Published: Jimmy Paterson, September 20th, 2016
Source: Hardcover, borrowed from library
Genre: Historical Fiction/Sci-FI
How I Felt: I absolutely loved this book! I picked it up because I'd heard nothing but good things and the synopsis was so interesting I couldn't resist. I was definitely not disappointed!
The writing is absolutely amazing. This is a debut book but it was just so well written you couldn't tell. I can't wait to read more from Maniscalco in the future. The writing did such an excellent job of transporting the reader to 19th century London and it was just amazing. I felt like I was a part of the story. I didn't feel the descriptions dragged on for too long as I feel about some books but there was just enough for you to completely visualize the story in your head. Everything from the setting to the wardrobe was just beautifully written.
Also, the mystery aspect was just so good. I don't know about others but personally I never saw the ending coming. I was so shocked. Maniscalco is so good at creating complex and mysterious characters I had no idea who to believe, who to trust, or who was Jack. It was brilliant. I loved it.
The only reason this isn't a five star read for me is because the beginning took me a little while to get into but once I was able to get invested it just hit the ground running and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
I love Thomas Creswell. He is such a well written character I can't even. So complex, yet such a cinnamon roll I love him and Audrey Rose. Their banter back and forth is hilarious and adorable I loved every second of that.
I also thought her uncle was quite the interesting character. As well as her father. They're all just so complex half the time I thought they were all in on it. It was just so good, how many times am I going to say that.
I have to talk about Audrey Rose. Her character was just phenomenal. I loved getting to read from her perspective. She's just such a realistic character and she's so strong and intelligent she's just amazing to read about. An infinite amount of books with her please.
The ending bit with Audrey Rose and her father. Gah, that was so cute I loved it, it made me so so happy.
This was such a dark and atmospheric read. It was so interesting, and I loved how it incorporated real historical events because usually the historical fiction I've read in the past is loosely based on past events or is only historical in the sense that it takes place in the past but doesn't include actual events.
Overall, I loved this book so much. I definitely suggest you pick this up if you can stomach a little bit of gore. But if you can get past that and are looking for a good YA mystery or are just interested in Jack the Ripper this one is for you. Soooo good. I can't wait for the next book, I can't wait to see where this goes! Eek! <3 I really wish I bought this so I could have my own copy to reread whenever I want. Ah! I need the second book now!!
(Also, the fanart for this book is absolutely stunning!)
Thanks for reading!