TITLE: Stalking Jack the Ripper
BY: Kerri Maniscalco
SERIES NAME: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1 (Can be read as standalone)
GENRE: Historical, Romance, Young Adult, Horror, Horror, Crime
PUBLICATION: September 20th 2016 by Jimmy Patterson
I know, I know. In my WWW POST, I said, I’m gonna give this a FIVE-STAR rating and this one deserves it BUT how can I do that without being unfair to the second book in the series. As I’m writing this review I already read the other book and that was sooooo much better than this and that’s saying something guys. If only I can give this one a five-star and the other, a six-star, but I can’t so 4.5 stars.
This story is sets on London 1880’s, based on a story of a murderer whose identity is never known. This said murderer is known for his brutal way of killing women. He’s called The Whitechapel Murderer or Leather Apron. In this story, the author gave Jack’s story an enthralling twist, and created unforgettable characters. Including Jack the Ripper himself who’s identity is of course had to be known in this fiction.
I don’t know how to review this without revealing spoilers so I’m just gonna focus on the characters and hopefully, through them you’d have the gist of what you might expect.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is an 18-year-old young lady who came from family of nobility. But Wadsworth isn’t as noble as it seems. She’s not your usual proper lady. She’s a badass, apprenticing in her uncle’s laboratory. She loves forensic science which involves cutting cadavers(dead bodies), of course. Ok, she wants to be both fierce and pretty and I like that. And btw, it’s possible to be both. Her father is so strict, and she lives in a society and period that are against women and so she’s determined to prove everyone wrong. Thankfully, her brother supports her somehow. I love this woman, and the author, I guess wanted her to be the badass female we all see in Dystopian novels, pretty but fierce, unique and doesn’t conform BUT no matter how much I love our heroine, she annoys me too. She’s reckless, impulsive, and just can’t stop talking about how she wants to prove herself or how independent she is. I mean I get it girl. Stop mentioning it.
Needless to say, she’s somehow stupid. Really, sorry. BUT, don’t be discouraged of that, the story is so good, you won’t even focus on Wadsworth, instead you’ll focus on the crime and THOMAS CRESSWELL!!!!
How should I begin with Cresswell? Here’s a big FAT FACT: He is PERFECT. The kind of book boyfriend every fangirls go gaga over. He is another version of Sherlock Holmes who’s very observant, and has a great deduction skill making him a great detective not as profession though. Like Wadsworth, he’s an apprentice in her uncle’s lab too. Distant and antisocial, but oh thank God, he doesn’t socialize much for Wadsworth would be in trouble for too many romantic rivals.
The thing about Thomas is that HE KNOWS HIS CAPABILITIES as well his weaknesses. And he isn’t even afraid to tell and show it to the world. He is broken yet very romantic. For me his part in the story is what made the entire novel a great one. It would’ve been so boring and annoying without him. With him, the crime seems more intriguing and terrifying. With him, Audrey Rose Wadsworth would’ve been terribly annoying.
But he is in the book.
Every conversation with him is a picture of wittiness, arrogance, sarcasm, humour and romance. OMG!!! The way he woes Wadsworth makes me wanna sigh dreamily.
READ THIS BOOK because of THOMAS CRESSWELL. You won’t regret it.
I know, you might be thinking this is just me, fangirling. NO. Though I’m fangirling over him. But the book as a whole is worth reading and definitely unforgettable because of Cresswell. This might be told from a single point of view but that doesn’t mean, there is only one protagonist. This should be Cresswell’s book not Wadsworth’s.
Warning, reading historical can be intimidating. For even I, who read at least 50 Historical Fiction this year alone, got a minor issue reading this because of the language. No, I’m not being racist. It’s just that I think the author didn’t handle the old tones of English perfectly. I always find historical romance appealing because of its language alone but this somehow lacks of that. Know what I’m referring to? But it was minor issue. Didn’t even affect my rating.