Book Club Discussion : Stalking Jack The Ripper

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Hello, everyone!! If you read my earlier post of this month, you know that I have a book club now *still in shock*. This month we read Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Now if you have read the book and want to discuss it, but aren’t an official part of the book club, you’re still invited to participate in the discussion if you want to. The more, the merrier. The reason for this book club is after all, to bond over books and our opinion and to meet more and more bookworms.

Warning : there will be spoilers in the comments!!! So, if you haven’t read the book, maybe don’t check that section.

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Now I’m going to put here some questions that could guide the conversation, but you’re totally open to answer those questions or just discuss the book as you wish. This is a very liberal book club, ha!

Questions about your reading experience

  1. Did you like the book?
  2. What is your rating for it?
  3. Do you consider Stalking Jack The Ripper to be a strong debut?
  4. What are the best parts and the worst parts of the book in your opinion?
  5. What are your favourite characters from the book?
  6. What did you think of the romance? Did you feel any shippy feelings?
  7. What did you think of Audrey Rose as a heroine? Did you enjoy reading from her perspective?
  8. Did you think the book was well researched? Or didn’t you pay all that much attention to it?
  9. What are your favourite quotes?
  10. Did you like the setting of this book? Would you like to visit some places from the book?
  11. Are there any plot lines that you didn’t like, would have preferred to go in a different way?
  12. Were you familiar with Jack The Ripper prior to reading this book?
  13. Do you think this book stood up to the reputation of Jack The Ripper? Do you think it’s a great addition to the material (fictional and not) that is related to him or not so much?
  14. Were there any plot holes that left you confused and would love to be explained?
  15. Did this book remind you of any other book?
  16. Did you like the ending of the book? Would you change anything?
  17. Did you suspect who was responsible for the murders?
  18. Would you recommend the book to other readers?
  19. Are you going to read the sequel?
  20. What are your expectations for what’s next in this series?

 

I really hope you enjoyed reading Stalking Jack the Ripper this month and will join us in May for our next read.

Right now, we’re deciding whether to have a permanent Twitter chat for all of our reads or a monthly chat only with the people who want to read the book of the month. You can check #thecursedbookclub for updates on Twitter all the time.

Also, you’re most welcome to pingback your reviews to this discussion post!!

I hope you all have fun discussing this book and more to come! Can’t wait to hear all your thoughts ❤

18 thoughts on “Book Club Discussion : Stalking Jack The Ripper

  1. mistysbookspace says:

    I buddy read this with a friend back in January and absolutely loved it. I ended up giving it a 4 star rating. My friend was able to guess who the bad guy was early on and I never suspected it to be that person at all. I absolutely love Audrey Rose and Thomas and I am totally shopping them. I also buddy read the sequel with my friend and again absolutely loved it and gave it 5 stars. I can’t wait to get my hands on Escaping from Houdini.

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    • Marta says:

      Aw, I love buddy-reads!! ❤
      I think this one might have been a great one to buddy-read since you probably were talking so much about the suspects. I didn't suspect him either, I really thought it was the father (even though it was predictable), but it was a bit more logical, to be honest.
      I'm totally nervous about the sequel because being Romanian, reading books about Dracula can be kind of…meh.

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      • mistysbookspace says:

        Me and my friend buddy read at least one book every month sometimes 2. I love being able to talk about a book with someone while we are reading it. I read the back of the book and it basically told you which people to suspect so of course they all immediately went on my list but I didn’t get that vibe from the suspect. I absolutely loved the second one. I’m not very knowledgeable about the actual Dracula story but I can understand your skepticism if you’re familiar with the story.

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      • Marta says:

        That’s sooo cool! ❤
        The thing is I'm not really feeling the whole hype around Dracula and the vampire story. Vlad The Impaler was a leader of ours, which was rather cruel in his ways of punishing his enemies and thieves. But I feel like the context for those is usually ignored. Romania was attacked by Ottomans all the time (doing some super questionable things too like raping women, stealing and more) and Vlad was one of the romanian leaders who could fight them off our territories. Not in the most okay way, but yeah, no vampire. :-/

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  2. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    My rating : 3 stars
    I ended up being disappointed in it (especially because of all the hype!!). I was obsessed with Jack the Ripper for a while before picking it up (YES BUZFEED UNSOLVED GOT ME INTO MURDERERS!) but I didn’t feel like the story gave me the same creeps as researching the murders on Wikipedia did. I didn’t like either Thomas or Audrey or the romance but that’s just me being an emotionless grape ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). I’m glad for some people it lived up to the hype or that it got 5/5 stars!!

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    • Marta says:

      Same rating for me!! ❤
      BUZZFEED UNSOLVED IS A GOOD REASON TO GET INTO TRUE CRIME. (what you said could have had double meanings, i'm not going thereeee)
      I was quite familiar with the crimes and yes, it didn't give me the creep either. I remember having watched a movie and feeling so scared about it (even though I was super young), but still it was very terrifying. Not the same for Stalking Jack the Ripper.
      I'm feeling conflicted about Audrey and Thomas, about them as characters and them as a couple. Maybe I should read the sequel to make my mind about everything.

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    • Marta says:

      I agree a lot with you! ❤ I thought the mystery was super predictable, then it was quite good that the author kept to the history. But yeah, I would have enjoyed some twists along the way.

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  3. audreywritesabroad says:

    I quite enjoyed this book, but I saw the ending coming a little too easily, so I was a little disappointed by the “plot twist”. But I did love the teasing between Thomas and Audrey Rose! And that our heroine refused to fit in society’s mold of what a lady should be and do. Attagirl!

    Also, it felt to me like the book was really well researched. The science, the autopsies, the year and everything. The amount of details was impressive!

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    • Marta says:

      I was really disappointed with the plot twist as well, I’m still a bit annoyed with some things that don’t make a lot of sense to me. Like Emma – she wasn’t mentioned after they revealed who Jack the Ripper was, since her murder happened earlier on, I wanted to see why. I don’t know, I wish there were more explanations. Also, Audrey Rose didn’t fight with him that time, I didn’t understand the reason for including that spirit :-/
      Yeah, it was really well researched! 🙂

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  4. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    I really enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper! It wasn’t quite a 5 star read like I expected it to (I totally forgot I featured the book in my 5 Star Prediction post until recently), but I had a good time reading it 🙂 I loved Audrey Rose and even grew to like Thomas, though I initially wasn’t sure how to feel about him. I very much liked the romance was well, but that and the characters didn’t get me as invested as other books have managed. That’s mostly why I went with a 4.5 star rating.

    When it comes to the setting and mystery, I did like that part and how Audrey challenged the norms of society, but I was missing other female characters. Audrey spends so much time fighting against society, that I expected her to have solidary with other girls and develop strong relationships. The few scenes we saw with her cousin were not enough for me, so I hope for something more in the next book!

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    • Marta says:

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, Caro! ❤ Even though it wasn't a five start read for you! I gave it three stars and I'm so unsure about how I'm feeling about everything, omg. I probably would pick up the second book to see where I stand with the characters and everything.
      I agree with you, the feminism in this book is so and so, I wish Audrey Rose would acknowledge more that the other women around her that have hobbies that are considered traditional for women are totally valid as well. I feel like she's looking down on them from time to time :-/

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      • Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

        Thank you! ♥ I wasn’t sure at times too, so do you think you’ll give the sequel a chance?
        That’s definitely my main problem with the feminist messages throughout the book: there wasn’t enough girl support and I did find Audrey a bit condescending a few times :/

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  5. Book Bosomed Blonde says:

    I’m sad to see that so many people disliked it!! I personally read it as an audiobook and it totally made the whole eerie atmosphere of the book prevalent. Maybe that had something to do with why I enjoyed it so much, but I ended up giving it a 4 stars.
    Totally didnt guess who Jack was until the very end when he caught her running out of the secret room and then I was like “oh shit, it’s him”.
    I can see why people wouldn’t like Thomas and Audrey as a couple, though individually they’re kinda cool.

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    • Marta says:

      Ahhh, I’ve listened to the sample for the audiobook and I think it would have been better than reading the ebook, to be honest. I just couldn’t do it because I was on holiday and there wasn’t much time to listen to an audiobook. But I’m glad you enjoyed it, I thought the eerie atmosphere was so much better in the audiobook. :-/
      I didn’t figure it out either, probably because he wasn’t present much before, so he was totally out of my radar.
      I’m really not sure about them, there were moments when I was shipping them and moments when I wasn’t so sure. I think they are compatible though, I mean, they do make sense.

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      • Book Bosomed Blonde says:

        Yeah, definitely adds to the story! Sometimes audiobooks are just better!!

        I totally agree, he just wasn’t there often enough for me to even suspect him. I thought he was a bit creepily over protective but I just thought it down to the time period. I like that I was surprised by it though.

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