Disclaimer: I am not a professional book reviewer. This is just for fun.
There was a lot of buzz in the bookish community about “Stalking Jack the Ripper” by Kerri Maniscalco. I heard nothing but good things about it, so I quickly added it to my “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.
So, my first memory with this book is actually one that confirms how clumsy I can be. When I first bought this book at Barnes & Noble, I had accidently spilled tea all over it. Those poor pages were done for.
I was definitely sad, especially because this book was supposed to be my first read of 2019, but with the incident, I ended up reading “The Neverending Story” instead.
Eventually, I did buy a new copy, and I was finally ready to start reading.
Forewords don’t normally catch my attention, but James Patterson’s foreword in this book made me very excited to read it.
I’ve acutally never read a book by James Patterson, but the way he explained the importance of this book as a representation for many firsts and the way he expressed his enjoyment of the story made me feel almost honored to get to read it.
Thomas Cresswell quickly became my favorite character. I love how his confidence is borderline arrogance at times, because it doesn’t come off rude or annoying. When it happens, you can’t help but smile while rolling your eyes. For me, I think his love for Audry Rose surfaces a bit quickly. He clearly is smitten by her, but it gets to be too much at times with his constant flirting.
However, their relationship blossoms quite beautifully. He can tell she does have feelings for him, so he flirts, but he never pushes the envelope until she’s ready to kiss him.
The pacing of the book is also well done, in my opinion. I didn’t feel like anything was rushed, and I also didn’t feel like I got bored at any point. My favorite part of the pacing is that I felt like I could pause at any given chapter and not feel pressured to keep going.
I understand it’s a writer’s goal to get the reader to keep turning the page, and Kerri Maniscalco certainly had that effect on me; but I do think it’s important to have moments between chapters where there is a natural pause.
I’m a busy college student who can only pick up this book between classes. I very much appreciate a book that doesn’t make me feel guilty for putting the book down. There’s a way to keep the story compelling without making your reader feel terrible for not getting back to it until a week later.
If I can pick up the book again days later and immediately feel like I’m once again immersed, then I’m a happy reader.
I normally don’t try to guess the ending of a book, but I couldn’t help myself with this one.
I think with Audrey Rose’s compelling drive to solve the mystery, I wanted to join in and do the same. I did successfully guess who Jack was, and though I figured it out way before the ending, I still very much enjoyed the book.
The book has a sequel called “Hunting Prince Dracula.” I’m not sure if I’ll be reading it any time soon since I’ve got so many other books on my shelves calling my name, but I do know it’s a book I look forward to pick up sometime in the future.