Stalking Jack the Ripper, Kerri Maniscalco (2016)
Genres: Historial, Young Adult, Mystery
If you haven’t heard the hype for this book recently then have you really been reading blogs? This book seems to be everywhere and at the moment I have a kick for historical fiction so I ordered myself the beautiful hardback. It zoomed to the top of my TBR and I read it fairly soon after buying it, a book consuming miracle perhaps?
To be honest, I was disappointed. I hadn’t seen any bad reviews for this book, only glowing and positive comments. I found it immensely obvious, there were no surprises and it all went down the cliche path that I really hoped it wouldn’t. The redeeming factor was the attempts of the protagonist, Rose, in trying to rise to attributes of early feminism. She was making a name for herself which proved her as an inspiring character. But other than this, the relationships, the other characters, it was all a bit cringey for me.
I’ve still giving this a three star review, because for half of the book I felt it was still gripping and I wanted to continue reading, but the later part became obvious and repetitive and I just wanted it to end. Don’t get me wrong, none of this is because of the writing style, the writing and format was very interesting, offering occasional pictures to demonstrate certain medical procedures. On that note, this is not for the squeamish amongst you, this book goes into detail of corpses, blood, murder, all of that sort of gruesome stuff! It really was just the plot for me that put me off.
I’d be interested to know if anyone else didn’t love this book? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below.