Title: Staking Jack The Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
I saw Stalking Jack The Ripper going around a bit, mostly on BookTube, and knew that I was interested. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, no matter the time period, and oddly, a huge fan of books set in London as well which is exactly what SJTR was!
Last week while I was at the bookstore, I spotted it on the shelf and, of course, bought it, and I am so glad I did because I absolutely adored it!
Stalking Jack The Ripper is a fast paced, murder mystery centred around the murders that took place in Whitechapel, London in 1888 by unidentified serial killed known as Jack the Ripper. From the beginning, the story gripped me, and I found that for a murder mystery, it did a very good job of leaving clues on who the murdered was, but without giving it away. I didn't know who it was until it was revealed, but looking back the author was strategic and smart about the clues given to solve the mystery!
The protagonist of the story is Audrey Rose, the daughter of a wealthy lord. Against her fathers wishes she sneaks around to visit her Uncle to learn about forensic medicine, which was socially unacceptable at the time (although she didn't care about that at all). She is a kick-butt woman who doesn't let anyone tell her what to do, and it is wonderful.
Thomas Cresswell, Audrey's partner in crime (quite literally) throughout the story is also a super great character. He challenges Audrey, but she of course doesn't back down which makes for great banter and funny one liners throughout the otherwise darker novel.
The writing throughout the novel had nice flow, with dialogue and explanations that all contributed positively to the story line. It also very much reflected the time period that the book takes place in,m which I enjoyed a lot.
In conclusion, Stalking Jack The Ripper was a hit for me. From the gripping plot, to the strong characters, it was 5/5 stars. I would highly suggest this to anyone who loves historical fiction, murder mysteries, suspense and badass female leads!