review + discussion: stalking jack the ripper – kerri maniscalco


Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Published September 20th 2016 by Jimmy Patterson
Genre: historical fiction, young adult, mystery, horror

links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

rating: ★★★★★


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.

beware of the rave that is coming.

It has been two month (plus) after reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and I’m still thinking about it. SJTR is now one of my favourite books of 2017. I don’t know much about the story of Jack the Ripper other than he is the one behind all the murders so I was anticipating a great story and I wasn’t disappointed. The plot, the writing, the characters and the setting of the book are all so wonderfully done. I can’t help but indulge myself with this beautifully crafted book.

First thing first, Thomas Cresswell has got to be one of the most charming and attractive male characters I’ve ever read about. He’s shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Not to mention, he’s such a shameless flirt with Audrey. He’s always waiting for the chance to hint that they should kiss.

Another person that has made it to my ‘Favourite Main Characters’ list is Audrey. She’s spunky and sassy. Even though she’s consistently touching, dissecting corpses, and chasing after murderers, she’s still very lady-like. Audrey is pursuing forensic medicine albeit the society’s views about a female in that particular field. I loved that she was defying all odds. It’s fascinating to see 17-year-old Audrey studying forensic medicine with such passion.

Ever since Audrey and Thomas met, I’ve been rooting for them. I totally forgot that in the 1800s, males have to ask the female’s father for courtship. Please don’t make me wait too long for them to be officially together.

While following Audrey’s stalking quest, I narrowed down to two choices of who I think Jack is. I’m not surprised by who the murderer is but the whole thing was so well executed that I was holding my breath throughout the whole revelation.

Truth be told, I wasn’t planning on reading SJTR this year but since I joined the Halloween-themed readathon, I decided that it would be thrilling to read a thriller story and I’m so happy that I did. The 1800s era is such an opportune time to set thriller novels in. The architecture of London sets the mood so perfectly; I’m in love.

 Help me with this dilemma of mine: should I buy the physical copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper?


not going to lie but my stomach churned every time i read about a dissection. there’s a reason why i don’t pursue being a doctor of any sort. but i found myself constantly fascinated at audrey for being so brave.

“I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother had said I could be. Just because I was interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I had to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?”

i love that audrey was defying social norms with so much conviction and courage. she’s spunky and sassy and so freaking coooooool. i often forget that she’s only a 17 year old teenager.

I smiled. “Or, at the very least, until you perish and I’m tasked with dissecting your body to check for a heart.”

^ she’s amazing

i had an inkling that either her father or her brother was the Ripper. i was quite excited that i got it right but i was so upset when she broke down. it was so heart-wrenching to see her break down when she found out that her brother was the murderer wanted so desperately to bring their mother back Frankenstein style. and she couldn’t believe her caring and animal loving brother will rip apart birds and kill humans in such scary way. and she was supposed to be the one holding the knife, not her brother.


thomas…… thomas cresswell… can you feel me swooning? he’s so charming and a shameless flirt, he doesn’t care to be subtle about his flirtation. i can’t help but cheer him on with his pursuit for audrey because they would be a wonderful and beautiful couple.


“If you’d like to see me out of my breeches, simply ask, Wadsworth. I’m more than happy to accommodate you on that front.”

and this ..

“Let’s have some wine and dance inappropriately. You’ve already dressed the part for me—let’s take advantage.”

i have no complains about thomas.


oh how can i not talk about the courtship from blackburn.. it was a spectacular fail. i don’t even remotely feel bad for that guy cause blackburn vs cresswell, i’m pretty sure audrey knows who’s right for her. he was acting so creepy from the start, my first impression of him totally went downhill and pshhh, nobody can win thomas. sorry

i wonder what catherine told robert that made him freak out and chase thomas and audrey out of his store.. I’M SO CURIOUS SOMEONE TELL ME IF I MISSED THE EXPLANATION.

audrey’s father was adamant on keeping his daughter far far away from forensic medicine and everything that came with it because of his wife’s unfortunate death. but he changed so much at the end. he became supportive of her passion and even let her go to romania to study in a forensic medicines school with thomas.

literally bubbling with excitement to read hunting prince dracula but i’m holding it back because i want to buy the physical copy. cannot wait.


my aesthetic for stalking jack the ripper

“Always foster and grow that unquenchable curiosity of yours.”


19 thoughts on “review + discussion: stalking jack the ripper – kerri maniscalco”

  1. I really enjoyed reading your review!!! Thomas is such a great character, right?! I really admire that he lets Audrey lead their investigations and that he treats her equally. I have a review for SJTR & HPD on my blog. 🎩// Yes, do buy the physical copies!! I am waiting for the 3rd one which is coming out later this year. Have you seen the cover yet? It is so gorgeous.


    1. Thank you Linda! I’d love to check your blog out but it says that it’s deleted?

      Yes I saw the cover for Escaping from Houdini and I’m so in love. I can’t wait to have all of the books on my shelf!

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      1. I am really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to continue the series. Have you read HPD yet? If not, I am sure that you’ll finish that soon as well so we can fangirl about it together because this series is the one I was looking for all the time. 😄🌟🦇

        I really don’t know why you can’t go on my blog but here’s a link; // the review about sjtr & hpd should be there as well. It would mean a lot to me if you could check it out. Thank you! ✌

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      2. I have no read HPD yet! I’m going to once I buy it, probably with EWH so that I can marathon them together.

        I love your blog & followed you (:

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      1. Really? What’s your bookstagram??? I also have one but I don’t post regularly and it’s more to stalk my favourite accounts. (Tell me so I can include you to the list) 😀


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