Rating: 4.5 / 5
I joined in with the Backlist Thriller Buddy Read of STALKING THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco for January hosted by @bernluvsbooks, @bluegrassbookshelf, and @reading_mom.me. I have felt a bit mixed about her more recent releases, but I have been meaning to try out this series, so was excited to join in.
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is a historical YA mystery/thriller inspired by the real life Jack the Ripper. Audrey was born to privilege, but she’s sick of living under her father’s control and expectations. Rather than living the society life, she’d rather spend time with her uncle and his work in forensic medicine. With what she’s learned from her uncle, Audrey finds herself drawn into a series of gruesome murders with implications for her close to home.
I really enjoyed reading this and the audiobook for it was fantastic! The author did a fantastic job of setting the time period and the atmosphere of the world Audrey lived in. As she navigates the world, trying to fly under her father’s radar, she manages to show off her intelligence and quick thinking, aiding in a difficult investigation.
The mystery was really well done and the author provides plenty of suspects and red herrings to keep the reader guessing. I made a guess somewhat early on that proved true, but it really wasn’t sure in my mind until the very end.
Do go in aware this is a book that will not pull punches when it comes to the gore and the ick factors of these crimes. I listened to the last hour or so right after lunch which probably wasn’t the best timing, but I couldn’t tear myself away!
Before I even finished the book, I added this series onto my list of series to finish and I look forward to continuing!