your own family....


“Stalking Jack the Ripper” was a very entertaining and easy read. Admittedly some of the more gory details might not be for the faint-hearted, being a scaredy fox myself I didn’t think that it was all too bad though. ;-P If you like a little mystery, easy banter and a slow-moving plot this might be the right book for you. =)


Is it wise to start with a 7th book?

Am I going to start it anyway?
Yes, yes, I am. *lol*

I need to get my reading groove on and hopefully “Stalking Jack the Ripper” will help.

Things I want to find out:
1.) Is Audrey Rose really as brilliant as everyone claims her to be?
2.) Is the infamous Thomas Cresswell going to steal my heart?
3.) Will I really lose my appetite while reading some of the more gory scenes?
4.) Am I going to find out who the culprit is?

Let’s find an answer to all of those questions! ;-P
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1,097 reviews17.7k followers
August 29, 2018
Listen, I am acknowledging this is not the best book ever written. But I am also telling you that I liked reading it a lot. It is no-holds-barred entertainment with hints of substance underneath that I’m hoping continue to develop .

Audrey Rose does autopsies. On cadavers. This is obviously not generally considered acceptable for societal women in 1888. She is kind of not the most street smart person ever and keeps doing things that are completely lacking in common sense. I do not respect or like this about her. However, I like her as a concept [and no one ever said I had to be consistent]. Despite doing Things That Anyone Could Tell You Are Not Smart, she’s an interesting character with well-done emotional arcs.

Also, I shockingly like the character of Thomas Cresswell? I think I was expecting stock asshole YA hero, but that’s not what I got. He’s not trying to be an asshole, he’s just genuinely obtuse about other people’s human emotions and other people in general. Which I like because I on some level relate. I like that the love interest has that trait, which is something I think we as a society usually frame as making a person terrible.

In terms of the feminism I was kind of… no. Full disclosure, I do think this narrative will improve in further books. But the thing is, this book is not really that feminist. I honestly think my favorite Em, who also has read this book and also really likes Thomas Cresswell, put it best [as usual] - this book was so caught up in showcasing Audrey going against societal rules that it completely ignored and overshadowed other women in the narrative, and it is a lazy decision. And as she also pointed out, Audrey’s Indian heritage is basically glossed over. I have two original thoughts. My first original thought is that this book could have discussed colonialism way more if it were willing to make Audrey Rose’s dad a more nuanced character. [This is a really boring thought that everyone has already had]. Love that the heroine is half-Indian, but like… it is the 1880s in Britain and India is being brutalized right now. That would have been nice to mention once or twice, my guy. My second thought is that Thomas Cresswell should definitely have been a girl. Because the thing about this novel is it contains approximately four main characters aside from Audrey Rose, and all of them - by nature of the narrative and what it’s saying about male privilege - need to be men. Except for Thomas. And a book about two girls kicking ass and saving London together is sort of obviously more feminist than a book about one girl and one guy. Yes, I’m saying this book would be better if it were gayer, and yes, I’m right. Thanks.

And now we get to the topic of the killer review, which you should not read about because going in without knowledge is always good! Okay, the funny thing is that enough people said the killer was obvious “from chapter two” that I was really expecting it to be even more obvious than it was, and I ended up thinking it was the most obvious candidate instead of the actual killer for like half the book, until I finally realized that was just way too obvious. So yeah, fine, the reveal is kind of easy to guess. But… I still like this killer reveal. This killer reveal is good because it doesn’t really depend on shocking you? I had heavily considered the possibility and it still just made me sad for Audrey Rose. Which I think makes for an overall stronger reveal.

Anyway, I think this review is probably over because I’m tired of writing it. But I thought this book was really entertaining. I haven't read book two yet - that might be the source of my decision on whether to recommend this - but I mean, I did enjoy it. Guiltily. So you might too.

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332 reviews1,444 followers
July 10, 2023
I am no longer my own bitch, I am Thomas Cresswells bitch.

This book makes me want to dress in corsests and pretty dresses and look for a murderer with my hot, flirty, academic rival.

Thomas Cresswell was the star of this book, there is no contender. And no, I do not care that this book was a murder investigation and that Thomas was in about 150 pages of this book. He was the highlight.

”Personally i’d rather stay in reading”

I would love to stay in reading with you Mr Thomas Cresswell. Come on, this man is hot, smart, flirty, funny and loves to read rather than going out.

I'm thinking that this man in my soulmate and not Audry Roses. We both enjoy academic validation, reading and staying away from crowds.

And the way he talks to her oh my lord I think ive meted

”my heart bellongs to you”

”I thought I was going to lose you”

”You must know how much you mean to me”

Thomas Cresswell ya’ll. That's it, that's all I have to say. I'm speechless. He is perfect. and he's fictional absolutely ridiculous

4.5 stars
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1,604 reviews10.7k followers
January 7, 2023
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first installment of the series of the same name, is a gripping YA Mystery set in Victorian London.

From the start, I was drawn to the intrepid protagonist, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her charming friend, Thomas Cresswell, isn't bad either!

Audrey Rose is a great character, although at times, I'll admit, she's a little flat.

The idea behind her is really one I can get behind, however. A young lady who doesn't buckle under the pressures of conventional society. We stan.

Audrey Rose wants to use her mind and more specifically, she wants to use it to study forensic medicine and thusly, crime.

She apprentices with her Uncle, which they have to keep secret from her father and the rest of the world.

Her Uncle teaches at a local college, as well as consults with the local law enforcement on violent crimes.

When the Jack the Ripper killings begin, the bodies are brought to his laboratory to be examined. Due to that, Audrey Rose becomes interested and tangentially involved with the case.

It is during this early stage of the investigation that she first meets Thomas and a sort of hate-to-love relationship begins.

This is one of my favorite tropes, so I was absolutely down for that. The banter between them is really sweet and Thomas stole my heart right from the start.

A Victorian London setting is one of my favorites, but for me this didn't really feel that way.

I felt like it could have been set anywhere. The atmosphere wasn't as rich as I hoped it would be. Really, that's my only gripe with this book.

Well, that and the fact that I felt certain sections dragged a bit or were slightly unnecessary.

Overall, I thought the mystery was fun and I did like the risky situations that Audrey Rose put herself in.

I definitely plan to continue on with the series. In fact, the last page of this book probably bumped my star rating a half star.

I believe the next book features the legend of Dracula, so, totally my aesthetic!

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908 reviews1,627 followers
June 21, 2020

Stalking Jack the Ripper (#1) - ★★★★★
Hunting Prince Dracula (#2) - ★★★★★
Escaping from Houdini (#3) - ★★★★★
Capturing the Devil (#4) - ★★★★★

[10/08/2019] - I got my school bookclub to chose this book as their monthly pick! I'M AN INFLUENCER GUYS


[9/15/2019] -

[Credit: Kerri Maniscalco]


[9/10/2019] - POP QUIZ! Anybody recognize this voice?

I read this stupendous novel nearly a year ago and I was super excited to re-read it. It was amazing BUT I almost felt like I was reading a different book. The overall book felt the same but the glaring detail I kept noticing was the ridiculous feminism being constantly shoved down my throat. Listen, I am 100% all for empowering young girls and women in general but it was so cheesy and cliche. As the world-famous emma mentioned in her amazing (but also heartbreaking) review there was way too much focus on feminism and not conforming to society's rules which made the book a little less enjoyable. Fortunately, that went away at the halfway point and the book was just as good, if not better as I remembered
Five stars. Of course. I listened to the entire thing while at DC. No, I don't have pictures because I was tired, hungry and dehydrated.

Let the yearly re-read commence!!!!!
September is coming. I will be doing my yearly re-read and re-review of my all time fave!


I just got the offer to visit a cadaver lab!!! Should I go?! 😯😯


My heart is full of emotion. Full of hurt. Full of surprise, love and hate. Full.
I am deeming this one of my most favorite books ever. Every other mystery pales in comparison.
Of all the mysteries I have read in my life, never have they had such great characters. Audrey Rose was my favorite. She's such a strong, bold young woman. She is an amazing role model.
The setting of 1800's in London honestly put me off from reading this for the longest time, because I really don't like historical fiction. To my surprise, it didn't read like a historical fiction and could have easily taken place in the future and it would be the same. The story held my interest from the beginning and I was kept guessing until the end.
The end was amazing. I'm not going to spoil. This story was based on the real mystery of Jack the Ripper from the 1880's. As you may or may not know, that mystery was never solved and so obviously the ending is fictitious but it's still amazing how the author works real events into the story.

Audiobook Comments:
It was great. It's read with a British accent and the reader has great inflection and voices.

Bottom Line:
5 Stars: A must read for anyone who lives a good mystery.
Age Recommendation: 15+ (Gore, Murder, Brief Language)
TW: Gore

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2,555 reviews35.7k followers
September 24, 2019
ive always had a morbid curiosity about serial killers. i find them absolutely fascinating and jack the ripper is one of the most notorious ones, so i knew right away this would be my cup of tea.

what i didnt expect to enjoy so thoroughly were the characters. i really appreciate what audrey roses character stands for - i love the idea of women making their own place in a society that dictates how to behave, what to wear, how to speak, etc. i really like that she always acts upon her curiosity, even when it is perceived as unladylike.

but, i mean, if i had my own thomas cresswell, im pretty sure i would be doing all kinds of improper things just to be near him, too. amirite, ladies? he is giving off big ‘will herondale meets sherlock’ energy and my heart just cant take it.

athough the characters are great and the story is fun, it is very predictable. it kind of took away the enjoyment for me to a degree, so i wish it hadnt been so obvious, but the motive is new and original. especially since there has always been so much speculation about the jack the ripper.

anyways, this was an entertaining read and i hope the series continues to be just as fun!

4 stars
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1,484 reviews79.1k followers
July 14, 2019
Oh boy. Please don't come after me, but y'all.... I did not play well with this one.


I'm not going to hash out everything here, because I'm clearly in the minority, and also because you can read all of my similar thoughts on Jamieson's review HERE.

To sum it up, the whodunnit was predictable from the first moment the villain was introduced on page, none of the interesting factors, such as Audrey's biracial heritage, were explored beyond inclusion for mere cosmetic detail, and DEAR GOD I WAS BORED. I've heard so much about people adoring Thomas Cresswell, but he didn't feel any different than a carbon copy of the many book boyfriends that precede him in other series, minus the fact that he is thrown into the Victorian era rather than modern day. I hate that I didn't love this, but I also feel like it's best for me to stop with the series here, instead of forcing myself to continue on just because these books have worked so well for other readers. If you enjoy YA historical romance, this one may work well for you.
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180 reviews1,242 followers
July 23, 2021
“What is a man's soul made of that a woman's is not?”
The story features a strong and courageous female protagonist, Audrey Rose whose interest in autopsies overpowers her fear of ostracisation in the society and of her over-protective father. During the period when other girls of her age were courted by suitors, Audrey spent most of her time at her Uncle's, unearthing the mysteries of a diabolical serial killer Jack The Ripper , indulging in the acts of human dissection and witnessing sick barbarity inflicted by him on his victims.

The story was everything it promised to be and more. Audrey's desire to be something more than what the society expected of her was laudable. She is driven by her need to prove herself worthy of her Uncle's teachings. But then, she also is driven by her desire to prove her worth to her Uncle's apprentice, the very handsome and charming Thomas Creswell .
When she first meets Thomas, instant sparks fly and we realise that there is more to their connection than just their common interest over the dead. When the plot twists don't please you, their conversations definitely will, or at least, Thomas will.

The best part about the book is it stays true to its storyline, without lingering much on the romantic aspects. Although constant flirtations and teasings weave in and out throughout their investigation, they treat each other like equals, discussing their theories, ideas and drawing conclusions. One moment, Thomas is super charming in his own roundabout way and the other moment, he's serious about the investigation, almost without emotions, dissecting human bodies and scrutinising their psyche. Their romance unfolds slowly and smoothly, making us gorge the decadence of those tiny moments.

The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is because the main plot twist (the identity of Jack The Ripper) was predictable. Nonetheless, minor plot twists are dropped here and there in the story.

All in all, I loved the plot, Thomas Creswell and the narration, and I rate this book 3.5
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316 reviews115k followers
January 10, 2017
3.5 Stars! I went very back and forth with this book. In the beginning, I absolutely adored the story but as it progressed, I frequently found myself loosing interest. Serial killers are a huge subject of fascination for me, so I was a little disappointed I didn't enjoy the story as much as everyone else. It's likely that my own expectations for the novel weren't fulfilled, which is why it wasn't a favorite. Despite all that, I did still enjoy it. It was fun and fairly entertaining. I think I just would have liked a more developed, in-depth story about investigating one of the most baffling unsolved murder cases in history.
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382 reviews1,010 followers
January 4, 2019

“Wield your assets like a blade, Cousin. No man has invented a corset for our brains. Let them think they rule the world. It’s a queen who sits on that throne. Never forget that. There’s no reason you can’t wear a simple frock to work, then don the finest gown and dance the night away. But only if it pleases you.”

Who else was legitimately obsessed with all 56 Nancy Drew novels, all 21 Famous Five novels, and the 4 classic Sherlock Holmes novels growing up??? I had binoculars, monoculars, magnifying glasses, listening devices, codebreaking books, fingerprinting kits...the whole works! I literally thought that I’d be a detective or a forensic investigator in the future!!! (Then, I realised that I’m rubbish at sciences and there went that dream… xD)

My favourite course that I’ve ever taken was a Forensics Science elective in high school (and I’m currently a Master’s student at uni, so how sad is that, by the way?), where we learnt how to investigate a crime scene, forensic anthropology, forensic odontology, blunt force trauma, blood spatter, ballistics, hair and fibres, fingerprints, arson, forgery, handwriting analysis, serial killers, presenting evidence in a courtroom, and more! We even got to create our own crime scenes (leaving behind trace evidence to use as clues), whilst also having to solve the cases of our classmates! Needless to say, when Maica recommended this to me, I was ecstatic! Thanks so much, lovely! <3

Unfortunately, this buddy read with Saman and Bhavik was only a 4-star rating because, despite my enjoyment of the novel, for a mystery…I shouldn’t have correctly guessed the murderer by CHAPTER FOUR. I’m not going to spoil Jack the Ripper’s identity for you, but I found that the author’s choice for the serial killer came across as lazy plotting. It was too neat and easy. I would’ve liked something a bit more complex. A bunch of possible suspects with equally viable motives would’ve greatly improved this novel. As the novel progressed, the author also left glaringly obvious hints as to the killer’s identity, which was completely unnecessary. I would’ve preferred it to be more of a surprise. All great mysteries hinge on varying degrees of subtlety, something that this book certainly lacks.

Having said that, there’s this Canadian crime drama telly series, named Motive, which I love. The gist of it is that every episode begins with the revelation of both the victim and the killer. The audience must piece together the evidence and clues throughout the episode along with the homicide detective, to make the connection between the victim and the killer, making this show a “whydunit”, rather than a typical “whodunit”. I approached this book from the same angle, once I figured out Jack’s identity. Since we were told the identities of the victims and the killer was fairly obvious, I spent the duration of the novel trying to determine the motive behind the killer’s actions. I highly recommend doing this, as well. It will definitely improve your enjoyment of this novel!!! Regardless, the Sherlock Holmes deduction-game style of writing was very entertaining! :D

“You simply need to hone your powers of deduction, Wadsworth. Look at the obvious and go from there. Most people ignore what’s right before their eyes. They believe they see, but oftentimes only view what they want.”

Audrey Rose Wadsworth was an absolutely wonderful protagonist. She was a firm believer in gender equality and refused to conform to English society’s conventions in the 1880-era. Her sassy personality also resonates with us, living today in the 21st century. She’s not a doormat, who is satisfied in a meek position that’s subservient to a man. Rather than enjoying social teas like her peers, she preferred to spend her time studying forensic science in her Uncle’s laboratory. She was very kind and wished to bring justice to all of the murdered women that society had no care for, as they held unsavoury positions as prostitutes. If I had one complaint about her character, it would be the fact that her internal feminist monologue was awfully repetitive. The same thing was said over and over again in a variety of ways, which would grate on anyone’s nerves, no matter how much I agreed with it.

“I’d do everything in my power to solve this case for Miss Nichols. And for any other voiceless girl or woman society ignored.”

As Maica promised, I was completely enamoured by Thomas Cresswell!!! <3 Sorry, Maica, but I’m stealing him away! MINE MINE MINE!!! :P Despite his boldness and arrogance, I also found him to be simultaneously witty and charming. I adored his entertaining banter with Audrey and how he loved to tease her. He was also incredibly sweet: “'I went to several shops trying to find the exact scent...' He looked at his hands. 'I wanted to purchase it for you.'” Their scenes together made me so happy and giddy! His detective skills were also fan-bloody-tastic as he channelled his inner-Sherlock Holmes, perhaps even putting Holmes to shame (not really, but it felt like it, at times). I have a feeling that he’ll make it onto my never-ending book-boyfriend list in no time!!!

I really loved this book, which was an excellent début novel, and I can’t wait to read Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping from Houdini. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy historical romances and mystery novels! :)
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May 23, 2018
5/23/18 Update:

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8/27/17 Update

There's a special one day promotion going on where you can get SJTR for $1.99! (Check online retailers to snag a copy.) Ends tonight at midnight!

4/6/17 update

i forgot to include the exclusive 1st chapter excerpt from SJTR book #2 (aka Hunting Prince Dracula) here!



For those who are interested, the first chapter is up on Entertainment Weekly. Enjoy!!! <333 http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/20/...

i am THRILLED to share these characters with all of you, dear readers and friends. my main character, Audrey Rose, is a kick-butt sort of girl, one who refuses to fit into the corseted mold society places on her, choosing to carve her own way in the world instead. she fights for these women's stories to be heard after they were silenced forever. i hope you fall in love with her (and her infuriating partner-in-crime, Thomas) the same way i have. Fall 2016, here we come! xoxoxo
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April 13, 2018
"Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.”

yeah so ,, this was incredibly disappointing for me and everyone should just go watch the buzzfeed unsolved episode instead BECAUSE SHANE AND RYAN NEVER LET ME DOWN LIKE THIS BOOK DID.

this book has so many issues all of which we will be going into later but the thing is, I probably could have overlooked them to some degree if this book was at least entertaining but despite this book a murder mystery and based on true crime it was so, so boring

I definitely expected this book to have more direction. We're introduced to Audrey - a girl interested in science and crime. When murders start happening in her area she's compelled to investigate. I was expecting a pointed, driven book as Audrey raced to solve the crime but honestly this book was a romance in which Audrey randomly stumbled upon clues and considering Audrey was supposed to be bright and bold she was .. kind of dumb. I mean literally everyone I've seen review this book said they guessed who the murderer was on chapter 2, and so did I.

On top of that, she just puts herself into ridiculous, silly situations. Like wandering off alone at night when there's a murderer, or stalking people into dark alleys, and I just was like GIRL I thought you were smart.

And this all leads me to talking about Audrey Rose as a character because going into this I wanted to love her. But the whole time reading it I just wanted her to shut the hell up. her monologues about feminism were hollow and irritating and listen, I'm all for feminist characters, but WHY OH WHY are you trying to play off a girl who complains about girls at literally every oppurtunity as a feminist. Audrey Rose IS the "I'm not like other girls" girl and, seriously, you're not gonna sell that girls feminism to me.

But we're gonna get back to feminism in this book in a minute too. Lets talk about romance

"There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance."

The romance absolutely did not do it for me in this book. Is it just me, or is anyone else getting sooo bored of a book throwing a male and female character in the same room, and you can practically hear the author throwing their hands up in the air and saying "he was a boy, she was a girl, can I make it anymore obvious?"

Because it was so so obvious what was gonna happen between Thomas and Audrey and I was never rooting for it. I need authors to start building up chemistry and genuine romance instead of relying on the fact and he's a guy she's a girl.

On top of that, I did NOT like Thomas Cresswell at all. He's the sterotypical kind of rude, kind of obtuse but he's actually a softie deep down trope. And listen, if you like that you'll probably like him. Because he's not really a bad guy, but he just exhausted me and this book never compelled me to care about him or Audrey. Which is a BIG BIG problem when so much of this book is preoccupied with putting it's leads in romantic sleuthing situations.

I basically know the romance isn't going well for me when I roll my eyes at the "I love you" moment and thats what happened here.


The feminism was the whitest, fakest feminism ever. If you're going to write a book about feminism then you should primarily be portraying women is this not a no brainer? But throughout this whole book the only prominent female character is Audrey, and any other woman who appears is shunned by Audrey and ridiculed for not being "enlightened". I hated it so so much.

Audrey is also biracial, her mum being Indian, but this fact is only used to talk about how Audrey has lovely skin and then completely glossed over for the rest of the book. Which is ,, weird. Especially in this time period. the fact Audrey's rich, well off father was married to an Indian woman at a time when India was actively colonised by Britain would have been .. a bit of a deal And while I'm all for not making people suffer for their marginalisations in historical fiction if you're writing a book about how misogyny harms women in the 1800's, I feel like there's room for a realistic exploration of how race and racism plays into that too. it just felt weird, fake, and definitely thrown in. this review nails my anger about the feminism

I mean, Jack the Ripper was a man who, specifically, preyed on women (prostitutes particularly) which has some nasty implications about women, sexism and female sexuality. And when you look at the actual top suspects for Jack the Ripper most of their motives are driven by gender dynamics which means this book had an interesting oppurtunity to explore that and it DIDN'T. I was hoping for the Jane the Ripper version of events in this book to be honest.

The mental illness representation was also a straight up mess I mean, we're shown a character who's supposedly mental ill, locked in an actual asylum, given some medicine and apparently is now completely cured ?? excuse me what :??

On a smaller note: The dialogue definitely annoyed me and some things were obviously not researched properly which was annoying.


Probably the only good thing about this book was the villain and their motives. While I guessed the killer early, their motives were interesting and original. And I thought the reveal was done fairly well, even though, again, it was obvious. I can see this was supposed to be more about the emotional impact and if I didn't know the villain was the villain I probably would have felt sorry for them.

Also, I'm literally always here for steampunk elements and this book had some.
Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.

I mean, maybe if I wasn't excruciatingly bored through this book it would have been better But due to the fact I was bored I then had to analyse literally every single flaw of this book to pass the time and I just urgh.

If this book had nailed even ONE of it's elements I would have liked it so much more. But a book that's boring, portrays shoddy feminism and representation, coupled with a romance I didn't care about and an obvious plot twist it was just, not for me AT ALL. And I'm not going to continue this series probably.
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June 5, 2017
Full review update!

Wow okay this was super fun. I mean really - if you're in the market for YA Sherlock Holmes with a badass heroine and a super snarky (and charming) sidekick, definitely pick this up. I do have some mixed feelings about parts and I'll admit I skipped some chunks because ew, not for me. Some of the ending really rubbed me the wrong way, but you can see those details below in the spoiler tag.

Aubrey Rose is basically an unconventional female in her society. She's super into education and volunteers her time at her uncle's lab studying forensic science. And we get all the gory details, lol. So if you're here for that kinda thing, you'll enjoy it. If not, just skip over it. I'd say the story is just as enjoyable without the details of the... dead.

And then she meets the cocky, ever so flirty Thomas Cresswell who is pretty much Captain Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles reincarnate. Ohmigosh he is pretty much the reason I loved this book. The banter and everythinggggggg yessss give me more.

“Thomas smiled at my eye roll, puffing his chest up and standing with one foot proudly resting on a chair as if posing for a portrait. “I don’t blame you, I am rather attractive. The tall, dark hero of your dreams, swooping in to save you with my vast intellect. You should accept my hand at once.”

Anyway, a string of murders starts going down and as the story progresses, Aubrey starts to realize the murderer might be connected to her family somehow. And of course, Thomas is there to annoy Aubrey while she figures it all out.

“If I don’t murder you this afternoon, it’ll be a gift sent directly from God Himself, and I vow to attend services again,” I said, holding a hand against my heart.
“I knew I’d get you to church eventually.”

I would just like to say, for the record (and friends can vouch for me...) I KNEW WHO THE MURDER WAS ALL ALONG. So I win a cookie or something, right? I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT.

Anyway, I definitely was not into the saence part and I skipped it. Spirits are just not my thing, yo. I don't feel like I missed out on much.

***Minor spoilers below - don't read if you want to keep the mystery alive!***
(I'll hide the big ones in the spoiler tag)

As far as the ending, I definitely felt a bit of glee knowing I guessed the killer, but aside from that, it was just really sad. I actually even teared up a bit. And honestly, some of it really rubbed me the wrong way.

But as far as the set up for the next book, I'm super on board with that. I'm already REALLY looking forward to it and trying to beg my way to an arc lol. Mostly I'm just hoping for lots of time with Thomas Cresswell, though I hope the banter stays alive!

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3 stars for a story that has fascinated me for years.

Why?, here we have an infamous serial killer that managed to outwit the law to commit a string of gruesome murders in the crowded streets of east London. A deranged man, and seemingly a very clever person, who remained undetected leaving a case that was never solved. This has led to many conspiracy theories, points of views, challenges from the greatest criminal minds, however, none of them have successfully solved the case.

So, when you pick up this book you know you are reading about this notorious killer and the deaths of the seven women he butchered. However, I am always looking for something different to the story, new evidence and new perspectives and this book gave me that.

The Plot

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose shun’s the life of privilege, the parties and silk dresses. Instead she challenges all that is expected of her as a Lord’s daughter and frequents her uncles laboratory to witness the dissection of the human body in aid of medicine and criminology.

Absorbed by the Jack the Ripper case, Audrey makes a few too many gruesome discoveries including the identity of this infamous killer who has London living under constant fear.

So, for the positives

Kerri Maniscalco is very well researched on the subject and added some new insights which I loved.

I also loved the away in which the author embellished the past with some new characters, changed the facts around a little (like dates) so you could see the story through a different lens.

The author pitched the atmosphere just right for the heinous and grisly murders to take place. It created the ambiance and transported the reader back to the late 19th century, with the cobbled and dimly lit streets.

What I enjoyed less

Sometimes it read like a text book or reference book of events rather than a fictional novel and story. So, the flow felt a little disjointed at times.

I found the perpetrator unique but one I didn’t buy into. Perhaps this is because I, like many others, have a theory. However, I was happy that this book did challenge my thinking.

There are better photos available from the archives even in London's 'Jack the Ripper walking tours' which would have made the story more authentic. The ones used in the book did not add much to the story.

The challenge with taking such a well known story is when you deviate away from the known facts, you could spend your time correcting them rather than enjoying the book for what is it. And that brings me to the last point. After reading, I am still unclear what the book was trying to achieve.

Overall, a story that will grip because of the topic and the notorious Jack the Ripper. However, not a rip roaring read for me personally, although I do intend reading the other stories in the series that I know less about.

This is a great book for anyone who knows of Jack the Ripper but not enough to spoil the enjoyment. I went into this with too many views of my own which spoiled the experience a little for me personally which has less to do with the book. Please read other reviews because this is being rated highly by others.
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March 18, 2023
March 2023
I can't believe (but maybe I can) I enjoyed this way more now than I did 6 years ago!


October 2017

After nothing -and nobody- could prevent her mother from dying, Audrey Rose Wadsworth's become obsessed with the darkness that surrounds death.
That's why, when a murderer causes panic in the city, she's going to do put her scientific knowledge and curious wit to test in order to find out who the killer called Jack The Ripper is, and save her family in the process.

Well, I think I liked this overall. It's not a masterpiece, but it had its count of good parts, too, one of them being the author's ability to mix different elements together without the overcome to look ridiculous.
Audrey Rose is a character I can't pinpoint in any cathegory. I can't decide if I like her or not, but I surely respect her and her purposes.
She's wonderfully flawed but also always ready to learn from her mistakes. Her feminist side is fanastic, she refuse to compromise when it comes to her job (which, at the time was considered a man profession) and ideals, and I love that she isn't ashamed to admit she likes being girly but, at the same time, isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. That's the kind of female role model I kind of relate and look up to.
On the other hand, she's a little immature and touchy, but I guess that's just to blame on the fact the author did a great job with her teenage side. Her obsession with all the things gory and dark reminded me of Raven from Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber, books I adored when I was 15. You can't just ignore the nostalgie du passé, especially since the pop-like-spookiness and the references are a lot and, you know, it's almost Halloween!
I loved Thomas's honesty and his flirty remarks. I'm always a sucker for a pretty boy who's also kind of weird and clever in a Sherlockian way, but I wish he wasn't relegated to the role of love interest that much because he was quite of an interesting and intense character that had a lot to give. I hope he'll be treated properly in the next installment.

I admit that I started actually caring about this book only when I was 120 or so pages in, but I'm glad I went through it all because the second half of the story is a different story.
The writing suffers from what I like to call the spin-cycle effect: dull moments followed by adrenaline-filled scenes and twists. It sort of destabilizes and distracts the reader. I wasn't completely in it for the most part but, when I was, it was worthy.
The dialogues are okay but not memorable and a tad bit too long . I liked what I was reading when I was reading it, but it didn't leave me stunned, to be precise.
What the author did with the setting is great; London is everywhere, it hugs you like a warm blanket, except that blanket is quite dark and made of damp walls and scary shit. Besides, I must give it to her, Kerri Maniscalco can be super funny, and I love books that make me laugh out loud.
The mystery was thrilling enough to keep me reading till the end, but I think I kew who the killer was the third time I read about them (dodge that spoiler while you can).
The romance can get incredibly cheesy, but it's the kind of cheesy one needs from time to time. I shamelessly ship Audrey Rose and Thomas. I think they bring out the best in each other and I'm sure they'll grow up a lot, together.
Oh, and can I just say how much I needed that butterfly-and-rainbows kind of happy ending?

I recommend it if you're looking for a quick, entertaining read that probably won't keep you up at night, but will surely leave you asking for more.
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October 24, 2017
Absolutely loved the dynamic between Audrey and Thomas.
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June 28, 2019
1,5* - DNF at 40ish% because this sucks.

Not giving it 1 star because the idea had potential and tbh it might have gotten better if I'd continue to read. But I don't want to.

I was pretty sure I knew who the Ripper was and since I didn't want to continue I skipped to the end and SURPRISE.... I was right. Such a cheap "plot twist".

This book could've been really good if the love story wasn't as cringy and the love interest wasn't as rude, unlikable and creepy. Seriously he is awful (He might evolve during the rest of this book but I really don't care). Being an asshole is not cool nor attractive please stopppp

Stupid me bought book 2 already because I was so sure I would like this.. Meh.

*Potential spoiler ahead*

To be fair, I definitely had the wrong expectations for this one. I thought it would be this dark thriller type of book where the protagonist actually falls in love with Jack the Ripper while KNOWING that he is the one who murders all these people. That would've been really interesting!
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June 9, 2022
“Death was not prejudiced by mortal things such as station or gender. It came for kings and queens and prostitutes alike, often leaving the living with regrets. What might we have done differently if we’d known the end was so near?”

✅ Murders to solve
✅ Strong main character
✅ Victorian London vibes
✅ Funny banter
🆗 Nice secondary characters
🆗 Not so unexpected ending
❗️❗️ Trigger warning : autopsies and graphic descriptions of dead bodies

Here I am, finally joining the party 5 years later!

Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a girl who apprentices at her Uncle’s forensic laboratory, in a society where it's not proper for a lady to do anything except be pretty and gossip. When gruesome murders start to happen in London she teams up with her Uncle’s other apprentice, Thomas Cresswell, to investigate and find out who killed and desecrated these women and calls himself Jack the Ripper.

“Where in a medical dictionary does it say a woman cannot handle such things? What is a man's soul made of that a woman's is not? I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours are filled with steel and steam-driven parts.”

I really enjoyed reading Stalking Jack the Ripper. The dark atmosphere and the mystery are well developed, as well as the likable characters. We discover who Jack the Ripper is at the end of the book, and I've had my suspicions, but it still was a gripping ending. The writing is nice, and the story really flows, I enjoyed the whole book, and I was never bored.

The plot has nice pacing, and while I am not an expert when it comes to the Victorian period (so I can’t say if it was accurate), I did really enjoy the vibe of this book. I think that I would have liked for the intrigue to be a little more complex, I had suspicions about some characters early in the book, and even though there were events that were supposed to throw us on a false lead, I still kept that suspicion at the back of my mind, so I was not that surprised when Jack's identity was revealed. I admit that I still have some questions though, I would have liked for Jack's actions to be explained a little more... What is the connection between Audrey Rose's father visiting the last victim, and Jack killing her a few hours later? What exactly was the big secret that the Wadsworth old valet talked about just before he died? How did Jack manage to get that sailor killed? And why did he kill him? It was never really explained...

“Monsters were supposed to be scary and ugly. They weren’t supposed to hide behind friendly smiles and well-trimmed hair. Goodness, twisted as it might be, was not meant to be locked away in an icy heart and anxious exterior.”

Audrey Rose took some time to grow on me. Her constant “I don’t like you but I tolerate you” behavior toward Thomas, while also spending almost 24 hours a day with him got annoying at some point. I have to say though that I really like that she is headstrong and opinionated, even if it felt almost too modern for London’s Victorian time sometimes.

I was a young girl growing up in a world run by old men. I'd pick and choose my battles wisely.

I admit that I was not a fan of Thomas Cresswell at first, he is charming, but his arrogant and almost condescending attitude was not my favorite at first, but he grew on me . He is very clever, and his way of analyzing every tiny detail and coming up with very precise deductions reminded me of Sherlock Holmes. His interactions with Audrey Rose were also funny (except when he was being an arrogant jerk at first).

“Dear Wadsworth. Your association with me is growing more beneficial by the hour. Your intelligence is quite… attractive,” Thomas said, raising his brows suggestively and taking in my newly plaited hair. “Let’s have some wine and dance inappropriately. You’ve already dressed the part for me—let’s take advantage.”

Overall, it’s a nice enjoyable book with good (and not too heavy) writing and, although it’s a book about a serial killer, there are some funny parts, and I would consider this book a light read. Don’t get deterred by the claim “I was the girl who loved THE RIPPER” on the back of the book because it is much more complicated than that.

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March 20, 2018

*this review fills with minor spoiler. Read at your own risk.*

"Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark
flower. You needn't believe something weak because it appears deli-
cate. Show the world your bravery."

Wow. I'm so freaking disappointed with this book. Look, I didn't even have high expectation toward the book, because I know my expectations toward books often don't end up well. So I might as well not to expect anything, but the things is, it's really hard not to expect anything when this book sounded so good and oh my God, the cover's so pretty! and yeah, I expected good things from this book. But the book didn't meet my not-so-high-expectation.

so here are the problems I have with this book.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth

I could not feel any connection between me and her. Like at all. In my opinion, she was just so boring and flat character. Oh and she annoyed me too. Am I missing out something or is she just an annoying person? she felt responsible for something that wasn't her fault.

Somehow, some way, I was responsible for this man's death.

So if I could talk to her directly I would say, " Are you kidding me? how can you responsible for that man's death? that is not your responsibility, Audrey Rose. That is the killer's responsibility. That's the killer's fault."
that also made me think, if I accidently fell from the staircase or slipped on the floor, would she feel responsible for not saving me or preventing it from happening?
I don't know whether I'm missing out something about this or she's just an annoying person.


The Romance

Honestly, I don't know what to say about about the romance besides boring and lack of the that romance spark. In my opinion, the romance was rushed and it made me think like " Wait ... what is happening?!?" when they were about to kiss. I'm not saying it's insta love, because in my opinion, it's certainly not an insta love, but the romance happened too fast and it was rushed. I think, I would like this book more, if the romance took longer or maybe no romance at all, because I could not feel the romance or the spark between them. The romance was like ... plain. Too fast. Boring. Meh. Bleh. Oh and the love interest was boring and I did not like him or felt any attraction toward him.


The Plot

IT WAS PREDICTABLE. When I read books, most of the time my theories are wrong or I can't predict at all, But it's different with this book. I could find out who the killer was before even reaching 100 pages and when I read the ending, I was like " HAHAHAHAHAHA IT WAS SO PREDICTABLE. I KNEW IT ALL ALONG."


Most of the time when I read the book, I was either bored or falling asleep. I swear, I had a hard time reading this book. The feeling I get when I read my textbook is mutual to the feeling I felt while reading it. B O R E D. and I laughed once while reading it and that's it. I didn't laugh anymore and the story bored me. I had no interest in reading it. Oh and I skimmed reading this book, because I just didn't want to spend more days to read it. I'd rather read something else than reading it. But, I admit the ending was good. Honestly, it was even better than the whole story. Or maybe I felt this way because I was relieved that I finally finished reading it?

this book didn't work for me. it just wasn't for me, I guess.


REVIEW TO COME TOMORROW. All I can say now is that I could predict the killer easily. 😑
So, I've heard so many things about this book and mostly they're good things and I'm pretty curious about this book. I hope it's not a disappointing book! *cross fingers*
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