Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
Jimmy Patterson Books / Little Brown and Company, September 20, 2016
Hardcover: 978-0-316-27349-7, $18.99, 336 pages
Ebook: 978-0-316-27350-3, $9.99
Audiobook (CD): 978-1-4789-6742-2, $30.00
Audiobook(downloadable): 978-1-4789-1325-2, $24.98
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a highborn Victorian lady, which is what her Father and her Aunt wish she would conduct herself as. Since the death of her mother, however, Audrey Rose has developed a keen interest in death and the forensic sciences. To that end, she has secretly apprenticed herself to her Uncle Jonathan. Her Uncle has been charged with studying the savagely mutilated victims of a serial killer targeting prostitutes in the Whitechapel district of London. A serial killer called Leather Apron by the papers of the time and known to history as Jack the Ripper. The more clues they uncover, the more she realizes that the killer may actually be closer to her than she ever thought possible.
Stalking Jack the Ripper is Kerri Maniscalco’s debut as an author, and the first YA novel to be released by Jimmy Patterson Books. I received an Advanced Reader Copy at a YA book event at Barnes and Noble. According to Ms. Maniscalco’s Goodreads page, this book is set to be the first in a trilogy.
I really enjoyed this book. Audrey Rose is quite an engaging young woman, and I really enjoyed watching her make her way through this story. While there is a hint of romance in this book, it doesn’t deter Audrey Rose from her overall task. The main focus of the novel stayed on the mystery of Jack the Ripper, the science of the day, and how Audrey Rose deals with the obstacles placed in her way. Without a confusion filled love triangle common to so many YA novels today, there weren’t any angst filled internal monologues or obsessive boy filled thoughts to distract from the actual storyline. Where Ms. Maniscalco took some creative liberties with the book, she explains them all and her reasoning for them in the back of the book. She also goes into a bit deeper detail in regards to the Ripper case as well as the Forensic Science practices of the day. I can’t wait to read more in this series and more from Ms. Maniscalco.