Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Initially exciting but an ultimate let down.

Book CWs

  • Sexism
  • Character Death (murder)
  • Drugging

Premise

Someone is roaming the streets of London and murdering women in terrible fashions. As a (secret) assistant to her uncle’s forensic medicine practice, Audrey Rose Wadworth has witnessed firsthand what the serial killer known as the Leather Apron is capable of.

On a mission to discover who Leather Apron is, Audrey learns that the murders may be even more connected to her life than she initially believed.

Review (No Spoilers)

Stalking Jack the Ripper was my very first buddy read and I think that might have actually worked against me. I buddy read this with Steph and we created benchmarks to get to each week. As a result, I would often binge read 7 chapters at once and then stop and read something else. I think I would have liked this more if I just read it all at one time.

The beginning of the book started off great! I found myself upset that I had been putting off reading this book for so long because I was convinced it was going to be an amazing read. This is how I felt for like 2 and a half weeks of reading the book. And then I got to the ending and I had no idea what the heck was happening.

One of the main things that I liked about the book was that at no point as I 100% sure who the murderer was. I had a main guess (which ended up being correct) but I had enough doubt that I was very open for it being literally anyone or any group of people. But as I neared the ending, I felt like the author was playing this up way too much. There were plot twists that came out of nowhere and didn’t make sense to me. And in the end, I don’t actually understand why the truth was the truth. I felt as if Kerri Maniscaclo was so focused on telling us about the crimes than she was about making sure what she was saying made sense.

Steph and I plan on reading the entire series together and I’ve heard great things about the second book in this series (Hunting Prince Dracula) so I’m hoping that this book isn’t indicitive of the rest of the series.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

  1. I was dissapointed in this book as well, I never got into the way it was written but I do belive the second book in this series will work more for me because it will be based on Dracula. Let´s hope the reading experience for us both will be better with that one 😀

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