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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco Book Review

I want to cry…

I ACTUALLY WANT TO CRY RIGHT NOW! Why? Because I was expecting a thrilling novel about my favourite historical murderer and all I get is a book about medicine and forensics. I was so disappointed to be reading something that I expected would be this really cool horror story about “a girl who loved the ripper” AS IT SAYS ON THE BLURB OF THE NOVEL but I simply got 318 pages of literal nothingness.

By page 250 I was really bored and just wanted to finish this book to up my Goodreads reading challenge. Look, I don’t mind a book about forensics but at LEAST make it not boring for the reader. I can’t fathom the fact that I spent over a week to read a 318 paged book especially since it took me a DAY to read another book of the same length.

I guess I should stop being so salty about all of this and explain things a bit more clearly, this was the blurb I got on the back of my book:

“He murdered women in cold blood.
He terrorised an entire city.
He taunted those of us who hunted him down.

But despite all these horrors,
in the end, I could not deny it…

I was the girl who loved the Ripper.”

Me being the person that I am who watches a bit too much Buzzfeed Unsolved and has this really weird love of blood and gore was totally hooked on this premise and I was just dying to read this that my fingers were simply reaching out towards it like a bug attracted to light. Yes. I needed this to that much of an extent.

I also had this weird fascination with Jack the Ripper’s enigmatic tale and was desperate to learn more beyond my first Buzzfeed Unsolved video (coincidentally about Jack the Ripper).

But all I got was just this story on forensics they didn’t even go into much detail as to the victims of the Ripper apart from their names really. I expected to be immersed in the world of 1800’s England but I didn’t get that world building that I so desperately was seeking. I was so sad to see so much potential in a book and yet not as explored as it could’ve been.

Looking at this review I see that this has been mainly negative but I really did love the feminist take on main character Audrey Rose and how she was tough and witty. She was a brave heroine that I think would’ve inspired a lot of young women around the world at that time (if she was a real character) it also shown the prejudices against women of the time which I think was done really well and done the book some justice.

I guess another thing I loved was the ending where who we thought was the Ripper (this isn’t really a spoiler), the love interest wasn’t really the ripper as it was first thought in the blurb. I still didn’t really get the reason as to why “The actual Ripper” was him (I did understand “The Ripper’s” motives though) but I still don’t see how Audrey Rose discovered it was him at the end.

I also liked the logical thinking and how you could see the logical arguments between the characters and how they deducted their points. It’s something I learnt a while back in Philosophy class at school (and something I sort of failed) but it was really cool seeing it play out in a book and not in (the very entertaining) Sherlock episodes with Benedict Cumberbatch.

All in all, it wasn’t THAT bad but I think it comes down to what I personally like as a reader. Also this is MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION meaning that we can agree to disagree with this book. I’m not saying don’t read it I’m simply addressing what I did and did not like about it so please do not get offended. Now as to my actual rating… I think I’ll rate this a 2.3 STARS.




I liked the book. Hunting Dracula was also good. I liked the autopsy aspect, but as you said, it wasn't very immersive

6th Oct, 18

Yeah, I think I'm gonna continue the series but much further in the year

6th Oct, 18