“Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…
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.
The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.”
I LOVED THIS BOOK.
Another book that I decided to pick up due to the hype surrounding it. With all the hype around it, I had no idea if I was going to like this book at all. Not only that, but it also combines 2 genres that I don’t really read a whole ton of: historical fiction and thrillers/mysteries.
It thoroughly impressed me.
Starting off with the characters, all of them were interesting. First starting off with Audrey Rose, she had this aura surrounding her that gave me a sense of independence. She was very mature for not only her age but also for the time in which she was living. Seeing her standing up for herself in this time in which she was going into a very much male-dominated field was fantastic.
Then we have Thomas. Thomas was also a great character to learn about. If I am being completely honest, I thought that he was the ripper throughout almost the entirety of the book due to the fact he was so charming. It was almost too good to be true. But once it was revealed that he was not in fact to be the ripper, my enjoyment of his character grew even more.
The romance aspects of this book is where my feelings on this book are the most mixed. Overall, I have mostly positive things to say about the romance. It wasn’t problematic. Thomas let Audrey Rose do what she wanted and wasn’t over-bearing. It was a good one but it also felt a little insta-lovey, at least at first. It did eventually get out of this insta-lovey phase as the book went along but at first, it kind of annoyed me but, like I said, it grew on me as the book went along.
Finally, diving into my favorite part about this book: the plot. Overall, this plot was fantastic. It kept me guessing until the very end. Twists and turns around every corner. Slow at time but again, it had this mystery element to it that kept me invested in the story and not start hating it by any means.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this book. Well worth the hype in my personal opinion. I have no idea where Maniscalco is going to take Audrey Rose’s story from here in the sequels but I know that they will be just as amazing, if not even more amazing, as this book was.