Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper


Written by: Kerri Maniscalo

Published on: 20 September 2016

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult Fiction

Blurb: 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.

My Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo is a gripping, fun and witty read that I was so excited to pick up! I had been eyeing this book up for some time before receiving it in my #busymamabookswap in November last year. It has since sat, longingly staring at me from my tbr pile to be read. I am so glad I finally got to it!

It was fun, witty and sexy.

I love thrillers and I find true crime very interesting (in a non-weirdo way). I have seen many films, TV shows and read other books about Ripper so I went into the story with some expectations. I liked that Kerri Maniscalo kept some facts and used creative license with the rest. It was fun, witty and sexy as our main character Audrey discovered the fabulous Sherlock-esque Thomas Cresswell.

Both Audrey and Thomas are fun, strong-willed characters who show us how the gender equilibrium should be and not how the patriarchal society of C19th London was. Audrey is intelligent and thus severe on the inequalities women faced at that time and she was empathetic to the women Jack the Ripper preyed on. I found Maniscalo’s narrative to be affirming and inspiring, especially as this is aimed at a YA audience and so sending the right message to the right readers. At times, Audrey reminded me of an older, C19th Hermione – and I loved that 🙂

The story was face paced and deliciously dark in places. there were some good twists and I was utterly convinced I knew who it was until I didn’t! Fab and fun.

Giving this book 4/5 stars and looking forward to picking up the next in the series. Hurrah!

Have you read this one? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.



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2 thoughts on “Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

  1. I love how we’ve kind of come full circle with true crime. At first, creative license in telling true crime stories was accepted, if not expected (I’m thinking In Cold Blood). Then, we went really sour on writers “making things up”, and demanded 100% stark truth-telling. Now, we’ve come all the way back around to fictionalising true crime events. I’m fine with either approach, to be honest – I love reading both! I’ve not picked up Stalking Jack The Ripper yet but I’d like to, thanks for sharing your thoughts!


    1. Thanks, Sheree! I think you’re write. For me personally, if it is fictional then I have no problem with creative license. If we only ever read fiction that was only rooted in fact then there wouldn’t be anything new to experience x

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