Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her.
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.
30th of August 1888, London
This is where the story of Audrey Rose began. A young woman who wants to study dead bodies to become a doctor in a century where only men could become something of great importance. She is studying with her uncle and by studying I mean inspecting wounds of corpses, crime scenes of gruesome murders. But Audrey isn’t the only bright student her uncle has, Thomas – a tall and witty teenager is fighting Audrey for the title of the best criminalist her uncle could teach.
This book has Sherlock Holmes vibes, which is quite common for hystorical thrillers but it’s different. Audrey is portraying a teenager much like the ones you meet today but in a late 1800 kind of manner. She is more interested in learning about the nature of death and ultimately solving crimes than on finding a husband to have the perfect marriage with. I think the book has a new perspective on the subject, a wittier one, it could be quite romantic but clearly not romantic in the sense that Jane Austen would write.
Audrey’s mom dies because of organ failure and the tragic experience let’s her father alone with two children, Audrey and Nathaniel, her bigger brother, it also leaves him with an opium addiction. In the book her uncle will be arrested for being a suspect in the Jack the Ripper case and Audrey and Thomas will try to find a way to prove his innocence. But whilst her uncle is in jail, the real Ripper sends gruesome letters to the police including the original “From Hell” letter writen for the main detective in the case.
This book was crazy, intelligent, witty, surprising, mysterious and complex. It will force you to think, it will scare the Hell out of you even though I didn’t expect such a thing to happen especially because it is a young adult book but man was it good.
I loved it, it kept me entertained in a way no other read has had me lately, it got me hooked. I cannot wait to read the second book of the serie, Hunting Prince Dracula especially because Dracula is such a valuable piece of history of the country I was born in. Also, I hate book series, but man, I effing love this one. Excited.