ñ Stalking Jack the Ripper Î Download by ☆ Kerri Maniscalco

ñ Stalking Jack the Ripper Î Download by ☆ Kerri Maniscalco Two words.
Thomas Cresswell.
Alright, of course there will be words, I just needed to give you a proper motivation to grab this extraordinary book, and an obnoxiously yet damnably brilliant British boy seemed like a good idea Now that I have your attention, let s move on, shall weOne taste of warm blood is never enough, Miss WadsworthJack the Ripper.
The Whitechapel Murderer Leather Apron Whatever you call him, he s still the same a monster that lingered in the shadows, bathed in blood and gore and terrorized London with his brutality and depravity There are numerous theories about his identity, but none of them was confirmed And so, Kerri Maniscalco crafted her own tale A tale of heroes and villainsThere s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romanceAudrey Rose Wadsworth was not a proper lady She chose science over blind faith, and spent her afternoons cutting up dead bodies rather than taking her tea with actual proper ladies, discussing eligible bachelors and gowns Her dark curiosity was never satisfied, so she cut and stitched and cut and stitched, until one day the mutilated body of a prostitute shook her to the core And it was not the last Assisted by an insufferable mortuary student, she made the solution of these horrible crimes her top priority, while her family was falling apart and Jack the Ripper was always one step ahead, solidifying his reign of terror But sometimes answers can do damage than goodFear is a hungry beast The you feed it, the it growsStalking Jack the Ripper was macabre Gruesome Ghastly.
Morbidly fascinating.
The descriptions could be so graphic, that bile rised up my throat The ambience so eerie, I couldn t suppress my shivers The mystery so tangible, my heart bet frantically in my chest Kerri Maniscalco s palette contained gloomy colours, grey for the mist that covered London, black for the shadows that hid the Ripper s work, mixed with crimson red, for all the blood that was spilled And in the middle of this canvas of death were two young forensic students, a boy and a girl, whose skills and wit would make Sherlock Holmes and Watson proud.
SourceWadsworth A girl determined to be both pretty and fierce, a girl that fought for what she wanted, sick of the stereotypes against women and eager to prove them wrong And while I couldn t help but admire her for her spirit, I did get angry at her a couple of times I should hate to be judgemental, but why why why was she so reckless and impulsive When there is a serial killer on the loose, who targets women and his savagery is unprecedented, you don t leave your house late at night, lurking near the sight of the murders, based on the belief that he won t attack you.
Cresswell A rich young man, cold and distant when it comes to murders and corpses, but with a fire burning within him that awaits for the moment to be ignited His replies are always witty and sarcastic, he is aware of his marvelous deduction skills and vast knowledge, and this makes him arrogant, but he is caring, and loyal, and I am so smitten it s ridiculousWithout lifting his head from his own journal, he said, Not having any luck figuring me out, then Don t worry, you ll get better with practice And, yes he grinned wickedly, eyes fixed on his paper you ll still fancy me tomorrow no matter how much you wish otherwise I m unpredictable, and you adore it Just as I cannot wrap my massive brain around the equation of you and yet adore itGet a spoon because I am a puddle of goo Wadsworth and Cresswell are always bickering, driving each other crazy, and the attraction between them turns slowly into something deeper that does funny things to your stomach which is pleasant after all the ugly things the body parts and fluids have done to said delicate stomach , while the tension sets you on fireI don t blame you, I am rather attractive The tall, dark hero of your dreams, swooping in to save you with my vast intellect You should accept my hand at onceStalking Jack the Ripper is a superb debut, and I am all too eager to read the next adventures of Wadsworth and Cresswell Great job, Kerri Maniscalco Instagram Twitter Facebook BookNest 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 ConclusionSeventeen 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 LifeAgainst 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 WorldThe Story S Shocking Twists And Turns, Augmented With Real, Sinister Period Photos, Will Make This Dazzling, New York Times Bestselling Debut From Author Kerri Maniscalco Impossible To Forget Well that was a charming ending to a rather dark story By that I mean the last three pages warmed my heart while the previous three hundred chilled my bones.
Stalking Jack the Ripper was easily my most anticipated release of the second half of 2016 I wouldn t go as far as to say that I m fascinated by the horrifying personage that was Jack the Ripper, but my curiosity and disgust cannot help but awake at the mention of him and his doings.
Kerri Maniscalco created very human characters in this story Humans are, and we know this, highly flawed We like them we like our peers but there are moments when we want to send them straight to hell.
Audrey Rose, the heroine, as well as every single person surrounding her are strangely likeable despite all their flaws As soon as I finished the first chapter, I was certain I would come to despise Audrey s uncle to the core of my being but he proved himself to be surprisingly endearing, as introverted and grumpy as he may be.
Therefore, the characters are not ones I had any problem with Truly, I cannot wait to see them again the ones still alive that is, heheh in the sequels.
The writing style is another wonderful element of this book Even when the story slowed down very, very intensely , I still managed to enjoy myself with Maniscalco s witty words She captured the right atmosphere a mystery novel with dark scenes should have.
Now, what I wished were different is the romance Both Audrey and Thomas are intriguing and loveable so, individually, they are not a problem But together, they are awkward and seem to exasperate each other to no end instead of awakening romantic feelings inside one another What could have been an exciting case of love hate relationship fell short.
Further, while the story is, overall, complex and well written, it is not always interesting per se Firstly, it s quite slow and descriptive so much I sometimes had to go back and reread dialogs to remember what the talking was about And, secondly, the stalking Audrey and Thomas do, for the most part, helps little in the end, and reveals to be reckless than courageous And it s not exactly stalking either, so you know.
But, all in all, I don t regret reading this book, for I had the chance to meet memorable characters and discover a new author with talent in weaving words Not a book I will reread in the next ten years, but one I will certainly remember.
Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin This is the first book I ve really enjoyed reading after my horrid book slump and I LOVED it I need of Kerri s writing in my life, especially with her amazing characters like bloody Jack Two words.
Thomas Cresswell.
Alright, of course there will be words, I just needed to give you a proper motivation to grab this extraordinary book, and an obnoxiously yet damnably brilliant British boy seemed like a good idea Now that I have your attention, let s move on, shall weOne taste of warm blood is never enough, Miss WadsworthJack the Ripper.
The Whitechapel Murderer Leather Apron Whatever you call him, he s still the same a monster that lingered in the shadows, bathed in blood and gore and terrorized London with his brutality and depravity There are numerous theories about his identity, but none of them was confirmed And so, Kerri Maniscalco crafted her own tale A tale of heroes and villainsThere s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romanceAudrey Rose Wadsworth was not a proper lady She chose science over blind faith, and spent her afternoons cutting up dead bodies rather than taking her tea with actual proper ladies, discussing eligible bachelors and gowns Her dark curiosity was never satisfied, so she cut and stitched and cut and stitched, until one day the mutilated body of a prostitute shook her to the core And it was not the last Assisted by an insufferable mortuary student, she made the solution of these horrible crimes her top priority, while her family was falling apart and Jack the Ripper was always one step ahead, solidifying his reign of terror But sometimes answers can do damage than goodFear is a hungry beast The you feed it, the it growsStalking Jack the Ripper was macabre Gruesome Ghastly.
Morbidly fascinating.
The descriptions could be so graphic, that bile rised up my throat The ambience so eerie, I couldn t suppress my shivers The mystery so tangible, my heart bet frantically in my chest Kerri Maniscalco s palette contained gloomy colours, grey for the mist that covered London, black for the shadows that hid the Ripper s work, mixed with crimson red, for all the blood that was spilled And in the middle of this canvas of death were two young forensic students, a boy and a girl, whose skills and wit would make Sherlock Holmes and Watson proud.
SourceWadsworth A girl determined to be both pretty and fierce, a girl that fought for what she wanted, sick of the stereotypes against women and eager to prove them wrong And while I couldn t help but admire her for her spirit, I did get angry at her a couple of times I should hate to be judgemental, but why why why was she so reckless and impulsive When there is a serial killer on the loose, who targets women and his savagery is unprecedented, you don t leave your house late at night, lurking near the sight of the murders, based on the belief that he won t attack you.
Cresswell A rich young man, cold and distant when it comes to murders and corpses, but with a fire burning within him that awaits for the moment to be ignited His replies are always witty and sarcastic, he is aware of his marvelous deduction skills and vast knowledge, and this makes him arrogant, but he is caring, and loyal, and I am so smitten it s ridiculousWithout lifting his head from his own journal, he said, Not having any luck figuring me out, then Don t worry, you ll get better with practice And, yes he grinned wickedly, eyes fixed on his paper you ll still fancy me tomorrow no matter how much you wish otherwise I m unpredictable, and you adore it Just as I cannot wrap my massive brain around the equation of you and yet adore itGet a spoon because I am a puddle of goo Wadsworth and Cresswell are always bickering, driving each other crazy, and the attraction between them turns slowly into something deeper that does funny things to your stomach which is pleasant after all the ugly things the body parts and fluids have done to said delicate stomach , while the tension sets you on fireI don t blame you, I am rather attractive The tall, dark hero of your dreams, swooping in to save you with my vast intellect You should accept my hand at onceStalking Jack the Ripper is a superb debut, and I am all too eager to read the next adventures of Wadsworth and Cresswell Great job, Kerri Maniscalco Instagram Twitter Facebook BookNest The ShortActual rating 4.
5 Perfect for fans of The Diviners by Libba Bray, A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody or if you ve already read this and enjoyed it, you might like these Writing 4.
5 starsCharacters 4.
5 stars Plot 4 starsoriginality 5 stars All out of 5 stars The LongThis was sooo good I had heard such great things about this book, but knowing how mysteries are hit or miss with me, I was extremely skeptical What I expected A romance heavy mystery where I would be able to tell who was the culprit after one chapter at most.
What I got A scientific approach to the infamous whodunnit story of Jack the Ripper, featuring a strong heroine with a deep dedication to her forensic studies, constantly challenging what society deems is proper With just the right amount of romance, of course I listened to the audiobook, which was awesome I ve already started the 2nd one Despite the fact that I went the audiobook route, I still looked at the photos scattered throughout the story They really enhanced the reading experience, making it feel like I was gathering bits of evidence alongside Audrey Rose as the story goes on The forensics that went into this story are where I believe it really stands out As previously mentioned, I m not a huge mystery fan so I don t have much authority on the matter, but this was one of the most unique YA mysteries I ve ever read You can tell the author took care not only to research her subject, Jack the Ripper, but also the nature of forensics as a whole The anatomical descriptions painted grotesque pictures in my mind, bringing the victims mutilated state to life please forgive the terrible pun but I am weak willed in the face of bad jokes Audrey Rose s position as a young woman in the Victorian era was an important aspect of the story as well As a proper high society female, she is constantly underestimated and disrespected but she does not let circumstances limit her She constantly questions why she, as a female, isn t thought to be as capable as her male counterparts and as such, always strives to prove said counterparts wrong This isn t necessarily uncommon in YA, but this case was unique because it was a situation of the female outwitting her opponents not in a battle or political sense, but rather in terms of her intelligence, scientifically Her fight to be able to be educated in her Uncle s classroom shows how important knowledge is to her and she proves, time and time again, that it is her most lethal weapon The murder mystery kept me guessing the whole time I m not terribly good at figuring out whodunnit mysteries, so keep that in mind, but I felt like the twists and turns this story took were not easily anticipated If I have one complaint, it s that it dragged a tiny bit at points But it wasn t unbearably so This kept me on the edge of my seat and made for a perfectly spooky Halloween read If you re looking for a good book to pick up this October, give this one a chance, I think it will surprise you The ShortActual rating 4.
5 Perfect for fans of The Diviners by Libba Bray, A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody or if you ve already read this and enjoyed it, you might like these Writing 4.
5 starsCharacters 4.
5 stars Plot 4 starsoriginality 5 stars All out of 5 stars The LongThis was sooo good I had heard such great things about this book, but knowing how mysteries are hit or miss with me, I was extremely skeptical What I expected A romance heavy mystery where I would be able to tell who was the culprit after one chapter at most.
What I got A scientific approach to the infamous whodunnit story of Jack the Ripper, featuring a strong heroine with a deep dedication to her forensic studies, constantly challenging what society deems is proper With just the right amount of romance, of course I listened to the audiobook, which was awesome I ve already started the 2nd one Despite the fact that I went the audiobook route, I still looked at the photos scattered throughout the story They really enhanced the reading experience, making it feel like I was gathering bits of evidence alongside Audrey Rose as the story goes on The forensics that went into this story are where I believe it really stands out As previously mentioned, I m not a huge mystery fan so I don t have much authority on the matter, but this was one of the most unique YA mysteries I ve ever read You can tell the author took care not only to research her subject, Jack the Ripper, but also the nature of forensics as a whole The anatomical descriptions painted grotesque pictures in my mind, bringing the victims mutilated state to life please forgive the terrible pun but I am weak willed in the face of bad jokes Audrey Rose s position as a young woman in the Victorian era was an important aspect of the story as well As a proper high society female, she is constantly underestimated and disrespected but she does not let circumstances limit her She constantly questions why she, as a female, isn t thought to be as capable as her male counterparts and as such, always strives to prove said counterparts wrong This isn t necessarily uncommon in YA, but this case was unique because it was a situation of the female outwitting her opponents not in a battle or political sense, but rather in terms of her intelligence, scientifically Her fight to be able to be educated in her Uncle s classroom shows how important knowledge is to her and she proves, time and time again, that it is her most lethal weapon The murder mystery kept me guessing the whole time I m not terribly good at figuring out whodunnit mysteries, so keep that in mind, but I felt like the twists and turns this story took were not easily anticipated If I have one complaint, it s that it dragged a tiny bit at points But it wasn t unbearably so This kept me on the edge of my seat and made for a perfectly spooky Halloween read If you re looking for a good book to pick up this October, give this one a chance, I think it will surprise you If you opened up a PDF of this book and control F searched it for the phrase kind of girl, your computer would explode Or suddenly bypass decades of hypothesized technological progress and instantly become cognizant and emotional, developing the ability to feel just so it could ask you, personally, why the author of this book thought she could possibly write anything remotely empowering to women while taking down women at large at every turn.
This book is so bad and so unfeminist it could cause the singularity.
Here are the main ways this book is bad 1 IT S SEXISTThis whole thing posits itself as if it were a confection baked in a feminist bakery An equality cupcake with empowerment frosting and the death of misogyny on top It is, after all, a revisionist history in which we all get to pretend that a girl a girl Named Audrey Rose was pivotal in the solving of the Jack the Ripper case and please ignore the part where that case isn t actually solved , and also that girl is a mortician living a secret life Because she s rich And respected And the whole thing should be so deliciously contrary to gender roles and also dead body y and we get to have a great, corpsey time This is what I wanted.
If you ve ever read one of my reviews before, this is where you get worried If you weren t already worried when you saw that sweet sweet one star rating Because I never, never, NEVER get what I want from books And true to form, this book took one look at my hopes and dreams and asked Oh, are these your expectations And then when I nodded excitedly, it ate them.
Or something.
Clearly, and for so many reasons we ll get into later, this author has no f cking idea how to write a powerful female character Instead, she has to resort to tearing down other girls to make her value brand spoiled brat of a wannabe badass seem strong Here are some examples.
Instead of writing a character who is focused on her work dreams achievements family friends the scene outside her window the history of umbrellas weekly school board meetings ostriches than the cute boy nearby, she writesI was thankful I wasn t the kind of girl to lose my mind over a handsome facePity that all that internalized sexism was for naught anyway, considering our lovely protagonist spends the entire f cking book losing her mind over that exact handsome face.
Instead of writing a powerful, brave, unrelenting narrator who doesn t give up when the going gets tough, she writesI wasn t the sort of girl who backed downImportant clarification, considering how many girls I encounter every day who just seem to do NOTHING but back down They relish it Classic girls, am I right Weak fools.
And instead of writingactually, you know what, I don t even know This line is so completely useless from a characterization standpoint, or any standpoint of any kind, that I have actually no idea what the author was going for I ll just type it here and see if you have any guessesI enjoyed applying makeup as any girl my age would, only I did so with a lighter handSonot only some fun generalizations about girls, but also some makeup shaming Ah, we have fun.
But let s not deprive ourselves of discussing everyone s favorite insufferable brat.
2 THE MAIN CHARACTER IS TERRIBLESomething that tends to be true about every book is that you spend a lot of time with the main character Sometimes this is pleasant sometimes it is whatever sometimes it is less than ideal Rarely is it a continual, never ending process of irritation and profound suffering.
That last scenario is what we get here, with our dear Audrey Rose And first off, I have to say I know that Audrey is like an ancient name and everything, but Audrey Rose reads much like John Green character than nineteenth century girl of title Here s my Audrey Rose impression I am powerful and fearless Everyone underestimates me I am not like other girls who cannot even use a knife at a tea party Oh, what s that A mildly scary or gruesome thing faints immediately I would estimate that 57% of that is directly from the text.
Also, we are reading about pretty touchy stuff here These are real life murder victims, real women who were often just minding their business and living their lives best they could when they were brutally attacked in their own neighborhoods This is sad even almost 150 years later, and our protagonist is reacting in real time So she should be stricken.
Should be.
Instead, this girl will be like This is the saddest thing that has ever happened We should pay undying respect on one page, and then be crackin jokes and comparing her dumbass problems I have a curfew My brother doesn t get me to those of brutal murder victims on the next We stan consistency and compassion.
She has zero common sense, very little personality outside of the comparisons to other girls, and a whole lot of entitlement She jumps right into situations she knows nothing about and screws everything up, always, all the time Everything she does on this case is sheer luck between moments of making dizzying eye contact with the hot guy she works with.
Speaking of which.
3 HOW IS THE ROMANCE SO TERRIBLE I don t have much to say beyond that category title, really How is this so bad There is no chemistry There is no slow burn, or rooting for the characters, or any real hate to love outside of some surface level attempts at cashing in on America s favorite trope The characters spend the whole time being separately insufferable and at occasional moments coming together to combine their insufferableness into one insufferable mountain of insufferability The number one reason I don t think I can continue with this series is my awareness that I will be expected to root for these two buffoons to mash their faces together.
4 THE OTHER BUFFOONI also and it brings me no joy to say this cannot stand Thomas.
I don t think he s quirky, or smart, or funny I find him neither lovable nor charming nor interesting He does not live up to the descriptors swoon worthy or book boyfriend material He is an inconsistently characterized mishmash of every fictional crush clich from whatever Cole Sprouse is on Riverdale to Will Herondale, and it DOESN T WORK.
He s annoying and omnipresent and condescending and mean and nonsensical I don t get why Audrey Rose likes him, and I especially don t understand why he likes her.
Everything about this book feels like an evil factory took every piece of content that s Popular With The Teens and blended it into this unholy smoothie of suffering and unoriginality.
5 IT S GREAT WHEN HISTORICAL FICTION IS HISTORICALLY INACCURATE, AND WHEN books WITH SCIENCE GET THE SCIENCE WRONGThe author has a big note at the end of the book explaining all the various ways she f cked up history while writing this book Which is very fun, I think, when writing historical fiction Why stay faithful in any way to history It s just historical, after all That author s note mostly, if not entirely, had to do with the ways she messed with the Jack the Ripper case itself Kind of insane, considering that s what this entire book centers around, but whatever It s not my biggest qualm.
That would be the fact that while reading this, I, a person who has not taken a history class in three or so years, would occasionally think Hm That doesn t sound right and Google Or sometimes I, a person who has hated science for her entire life, would think, Huh Not sure if that s scientifically accurate and do some light research.
And it would turn out the person who wrote this book, who ostensibly did extensive studying on the late nineteenth century, and at least a little on science and anatomy, considering her protagonist was into bothwould have made what we call an oopsie.
Here are a few of the things I just happened to Google that were in some way misrepresented in the book Extra details included if I remember them photography the technology just wasn t at the level it s presented as, and this is one I m confident about, considering I was in a history of photography class at the time I was reading this exposure immunity as a concept cross contamination as a concept popularity of the Petri dish it existed but was not in common use contagiousness of leprosy scabs late in the illness leprosy isn t really contagious like that transplants the first successful one was in 1954, nearly 70 years after the events of this book popularity of cigarettes use wasn t widespread in the West until the 20th century the concept of medication for mental illness the idea that someone would think, in the 19th century, that someone s salvation from his mental illness would come in the form of tonics working on his physiology is just absurd Even if it s coming from our protagonist, who we re supposed to believe without evidence is brilliant This book is so careless that it s impossible for me to care about it.
6 VERY, VERY, VERY POORLY WRITTENThis is not very well written Which is fine, in some ways it s a debut, after all However, there s something about trying to write in an old timey style that just ties some authors up in knots Let s explore some of those knotsConsequences come with a high cost, some than othersUhconsequences ARE that high cost You re talking about the consequencesof consequencesIf only there were a way to cure life s most fatal disease DeathSo, in other words If only there were a way to cure life s most death causing disease Death OBVIOUSLY DEATH IS FATAL IT S DEATHJack was coming undone, it seemedHuh Really You mean that guy who s been murdering women and cutting their organs out That dude He always seemed pretty mentally sound to me.
Also, at one point, a character says Uh huh You know The way rich British people in the late nineteenth century famously talked.
7 BAD PLOT VERY BADLike a middling episode of a value brand version of CSI, we spend this whole book following our intrepid cast as they think they ve cracked the case, and are wrong And then wait no actually now they ve got it Oh wait scratch that, they re wrong And then third time s the charm we got this you guys we got him We know it And then they re wrong.
And then the actual answer falls into their laps through no real sleuthing or skill of their own, and it was the ending you knew it d be for a long, long time.
What plotline could be satisfying than that Bottom line This book was brutal And not in the fun, old timey murder way I expected pre reviewmy hobbies include having unpopular opinions sufferingreview to come currently reading updatesSPOOKY SEASON should I actually prioritize my schoolwork and other responsibilities, or should I push all of that off and ignore it so I can read this book during Halloween month sound off in the comments below spoiler alert I m irresponsible DNF after 5 chapters Loved the beginning, which has the heroine literally up to her elbows with a cadaver in an autopsy room But the deliberate visceral appeal of those types of scenes, reminiscent of THE MADMAN S DAUGHTER, are hampered by thin romantic beginnings, mannered dialogue, and an anachronistic hammering of modern feminist attitudes Since people love to kneejerk complain over observations like the last one, I ll spell it out clearly for the trolls in simple language view spoiler Recycled from previous reviews, but hey, I m tired and I m not paid for this hide spoiler Lord help the girl he set those eyes for good His boyish vulnerability was a weapon, powerful and disarming I was thankful I wasn t the the kind of girl to lose my mind over a handsome faceI originally gave this two stars, but the I thought about it, the pissed off I felt Stalking Jack the Ripper is what happens if you drop a girl with 21st century feminist ideas in the Victorian era Everything about Audrey Rose, from her speech to her actions, screams 2016I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours were filled with steel and steam driven partsNotice I put quotation marks around feminist Because this book is not feminist Sure, it sells itself as such with a headstrong heroine with a smart mouth and an obsession with the macabre which I enjoyed, to its credit , but it s lazy feminism It s Julie Kagawa feminism or Kristin Cashore feminism Audrey Rose is the only capable woman in the book Everyone else is either on Team Evil, like her stuffy aunt and the sharp tongued girls who only dream of serving their husband at the tea party, or utterly forgettable like her cousin I finished this book this afternoon and I can t even recall her name That s how insubstantial she is Just know that she s the Fun Best Friend, the kind that likes gossiping, clothes and sneaking off to make out with boys In contrast, the men play much bigger roles There s Thomas Cresswell, her brother Nathaniel, her father, her uncle, the policeman, and the psychic who s wearing a baggy shirt with the words, Fucking huge plot device on it They all play crucial roles in the narrative, and not just as a murdered prostitute By casting Audrey Rose against this background of intelligent useful men and unmemorable worthless women, you re basically saying, She s not like other girls She s as good as a man, which I don t need to tell you is incredibly insulting Why must value be measured in masculine terms Why can t a woman be brilliant alongside a bunch of sisters from other misters who are also brilliant I m planning to write my MPhil English thesis on this topic and it gets me all fired up when other women have to be shoved down in order for the protagonist to rise, rise to hallowed hall of men and their power pyramid, where she s congratulated for not being part of that weak sex It would have so cool if Audrey Rose cracked the case by interviewing prostitutes, lower class women, etc and then using that information that s usually deemed trivial by men Everything happens too conveniently for her I have never seen her use an ounce of the logic and intelligence she claims to possesses She stumbles onto clue after clue like a kid hunting for gumballs in a candy shop It s even infuriating considering she constantly waxes on about how able she is and how society is keeping her in chains, but it s men who helps her at every turn view spoiler I wanted Thomas to be the Ripper It would have been a original ending with huge emotional whammy If you added in the stuff with the women, it would ve been amazing I know a lot of reviewers love him, but I found him to be eye rollingly generic His wisecracks don t feel real And there s a scene where Audrey realizes his emotionless, callous exterior is to mask some childhood torment and I guffawed so hard, I choked on my spit It is the ultimate proof of how lazy this story is Even the love interest doesn t get an original backstory hide spoiler I m so glad my soulmate isn t here yet, I m not ready to mess up something that intense when they find out that not only have I figured out who Jack the Ripper was I also figured out the WHY and the HOWI think it s time to formally call myself out on watching too many episodes of criminal minds It s rendered me far too angsty and it s also become almost second nature for me to meet any stranger and think that I ve uncovered the real identity of Jack the Ripper and that it s probably them Regardless, I really enjoyed reading this book It was fun and exciting and I was just sitting there in my mentally gem encrusted throne, staring down at the characters while seeping from a skull shaped glass and patiently waiting for them to sherlock holmes their way to the actual murderer Which makes me really grateful that I could only try to solve the murders from the safety of my own home because as evidence suggests I m actually a stack of potatoes piled on top of each other wearing an oversized sweater x THE CHARACTERS Audrey Rose is a woman who was assigned the role of the dutiful daughter of a wealthy man in the Victorian era but didn t conform to the typical societal idea of what that woman should be She wants to be treated like an equal instead of being steamrolled by others and absolutely refuses to cater the way she presents herself to anyone She s curious, sometimes brash, obsessed with everything morbid and unapologetic for being soPretend I am as capable as a man Please, sir, do not value me so littleBut as much as I like her, there is only one universal truth and it s that when there s a psychopathic serial killer on the loose, you do not impulsively seek him out at night Just like when you have a creepy china doll and you get possessed, it s your own damn faultWield your assets like a blade, Cousin No man has invented a corset for our brains Let them think they rule the world It s a queen who sits on that throne Never forget that.
Does anyone else ever meet a character that s so much Your Type it makes you genuinely mad at your own predictability Meet Thomas Cresswell.
I m actually tempted to excavate this pathetic excuse of a heart from my chest Don t associate her with me See, Cresswell might be a goblin from the depths of the city s sewage system who s repelled by any gesture of actual decency and whose endgame seems to be irritating the ever loving shit out of everyone but the swamp grinch in me has fully embraced the heart eyes emoji role and if you re ever wondering what I m thinking about it s probably drinking wine on a balcony over a city and looking at the lights with Thomas after a busy day spent being inundated by violence and trauma and all kind of forensics matters.
Also, I think of him as a grumpier and boldier version of Spencer Reid from criminal minds He sees every detail, notices the tiniest nuances and if he happens to miss something, he would definitely catch it oversight Add in of course a bit of sarcasm is his native language and he might seem stoic and unapprochable but is actually just shit at properly handling social situationsIf I don t murder you this afternoon, it ll be a gift sent directly from God Himself, and I vow to attend services again, I said, holding a hand against my heart I knew I d get you to church eventuallyTHE ROMANCE I actually really liked it and boy am I here to SHIP IT Mainly because it was not the focus of the story but just sort of an extension of a deep understanding and respect these characters have found in companionship They didn t seek after it so earnestly, it just came to them when it was time And to be honest, it was the kind of romance where the you roast each other the stronger the love and let s be real if you can t call your otp two dorks who are in love but also wanna murder each other in the cute way not the jack hyde way then is it really your otp I m so excited for the next book because you knowThere s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romancex SOME CRITICISM I didn t like that the only other female character who had some page time Audrey s cousin was made to be the underdeveloped supporting character who only has that one scene where the MC seeks out her advice or complains a bit and then just carries on with the main plot I feel like the book was so caught up in showcasing Audrey going against all mental and societal stereotypes that it completely ignored and overshadowed these other women and the hardships they re facing too, which I thought was just so lazy tbh Audrey s Indian heritage was completely glossed over I wished to learn about her and her mother but aside from the fleeting mention of Indian food, we didn t really get any backstory this review could also be found on my blog Damn it all If every time I decided to have a snack, I picked up this book and it would be at a morbidly, graphic part of the book Hence, said snacking ceased to exist There were parts of the book that were a tad boring but overall I think it was great There are also pictures through out the book I might add some later Audrey works with her uncle cutting up cadavers and doing gross stuff they do with trying to find out causes of death and what have you Thomas is also a student that is learning as well They both get caught up on trying to find out who Jack The Ripper was as one of the girls worked as a servant at Audrey s home I think she was there for like a day, but still Then it became a thing for Audrey and Thomas to find this mad man to stop the killings And I knew who the Ripper was in the first few chapters The author added some things to try to make you think it was someone else BUT.
I liked Audrey s uncle even though he was a bit nutty Thomas grew on me Audrey got on my nerves from time to time Audrey s dad was nice but had a lot of sadness And Audrey s brother, Nathaniel, I crushed on for a bit there He wasn t in the book much but still The ending was completely sad and I really loved the way the author set it up I have read other Ripper books whose ending was a big let down The end of this book was sad AND morbid The end, end was sweet and leads us into the next book Yessssssss Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Listen, I am acknowledging this is not the best book ever written But I am also telling you that I liked reading it a lot.
It is no holds barred entertainment with hints of substance underneath that I m hoping continue to develop.
Audrey Rose does autopsies On cadavers This is obviously not generally considered acceptable for societal women in 1888 She is kind of not the most street smart person ever and keeps doing things that are completely lacking in common sense I do not respect or like this about her However, I like her as a concept and no one ever said I had to be consistent Despite doing Things That Anyone Could Tell You Are Not Smart, she s an interesting character with well done emotional arcs Also, I shockingly like the character of Thomas Cresswell I think I was expecting stock asshole YA hero, but that s not what I got He s not trying to be an asshole, he s just genuinely obtuse about other people s human emotions and other people in general Which I like because I on some level relate I like that the love interest has that trait, which is something I think we as a society usually frame as making a person terrible.
In terms of the feminism I was kind of no Full disclosure, I do think this narrative will improve in further books But the thing is, this book is not really that feminist I honestly think my favorite Em, who also has read this book and also really likes Thomas Cresswell, put it best as usual this book was so caught up in showcasing Audrey going against societal rules that it completely ignored and overshadowed other women in the narrative, and it is a lazy decision And as she also pointed out, Audrey s Indian heritage is basically glossed over I have two original thoughts My first original thought is that this book could have discussed colonialism way if it were willing to make Audrey Rose s dad a nuanced character This is a really boring thought that everyone has already had Love that the heroine is half Indian, but like it is the 1880s in Britain and India is being brutalized right now That would have been nice to mention once or twice, my guy My second thought is that Thomas Cresswell should definitely have been a girl Because the thing about this novel is it contains approximately four main characters aside from Audrey Rose, and all of them by nature of the narrative and what it s saying about male privilege need to be men Except for Thomas And a book about two girls kicking ass and saving London together is sort of obviously feminist than a book about one girl and one guy Yes, I m saying this book would be better if it were gayer, and yes, I m right Thanks.
And now we get to the topic of the killer review, which you should not read about because going in without knowledge is always good Okay, the funny thing is that enough people said the killer was obvious from chapter two that I was really expecting it to be evenobvious than it was, and I ended up thinking it was the most obvious candidate instead of the actual killer for like half the book, until I finally realized that was just way too obvious So yeah, fine, the reveal is kind of easy to guess But I still like this killer reveal This killer reveal is good because it doesn t really depend on shocking you I had heavily considered the possibility and it still just made me sad for Audrey Rose Which I think makes for an overall stronger reveal.
Anyway, I think this review is probably over because I m tired of writing it But I thought this book was really entertaining I haven t read book two yet that might be the source of my decision on whether to recommend this but I mean, I did enjoy it Guiltily So you might too.
Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube Well that was a charming ending to a rather dark story By that I mean the last three pages warmed my heart while the previous three hundred chilled my bones.
Stalking Jack the Ripper was easily my most anticipated release of the second half of 2016 I wouldn t go as far as to say that I m fascinated by the horrifying personage that was Jack the Ripper, but my curiosity and disgust cannot help but awake at the mention of him and his doings.
Kerri Maniscalco created very human characters in this story Humans are, and we know this, highly flawed We like them we like our peers but there are moments when we want to send them straight to hell.
Audrey Rose, the heroine, as well as every single person surrounding her are strangely likeable despite all their flaws As soon as I finished the first chapter, I was certain I would come to despise Audrey s uncle to the core of my being but he proved himself to be surprisingly endearing, as introverted and grumpy as he may be.
Therefore, the characters are not ones I had any problem with Truly, I cannot wait to see them again the ones still alive that is, heheh in the sequels.
The writing style is another wonderful element of this book Even when the story slowed down very, very intensely , I still managed to enjoy myself with Maniscalco s witty words She captured the right atmosphere a mystery novel with dark scenes should have.
Now, what I wished were different is the romance Both Audrey and Thomas are intriguing and loveable so, individually, they are not a problem But together, they are awkward and seem to exasperate each other to no end instead of awakening romantic feelings inside one another What could have been an exciting case of love hate relationship fell short.
Further, while the story is, overall, complex and well written, it is not always interesting per se Firstly, it s quite slow and descriptive so much I sometimes had to go back and reread dialogs to remember what the talking was about And, secondly, the stalking Audrey and Thomas do, for the most part, helps little in the end, and reveals to be reckless than courageous And it s not exactly stalking either, so you know.
But, all in all, I don t regret reading this book, for I had the chance to meet memorable characters and discover a new author with talent in weaving words Not a book I will reread in the next ten years, but one I will certainly remember.
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