Audrey Rose Wadsworth lives the life of luxury and privilege, but after all the tea and socializing, she is studying forensic science under the watchful eye of her uncle. When the Leather Apron starts killing prostitutes in White Chapal, Audrey is determined to find the culprit even if it might be someone she loves.
So I am so angry that I’ve never read this book before because it was everything I could possibly want in a book and more! It had the coolest setting, it was based on a true crime case, the main character was a feminist scientist, and her partner was a sarcastic and yummy bad boy, it was BEAUTIFUL!
First of all, the setting is amazing and a personal favorite of mine. I just love Victorian England because it just reminds me of Jane Austen and all her amazing characters. I mean women don’t have any rights and they have to wear constricting clothing, but I just love it and it makes me feel slightly guilty. The setting didn’t change the fact that this main character was a BADASS!
I really loved this main character so much because she fought a stereotype of the, “I’m a different girl.” What I mean by that is that there are a lot of main characters that put down a lot of things that women like in order to be different. Most women love wearing pretty clothes and having tea parties and Audrey did not deny that like a lot of females in YA novels. I really enjoyed that because most of the time I feel a little guilty for caring about my appearance when a lot of main characters in novels don’t. Audrey could open up a murder victim while wearing a pretty dress and it didn’t matter.
Audrey was also a badass feminist. She would comment about the differences and the annoyances that women had to deal with in Victorian England. However, she would do it in a way that made fun of it rather than complain about it which I thought was a little more unique and interesting. I found her reactions to the social norms of women during this era also unique because even though she didn’t like it, she tried and wasn’t a complete sour puss about it.
I just loved Thomas omg he was perfect in every way. I love him so much and am almost ashamed that it has taken me this long to read his hilarious dialogue. OMG he made me laugh with his flirty comments to Audrey and I am so glad he is going with her in the next novel because I just can’t get enough of him. He is a perfect match for Audrey in every way and I loved to read their hilarious banter and exchange of ideas. However, I wanted more
Audrey’s family dynamic was also really interesting. It had an air of mystery and uncomfort that moved the story in a direction that I did NOT expect and it included a twist that was a jaw dropper. I loved how this twist proved Audrey a badass once again and Thomas as a sensitive and thoughtful person.
Overall, I thought this book was an EXCELLENT take on the Ripper murders and I can’t wait to read more about Scarlet and Thomas’s adventures!
My Book Rating
5/5 Book World
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: YA Gothic Horror
Published on September 20, 2020 by Jimmy Patterson
Copy Read: Hardcover