Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published by Jimmy Patterson
Published On: September 20, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction, England 1800s
Maturity Level: YA - some violence and gore
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding this book and I’m really glad that for once I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed reading this book! There’s some books that suck you in and you have to read quickly but this was the kind of book I could take my time to enjoy which I loved. There’s so much detail that you could miss if you read it too quickly!
I think the part I loved the most was the atmosphere of this book. It’s supposed to be a horror book but I don’t know if I’d go that far. It’s more of a gothic book, with dead bodies and murder but nothing horribly scary. Our main character is learning how to do autopsies so there’s some details surrounding that but I mostly just found it really cool. I have no idea how accurate it was but it was all believable to me! I was also interested in that time period as well (one of my favs!) and I thought it was really cool how the historical event in this book was the serial killer Jack the Ripper. In historical books we’re often shown either the war or the political side of things with the queen. It was just a really unique take of historical fiction.
My next favourite part was our main character Audrey Rose. She was everything I’ve ever wanted in a female heroine. I loved how she was always pushing the boundaries of society. She didn’t like that people could tell her that she couldn’t be a scientist when that’s what she really loved. She even made a point to wear pants because she hated being forced into dresses sometimes. I just really loved her energy and spirit to do what she wanted no matter the consequences.
I don’t think there’s a whole lot I didn’t like about this book. I would have loved to see more of that romance but that’s only because it was so good I needed more. I think the only reason that this didn’t get 5 stars from me was that it was a teeny bit predictable at some points and it just didn’t give me the overwhelming feeling a five star book gives me. That’s all personal opinion though because it was a really well written book.
I think that people who enjoy a little bit of a darker read would really love this book. Also if you’re interested in history then it’s a good book for you to pick up. The whole book really is as interesting as the summary makes it out to be!
This book will leave you dying for more! It’s beautifully written but also a little darker than most YA books. You won’t regret picking this one up!