I liked Audrey Rose a lot. She is a very well-written character, and I love her fascination with forensic medicine. Unlike some other books, I didn’t mind the ‘I’m not like other girls’ aspect I saw here. Because there is a lot of reason behind it that made complete sense to me. Her isolation from her peers and her history that leads to her interest in forensic medicine, for example. She has a lot of agency and courage in a time where aristocratic women struggle for it, and I really liked reading about her.
I also absolutely loved the main characters, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Creswell. Audrey’s strong-willed and determined to study forensic medicine no matter what the cost. She wears whatever she wants and does what she wants to do. Screw the rules of society, and she stands up to her father’s disapproval and anyone else in her way.
Thomas is also studying forensic medicine. He and Audrey end up as partners in detection as well as falling for each other. Thomas is smart, sarcastic and so very blunt -it’s amusing! He comes across sometimes as cold and harsh, but I loved his personality. The dialogue between the two was absolutely priceless.
One of my favourite things was the atmosphere. Kerri Maniscalco does not skimp on the gory details, and I would not expect anything less of a story about Jack the Ripper. As a forensic scientist, Audrey Rose would have known many, many details, and all of the science is explained reasonably well.
This book was the authors first, which made me a bit nervous because an author’s first book sometimes is not their best, but this was pretty amazing for a debut novel. I liked it so much that I immediately both the rest of the series!