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

For months and years, I used to see the book practically on every book feeds, blogs, vlogs and insta feeds. I was always a bit dicey about picking this book because fearing that it would turn out to be a disappointing experience. I almost screamed in anger when I realised how stupid I was to delay reading this book. Stalking Jack the Ripper simply blew all my expectations. Simply amazing and lived up to every expectations. If you are anything like me and is hesitating to pick this book because of fear for all the hype not living up to your expectations, Let me tell you the book is worth all the hype.

Stalking Jack the Ripper Official 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.

Stalking Jack the Ripper RWAT Take

Almost all the books, claim to have a very strong female character. That is like the usual selling point for all the books. I can see you eye rolling out there. I completely agree with the eye rolls. The book may start with a powerful heroine but wait till they find the male and you would see how the power is the first thing that flow out of the window on the sight of the carved abs. Seriously how carved has to be that abs for a character to forget its strength and characteristics.

I would flood the floor with my drool, if I ever come across Leonardo Dicarpio or Tom cruise (the younger version of both 😛 ) but if they are rude to me, expect by Pitchfork to be sharpened, glazed in boiling oil and ready for attack. So to me it is really irritating when a good strong female character suddenly melts under a well chiseled abs or sharp jaw line (seriously sharp jaw ? what ?all of a sudden you are running out of knife to cut thing that you need a sharp jaw now !! )

Sorry sorry I got sidetracked with my rants a bit there. But the point is that, this is rare of the books, where the girl is actually steady throughout the book, inspite of a peeking romance.

The best part of the book is that while romance is there, it is not the focus. The book deals with another core plot of the book and that makes all the difference. Yet the way the romance gradually grows and shapes is fantastic and charming. Set in an authentic backdrop, the book simply blooms and blooms. Man !! that conclusion. I still have chills in my bones.


So in conclusion, I would like to say is that I can’t possibly say more about the book without giving out spoilers. So being a good devil that I am, I would say that the book simply blew my mind and with so much happening inside the book, it is a fabulous ride. The first book certainly creates a heavy hope for the series and seeing how the series is a hit with the masses, I am looking forward to continue it.


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