Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1
Genre: YA Historical
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.
Ever since I heard the title of this book I was so excited. If you don’t know the Jack the Ripper story then you really missed out. If you want a little background see my Jack the Ripper Post–> HERE..
I haven’t read many YA historical novels, and I was a little worried that it would be less graphic and more targeted towards YA audience. The cover is genius. It appears the fantasy reader, as well as the historical reader. The Victorian gothic also gives a steampunk feel to.
I was the girl that Loved the Ripper
Aesthetically, The blood splatter Chapter headings and the accompanying photo’s in the book really add to the horror.
Audrey assisted performing autopsies, something I could hardly imagine that a woman would be interested in the Victorian times. However to actually be encouraged by family members did seem a bit far-fetched to me, but I got over it pretty quick. It did add to the suspense to the novel, as it was illegal for women to perform autopsies.
Thomas was an enigma, and his part in the whole story got me guessing the whole time. I’m not usually a fan of Crime novels, I get really anxious just to find out who is the murder and find I skip pages. Stalking Jack the Ripper, however, drew me in so completely that I wanted to gobble up everything as it was intended.
Such an enjoyable, sometimes tragic masterpiece from an unknown-to-me author.