Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
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. (From Goodreads.)
“Ah,” Uncle said, putting a hat on and tugging it low, “the dead speak to those who listen. Be quieter than even them.”
I don’t know how to review this book, honestly. My opinion is clearly biased because I read it on my laptop (and that always takes me twice longer than when I read a physical book) and I read it while I was travelling (so I was constantly distracted, you know what I mean).
(That’s why this post is so late, by the way. Sorry, guys!)
That being said, I quite enjoyed the story, but mostly the romance between Thomas and Audrey Rose. I didn’t really care about the case, and I think that’s because it felt too obvious to me who the killer was. (I mean, there weren’t that many character options to guess from, so I wasn’t surprised at the end when the killer is revealed.)
It took me a while to actually care about Thomas. At first I just found him too arrogant and annoying, which are not qualities I find myself attracted to. But he kind of grew on me, and I really enjoyed the witty dialogues between Audrey Rose and him.
“Your brother’s right. Something wicked lurks in these shadows.”
I twisted around to stare at him. “Something more wicked than you?”
Or my personal favorite:
“It’s too bad,” I said. “Your reputation will be completely ruined once people discover I saved you.”
“Destroy it for all I care.” Thomas laughed outright. “You can save me again if it ends with a kiss.”
I liked that the heroine was a strong one, that she didn’t want to follow society’s ridiculous rules on what a woman should and shouldn’t do. And in general, like I said, I quite enjoyed this book, but there was just something about the formal writing and the numerous descriptions that didn’t fit my travelling mood. I’m sure if I had read this back home, cozy by the fire, it would’ve been a completely different experience!
Also, while I was impressed by the author’s knowledge on science and autopsies, I found myself skipping some really graphic descriptions of organs being manipulated because I’m just too sensible for that kind of talk.
You’ve been warned!
That’s it for me!
Have you read this book?
Did you like it or not?
Did you guess who the Ripper was?
Let me know in the comments! 🙂
Book Club May
I have a plane to catch to Sofia, Bulgaria, in a couple of hours, so no time to write an entire post on the next book club, I’m afraid, so I’ll just let you know here!
We’ll be reading Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. I read Eleanor & Park from this author and fell in love with her writing, so I can’t wait to read this one! I’ve heard so many great things about it!