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.
SOURCE: ARC from publisher
I went into this one with high hopes. So many of my fellow bloggers were in love with it already and I’ve always been fascinated with Jack the Ripper like so many others. We are a morbid bunch aren’t we? While I loved the book, I was entertained, read it fairly quickly, etc I felt a little something lacking for me. Yes, Audrey is another teen girl making rash decisions, most forgivable due to age, but wearing dresses to investigate? It didn’t feel as true if only because of her choice to pursue an “unladylike” profession to begin with. I feel like if we were breaking one rule with her we should be breaking all of them. I’m here for a strong woman, I just want her to stick to her guns so to speak for all things.
This was a highly entertaining debut and start to a series with quirky characters that I look forward to seeing more of in the next installment Hunting Prince Dracula. Also, maybe a bit more kissing??