Publisher: Jimmy Paterson
Published: September 20th, 2016
Genres: YA, horror, historical fiction, Mystery
My Rating: 3.75 stars
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.
I enjoyed this book, but I think I know too much about Jack the Ripper to enjoy it as much as my peers have. On its surface, this book is exactly the kind of book I should love. However, there were little things that didn’t fit the actual timelines of events of the true events of the fall of 1888 in the East End of London. These were all spoken about in the authors note at the end, and honestly, don’t hurt the plot or the story, but they bother me.
I have mentioned this on my blog before, but I’m a bit of a “crime enthusiast” — I’m pretty sure there is a better name for it– I greatly enjoy true crime stories as well as fictional crime stories, and Jack the Ripper is the big one. So I know the story pretty well. If I didn’t know it as well as I do, the small changes of events wouldn’t have bothered me.
This book had an excellent build up in suspense, giving us many possible suspects for who the murderer could end up being. I did like the Police Superintendent as looking a little like Prince Albert. I’m pretty sure it mentions it in the book, but Prince Albert was a less serious suspect in the murders at the time. So I thought that throwing in that they bore a striking resemblance was a great way to point a finger toward him for those very familiar with the case.
I like the mortuary angle. Many/most stories about murderers are from the police or someone connected to the police. Having Audrey Rose working in the morgue sciences, especially with this case where most of the knowledge we know about it is from the dead bodies of the five dead women. So much can be learned from a dead body, and many cases are solved from evidence on a body. I liked that part of the story. As it was in its infancy at the time, I found it really cool to see how it was used to be done.
Maniscalco does a great job in rotating who the suspects are, as a reader you are bouncing between suspects any of the male characters could be it. I honestly didn’t see the ending coming. That was a great lead up, with tiny clues laid out. It was masterfully done.
This book is a great thriller, probably better if you don’t know the ins and outs of the Jack the Ripper case as if you were a member of Scotland Yard in 1888.
This is a great October read. It’s creepy, and at times graphic. If you like murder mysteries and enjoy gruesome crime scenes and horrific murder, this is the book for you.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I know much less about Dracula.
Until next time Internet,