Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Several months ago, I was in a Target book aisle picking up two copies of A Court of Thorn & Roses by Sarah J Maas for Andrew and I to read for our book club. Like usual, I was looking at the rest of the books just to see if there was anything new out that I haven’t seen or heard of before.. when the cover of this book caught my eye. I’m a sucker for historical fiction especially when the cover has a girl in a pretty dress. Next being the title; I am morbid and have a slight fascination with unsolved crimes.  I hadn’t planned on buying a book for just myself. Especially, cause there were several other books on my TBR i needed to get to do (and still do) but the price was right and I felt compelled to do so.

As you can assume by the name Stalking Jack the Ripper is about pretty much just that. The author does a great job at combining the fictional story she is creating with the historical facts of the actual case. We follow Audrey a young high society lady who is fascinated in learning the work of her uncle…. a medical examiner. She loves the observation skills, medical knowledge and police work that goes into it but is very aware that it is frowned upon for a lady in general.. let alone her status to engage in.  Soon into the books we are meeting The Ripper’s victims and piecing the puzzle together. It seems the ripper could be someone close to her.. but we aren’t quite sure who just yet.

Audrey struggles with societal pressures, romantic feelings and an over protective father all the while trying to solve the case and catch Jack the Ripper. Although, I enjoyed the book overall. I would have been happy with a little more world building and the absolute ending wasn’t my favorite, but did the job. The one thing I struggled with was that I wanted Audrey to be a little more badass. (She is, and he knowledge of fighting is pretty historically accurate) BUT given the knife wielding girl on the cover; I was expecting someone more assassin like. Also,I am intrigued by the supernatural elements that will be at play in the next book in the series.. which I will eventually read but I am not dying to get my hands on at the moment.

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Book Review: How to Stop Time

Full Disclosure… I did receive this book for review. However, I did not read or really review it in a timely manner and this is 100% an honest review.

A couple months ago, I got an e-mail asking if i would be interested in reviewing a book, that essentially had “time travel”, history and a little mystery in it and my mind exploded, cause it mixed everything I LOVE into one. So, obviously.. I said yes!

Right off the bat… I will say the book was not at all what I expected ( like it doesn’t actually have time travel) but in the most pleasant way possible it is a very quick paced book, with a Benjamin Button-Esque vibe to it. The main character Tom is an anomaly, he is in a small club/genetic mutation of people who age extremely slowly. So although, he appears to be in his 40’s he is actually several hundred years old. What I loved most about this twist, is he is still human, he isn’t immortal by any means, just resilient.  The story line bounces back and forth between present day, and lives from Tom’s past.

Tom works for a secret society, meant to protect people like him, all the while searching for his daughter, who is believed to be just like him and battling with falling in love, when he know it isn’t a sustainable relationship.  All of this is very well written and as the pages kept dwindling down to the end; I couldn’t believe we were nearing the end! I honestly, want this to become a series, as I feel there is great potential for that. And that is my only gripe with this book.  It doesn’t appear to be a series (although, I hope I am wrong) So it felt, like everything kind of comes to a climax and conclusion in the very last pages. Which is something, I  actually hate when authors do. As if, they got tired of writing the story, so they try to wrap everything up as quickly as possible. This is one of those stories that the author could of easily added 100 more pages to the storyline and I would still be intrigued by everything going on.

What also, made it fun reading this book, was that I was also reading it, while actively watching ABC’s show Timeless. So, it just added a nice touch, in the historic aspects. I do highly recommend reading How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and would love to know others thoughts and feelings on how it ended.