Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

It really has been a while since I’ve posted on here — not that I have a steady stream of readers regardless, but perhaps this is a great metaphor for my own brain. I can get sidetracked quite easily and, most importantly, forget about the things that make me happy. Like reading and reviewing.

Recently I found myself in a book slump. Perhaps it’s because of the wonderful Sarah J. Maas and her crazy detailed and intricate worlds of both A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass series respectively. I had devoured the ACOTAR series as if I were addicted–which I still think I am–and assumed that I would fall head over heels for the TOG series as well, however that didn’t necessarily happen. While I did enjoy reading the first four books (excluding the prequel), I didn’t love it as much as I worship ACOTAR. So when I finished book four, Queen of Shadows, and preordered the paperback edition of book five, Empire of Storms, I realized that I didn’t know what to read next. I felt so burnt out after churning books one through four so quickly that I couldn’t even fathom picking up the first prequel just yet. But that meant that I wasn’t reading, and that further meant that I wasn’t happy.

I didn’t even know where to begin searching for my next book. Did I want something silly and easy, like a summery beach read? Did I want something more serious and captivating like Sarah J Maas’ stories. Furthermore, did I desire a book in actual book form or would an ebook suffice? The only place I could turn to was my Amazon book wishlist. I scanned that list for books that I had been putting off reading because of price or mood and was able to select three that I knew I had been wanting to read for some time. So I bit the bullet, bought two actual books and one ebook.

The one ebook is Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.


 

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Published by Jimmy Patterson on September 20th 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Science, Feminism
Pages: 337
Source: Amazon // Goodreads // Barnes and Nobles

Final Review: 5 out of 5 ★★★★★


I’ll briefly touch on why I decided to go the ebook route. I have some interesting qualifications on buying an actual book. When I worked in a bookstore, these qualifications went out the window and I hoarded paperbacks and hardcovers alike. But now that I am free of that temptation, I have to be a little bit more selective. Does the book speak to me in a way that I know, for sure, that I will enjoy it, therefore making it worth the price of a fully bound book? Then buy it. If not, that’s reason number one for ebook. Secondly, and far less important is whether or not I like the cover art. Why buy a book and display it if I’m not really a fan of what it has to offer? On that note, I live in a NYC 500-square-foot apartment with only ONE bookcase. I know that I can always make room for books–hide them under the bed, remove the TV and just stack books there, throw them in drawers or closets–but I don’t think my boyfriend would appreciate that.

Stalking Jack the Ripper has interested me for a while, but I didn’t know how well it was going to be. To totally toot my own horn, I actually know more about Jack the Ripper than the average bear. My dad’s cousin is renowned Jack the Ripper researcher and author, Patricia Cornwell. I’ve also lived in London for six months and did two separate Jack the Ripper walking tours. So I’ve been there done that. This is why I didn’t know how well Maniscalco’s was going to hold up to my already extensive knowledge. Wait–should I be admitting how much I know about Jack the Ripper? Is that weird? Probably.

What actually happened was I was totally blown away by Stalking Jack the Ripper. Maniscalco really did her research and made the story so believable. It did not feel campy or too believable–why do you know so much about it Maniscalco? Have something you need to tell us? Just kidding!

Audrey Rose is amazing. It’s that simple. By taking a story that has been told and talked about for over one hundred years, one would think there isn’t anything to really say anymore. But Audrey Rose takes on a separate discussion regarding the murders–feminism. And not because the Ripper’s victims were all women and prostitutes, but because women were not allowed to be curious during the 1800’s. Audrey Rose must disguise herself as a man in order to attend medical classes with her uncle. The other women in her life, like her aunt and cousin, do not agree with her choice of career–if it were up to them, she would be embroidering, applying makeup and wearing lace gloves, and, being married off to the chief inspector. Instead, Audrey Rose demands to be involved in the Ripper’s murders as an apprentice under her uncle who examines the bodies post-mortem. She craves to be in the action and will help these female victims regardless of what her society deems appropriate for women to think/do.

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