Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Horror
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose is a lord’s daughter in Victorian London. She secretly helps her uncle with forensic science in his laboratory. When a string of corpses seem to be connected to the same serial killer, Audrey and her uncle’s assistant Thomas Cresswell begin their own investigation into the identity of Jack the Ripper. Their hunt for the infamous killer leads them to someone close to Audrey’s inner circle.

I’m fascinated with the story of Jack the Ripper. I think one of the reasons I’m so fascinated by it is that the murders were never solved. They suddenly stopped, which ended his reign of terror. No one knows the true identity of Jack the Ripper, so it will probably always be a mystery. This story gives a plausible ending to that mystery.

Fairly early in the story, I figured out who was committing the murders, but I didn’t know the motive that person had. It made sense in the end, and I still found it suspenseful until the last page. There were some gruesome murders described, which were tough to read at times. However, I think this story is worth it!

Stalking Jack the Ripper was so amazing. I’m so glad that I have the next book that I can read soon!

What to read next:

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Other books in the series:

  • Hunting Prince Dracula
  • Escaping from Houdini
  • Capturing the Devil

Have you read Stalking Jack the Ripper? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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