Okay guys I just want to start out by saying that I’m just going to call book reviews, “Book Talks.” These aren’t going to be deep reviews, some of them might be, but I don’t plan on it. Also, I just like the way “Book Talk” sounds!
I bought this book because I liked the cover: a girl, playing with a knife, set in the 1800’s, clearly dealing with Jack the Ripper. After I bought this book it sat on my “to be read” pile for a few months. I didn’t touch it because I didn’t think it could be that good, and honestly I’m not a James Patterson fan. I think putting his name on the book deterred me from reading this novel longer.
Once I decided to hack away at this story I couldn’t put it down. The characters that Kerri Maniscalo creates within this story are layered and witty. Audrey Rose is a feminist in a time where very few exist. She wants to follow her passion of, what today we would call, a Forensic Pathologist. She fights to do what she is passionate about and finds (what I consider to be one of the best characters ever) Thomas. Through their work they are introduced to the victims of Jack the Ripper and Audrey takes it upon herself to find the identity of this gruesome killer.
But, honestly though, Thomas is the best. Think of a more forward, flirty, and attractive Sherlock Holmes and you have Thomas. The chemistry the two have… PERFECTION. Okay, that’s all I’m going to say, don’t let my ships stop you from picking this book up because it isn’t as mushy as I’m making it sound.
Every time I thought I had Maniscalo’s Ripper figured out her characters would go to confront them; and I, as well as the characters, would be wrong. This book kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat until the very end!
It is shelved in the teen science fiction section. It is teen because there is no adult content or themes. Now for the science fiction part, I have read books that were heavier in this genre. The only part of the book that is science fiction is the last, I would say, two or three chapters. If you’re someone that loves to read Sci Fi then I would say this isn’t for you but if you stray more towards period dramas or mysteries and some fantasy then pick it up!
I love this book and I hope you will too. The author is as cute as can be too! I met her at BookCon 2017 in New York. She may have signed my book from Thomas, which made my heart swoon.
I’m going to leave you with a low quality picture of me kissing this book, because I love it that much!
Let me know what you guys think of this book in the comments!