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Title: Stalking Jack The Ripper Author: Kerri Maniscalco First Published: May '18 Publisher: Little Brown US Genre: #Young Adult #Horror #Mystery #Thriller Pages: 360 Price on Amazon: Paperback £7.72 Kindle: £3.49 ISBN: 1538761181
Stalking Jack The Ripper is based on the heinous crimes of Jack The Ripper in Whitechapel, London. Audrey goes against her father's wishes and takes up an apprenticeship under her uncle in his laboratory to study forensic medicine.
When their work leads them to work a string of terrible murders, Audrey is dragged into the search for an answer which leads her a little to close to home.
I was excited to read this book, it sounded good and I do love stories about Jack The Ripper. Unfortunately, this book was very slow and I found the more I read, I didn't really have a clue what was going on. I found it to be a bit all over the place. I was about 15 chapters in and no idea what the storyline was.
I found Audrey to be a really annoying and unrealistic character. Making it even harder for me to enjoy the book. So I did eventually give up on this book and I don't think I will be going back to it.
Rating - One out of Five Stars Would I Read Again? - No Would I Recommend? - No Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes
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A tedious Mary-Sue main character with a distinctively unpleasant (and beyond inappropriate for the times) thinly veiled Holmes rip-off character.
I wanted to like the book, the premise is interesting, but poor research, failure to treat the real women murdered with respect, immersion breaking modern dialogue and the awful characters you cannot care about just meant this book was terrible.
I did finish it, only to find the vaguely interesting conclusion rushed over a matter of a couple of pages. More space was given to talking about her wearing trousers.
I picked up this book because I am a fan of stories set in the Victorian era and expected a well-plotted and well-researched detective story speckled with a bit of romance, but I was sorely disappointed.
Besides a truckload of historical inaccuracies concerning Victorian society, the main characters were more annoying than relatable and there wasn't much detective work going on. There's just stumbling and bumbling about until the villain reveals himself (as opposed to being revealed). There's also zero build up to said revelation. As for romance: see above - the characters are annoying and don't become less so once they are "together".
I'm sorry to say this about any book, but if you are partial to well-thought out, well-researched Victorian murder mysteries: spare yourselves the misery and spend your money elsewhere.
I bought this because I love the kingdom series and figured I would like this as well…. I haven’t finished reading it. I couldn’t finish reading it. Just can’t get in to it. If I ever finish it, I will update review
I bought this book because the book community on Instagram raved all summer about how amazing it is. I'm not a big fan of Jack the Ripper, and by that, I mean that I haven't researched it inside out and backwards. I am a Holmes lover, and c.1888 is still c.1888. It was a disappointment as far as the actual history of the murders goes, and the characters were painful. Jack just barely figures, the protagonist is one of the whiniest and most entitled YA protagonists I've encountered in a while, and the love interest is Definitely-Totally-Not-Sherlock-Holmes (TM). Pointless name dropping, painful attempts at female liberation philosophy, and a Steam Punk Frankenstein figure WHO THEY OFFER TO LET GO AND RESTART HIS LIFE ELSEWHERE?!?!?! This may be the worst $5 I've spent in a while. On the plus side, my friend who did her dissertation on the Ripper murders was somewhat entertained by my live commentary.