Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri ManiscalcoStalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack The Ripper

byKerri ManiscalcoForeword byJames Patterson

Hardcover | September 20, 2016

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A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

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.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life's finer points with her cats. Stalking Jac...
Title:Stalking Jack The RipperFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:9.38 × 6.38 × 1.25 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031627349X

ISBN - 13:9780316273497

Appropriate for ages: 15


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Characters This book by Kerri Maniscalco is very well written. Both of the main characters verbally spar and yet work well together. I enjoyed this book as well as SJR #2, #3, and #4 is on pre-order! Love the series!
Date published: 2019-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Intruiging I loved the concepts, and the time era. it did fall flat at some parts but a really nice read. It reminded me of 'Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children' with the creepy photos. DON"T READ THIS BEFORE BED, some images are quite gruesome.
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite New Series I fell madly inlove with this book and its characters! I have re-read this book countless times even listening the audio book. This is a must Read!
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I enjoyed this book. It had so many surprising twists. I had a hard time putting this down. I value that the author had a strong female character like Audrey Rose. I also liked the chemistry between her and Thomas. Overall, another good read to add to my library.
Date published: 2018-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This book is a surprising story full of unexpected twists. I couldn’t put it down
Date published: 2018-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book Loved the suspense in this book. The first page hooks you, and you are hooked till the very end.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a unique read This book had me at the edge of my seat from the first chapter. I love the concept and I love Thomas.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper! Loved the suspense and Audrey Rose and Thomas are a very lovable ship.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUCH AN AMAZING READ Loved every chapter, Audrey Rose and Thomas were such lovable characters, it was fast paced with a lot of suspense.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Interesting I read this book in one sitting it was so mesmerising. Audrey Rose and Thomas are such interesting characters and I loved that the book put a twist on a real unsolved mystery. I'm so eager to read the next books!!
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put This Down This was so fun to read, so suspenseful and so easy to finish. I can't wait to read the sequel!
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I enjoyed this book, I can't wait to read Escaping from Houdini
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read in one sitting This story was just so amazing and I loved every minute of it! The characters, setting, relationships, mysteries, all of it was amazingly done. Can't wait to get my hands on the next n the series
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Start Enough horror elements without being scary, excellent characters, and a fascinating plot.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great start to the series 3.5 I am a sucker for anything Jack the Ripper, so this was a must read for me. Maniscalco certain utilized some artistic licence when telling the story, but it was great! I ended up calling the ending pretty early on, but was still an entertaining twist none the less. Audrey Rose was a great MC, she was funny, fierce, and unapologetic. Really enjoyed Thomas's character as well, excited to see where the next instalment takes them.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I loved this book and read it all in one day - I absolutely couldn't put it down! I found it incredibly interesting
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! Bought this to pass the time while on bed rest and I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait to read the next 2 books by the author that follow this one !
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh, not worth the hype I wanted to love this book; the description sounds amazing. Unfortunately the main character is arrogant, while also being not very bright. I was just bored. I #DNF at about 150 pages (Half way through). #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit too gory for my taste I’ve given into the hype and have finally read Stalking Jack the Ripper. It was… not bad. Ultimately not my cup of tea, but entertaining at least! Maniscalco has written a creative and engaging story, complete with excellent descriptions of the setting and characters. I whipped through the book pretty quickly - pacing was definitely not an issue. But a few things didn’t sit well with me. Audrey was annoying. She was cocky and yet, not at all bright - the simplest of things went over her head. The romance felt forced, with no sparks at all. And it was really dark and gory. REALLY gory, to the point of being excessive. I’ve read a lot of horror but this was a level above the average. But at least the twist at the end was a surprise.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ! This book was way more awesome and brilliant then I thought it would be and I absolutely loved it!!! A definite must read
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Couldn't Get Enough Of This Book! Audrey Rose, the main character, is so clever, independent and the epitome of a strong female character! As for Thomas Cresswell, he's an hilarious gentleman and quite intelligent, too. The mystery was good and gruesome, so it was refreshing for a YA book (although I had figured it out from the start, but then again, I always do.) Lastly, the attitude and behaviours of men towards women in this book is simply pin-point. It's true to the 1800's (though infuriating, haha).
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good! This was a really great book! Excited to read the second one!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start but soon racing murder mystery to be solved! I have to admit that I started this book with some apprehension and by the end of the second chapter, I expected a mediocre showing but thought I'd carry on a bit more to see how it played out. Before long I found myself binging on the book and not putting it down until it was finished. I am not much of a murder mystery lover but I do like a good episode of Forensic Files. I also have been obsessed with Victorian England for most of my life. Plus the intriguing case of Jack the Ripper is a sure way to pull me into a storyline. So why the trepidation for the first few chapters? To be honest, I found the start a bit slow and cliched. That changed for me fairly soon into the story and this would have been a 5-star rating if Kerri Maniscalco had edited the front of the book a wee bit more to eliminate the romance story elements that had me cringing just slightly. Soon enough that is overridden entirely by the plot. Who is Jack the Ripper? Could he be related to Audrey Rose? Could it be her father even? I soon embarked on the adventure of guessing "who dunnit" and was immensely please with the ending (which confirmed my suspicions). In addition, Audrey Rose is a lovely, fiesty, intelligent heroine and the side characters really fill out the story. I'll be looking for more from Kerri Maniscalco in the future!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down Fast paced and full of plot twists, this was a book that was hard to put down. It included mystery, science, amazing female lead, all set in Victorian England. What more could anyone ask for?
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED! Oh how I wish I could have just read this book all in one night, I totally would have if it wasn't for my midterms. This book was absolutely beautiful. I've already placed it into the favourites shelf and I'm dying to read the next one when it comes out. Audrey Rose doesn't fancy gossiping, silk dresses or having tea with the girls. She would much rather be with her uncle in the surgical lab, studying the human body and determining the cause of death. As Audrey Rose begins her apprenticeship under her uncle with the brilliant and dashing Thomas Cresswell, a series of murders break out in Whitechapel, with a mysterious murderer who calls himself Jack the Ripper. As the murdered bodies of women come in for Audrey's uncle to study, Audrey Rose realizes that she's known these woman in one way or another, one was her uncles ex fiancé, while others were part of her servant staff from years past. Could Audrey Rose be close to the murderer? Will she find out before he kills yet again? This book has the perfect mix of health science, mystery, history and a dash of romance. I seriously love it with all my heart. Not only do I love the era that this book is set in, but I also love the history behind Jack the Ripper, and as a science student, this book was the perfect mix of everything, needless to say it will definitely remain on my favourites list. Alongside the story, theres a big theme of feminism in this book, while I wasnt too excited about this at first, the author did an amazing job of including it subtly and at the perfect moments, it made me realize that no matter how much I love the period this story is set in, I would definitely not enjoy being forced to pretend to be a normal girl, and forget about my love for science. I could relate to Audrey Rose's character very well. I know what its like to fall in love with science, and have it consume you till its all you think about. Even if you're not a scientist you can definitely relate to her, especially if you've ever been extremely passionate about something and have people tell you that it's not something you can do. Audrey Rose is brilliant, inspirational and logical. She was perfect, as was her romance with Thomas Cresswell. They both share the same intellect and love for science, their curiosity behind the Jack the Ripper murders brings them close together and shows what a good pair they are. While I had guessed who the mysterious Jack the Ripper was near the middle of the book, there were parts where I was thrown off by the author and suspected even more people. I was a little disappointed that Jack turned out to be who I guessed it was, but it was still a very good mystery. Overall, I highly recommend this book to everyone who's in need of a good mystery, has a love for science, loves the history in this book, or is looking for a good feminist read. I'm forcing all of my friends to read this book, as I impatiently wait for the next one.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in love with this book The beginning definitely reels you in! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Everything about this book was great. The audio book was also fantastic.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good so entertaining and a spectacular fantasy for those who know the genre well
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining, but predictable. Much of the story - the murderer, the romance, the plot lines - I saw coming from the start. I actually thought I would DNF this early on because the narration was annoying me and trying to be very ~British~, but once I got used to it I sped through the story quickly. I also got tired of being told how unusual Audrey Rose's interest in forensics was. It's a huge part of the synopsis of the story, so I didn't have to be told every chapter that it was all "unladylike" or "inappropriate". I love the feminism but don't keep pummeling me with it. Needless to say, I'll be checking out the sequel.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from quick and fun Though it didn't live up to the hype.. I still enjoyed the story. It was quick, fun and Thomas Cresswell is pretty delicious. I'll be reading the sequel, but will be waiting for it to be out in paperback.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rib-tickling and electrifying Wow it was super fun. With a badass heroine and a sharply critical accomplice, this is the book to buy!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could've been better The plot sounded very enticing, but the book progressed fairly slowly which caused my original interest to fizzle out by the time I finished. There were a lot of times when I could tell what Audrey was feeling at a certain moment, but then it was still told directly to the reader. The writing suggests that readers have poor intuition, but I think the author needs to learn to trust her readers and give us enough hints about a character to understand them rather than tell us everything about them like we're morons. I was also really disappointed by the poorly executed 'plot twists'. Nothing seemed overly surprising and the end was way too predictable. Overall it was an okay read, but with some editing it could be made much better!
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this! Thrilling and hilarious! I loved this book and the characters in it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO MUCH YES! I’m so glad I gave this book a re-read! I ship Thomas and Audrey Rose SO HARD! They challenge each other (his actions challenge her expectations of what men are supposed to be in society and vice versa). They’re both such capable and smart humans on their own but they so clearly need each other for balance! ❤ ❤ I absolutely love when a strong female and science get combined in any genre but it also being a historical fiction made it even more perfect for me! I loved the setting and the mysteries. I was quite surprised by the final reveal at the end because I was SO SURE of who it was! I was surprised by the overall actions by Audrey’s father as he is all over the place but not in a way that made me think the author kept rewriting his character. It breaks my heart seeing how Audrey’s mom’s death has affected him and his family for so many years. The idea of also being a germaphobe in this time period makes me ache because OMG! Sanitary conditions and living conditions and… *shivers* I’m picking up Hunting Prince Dracula immediately and I cannot wait to see how Romania is displayed and described. That is not a geographic area that is commonly used so I am expecting a bit of fresh air
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It This book was amazing. Dark twists and turns through out the whole story. Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fun Mystery I get what all the hype is about! This is a great book and one of the funnest and most engaging mysteries I've read in a while. Audrey Rose is a fantastic main character and a woman I hope is a role model for readers and authors alike. She's wonderful: curious, headstrong, noble, and vulnerable. Also wonderful was Thomas. I get why everyone loves that guy. He's irresistible! The story was steady and packed with tense moments and sweeping romance. There were a lot of twists and surprises. It was creepy, emotional, and simply tons of fun to read. I would definitely recommend it to all readers who enjoy murder mysteries, strong female leads, quippy dialogue, and references to classic horror tales and monsters. I can't wait for the next story!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could not capture the vibe of a YA Historical Thriller Originally, I gave this story a three-star rating, but after much consideration and mulling over my feelings during and after reading it, I have come to the conclusion that I should change it to a one-star rating. As a historical fiction piece, I felt disappointed by the execution of this potentially great new series that could have put a new spin on the young adult, historical fiction crime/mystery genre, sadly it fell flat due to the following reasons: The characters were inconsistent in their personalities and overall nature. As a reader, I felt torn between cheering on the female protagonist, who appears to be determined to stand up against turn -of-the-century London and all of its constricting social rules for women, and then turns out to be nothing more than a very naïve and easily distracted girl. Her “main Squeeze” felt completely out of touch with the time period this story was set in and even the entire context of the story. Other secondary characters felt stiff and barely present, only to serve the purpose of moving the plot along, without enriching the narrative in the slightest. The writing felt out of sync with the time period. Multiple times I had to stop reading and remind myself that this story was supposed to be set in 1888 London and not in New York during that time period or even in the 21th century. It wavered between common teenage language and the attempt to create the gruesome reality of the unrefined London during the reign of Jack the Ripper. The plot as outlined in the book blurb was the reason I was excited to pick up this story in the first place, Sadly, potential never became reality in the writing of this story and it fell short of the promise it made to provide the reader with a gripping tale of a young woman defying societal restraints to uncover the gruesome murders that plagued west London. Overall, I am a bit behind the publication schedule, since the second installment of this series is about to be released, but I have to say even the glimpses and potential that this story offered weren’t enough to keep me interested in reading the sequel. I wouldn’t recommend it, there are better written stories set during the late 1800’s in London.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slightly Off-putting I picked this book up because the cover looked beautiful and the idea of the main character "loving" Jack the Ripper seemed appealing. I was very turned off by the simple fact that most of the people being accused of Jack's crimes are her family members. Also, I like how the book starts semi-gruesome where she talks about cutting bodies open with her scalpel, but it just gets very annoying and gross (especially with the images shown throughout the book). If you like gross details about murders and bodies being cut up, this is the book for you! Unfortunately, the book just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I can't say I really liked any of the characters, and I found it didn't really hold my interest. It had it's good moments, but when I was finished i was just underwhelmed.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful YA Thriller With Investigative Heroine First of all, let me express my gratitude toward Kerri Maniscalco for taking the time to write such a chilling debut novel. As someone who read the Nancy Drew novels growing up (and who may or may not have a few originals squirreled away in my stash), and speaking as a reader who devours YA novels daily, I've seen my fair share of teenage heroines with a natural talent for sleuthing and "discovering" vital clues that magically seem to fall into their path. On the other hand, I've seen so-called "sleuths" who couldn't recognize a hint if it came up and bit them on the nose. Maniscalco's likeable lady, I'm thankful to say, carefully toes that fine line between these two extremes. Before I go on, I should probably point out that it took me the entire book to realize who the Ripper actually was. Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a high-class lady of quality with a penchant for cadavers, is a fearless heroine who throws herself whole-heartedly into the search for the elusive and violent "Jack". Some would argue that the Ripper's identity should have been obvious, that Wadsworth was blind to what was right in front of her, but personally, I liked the thrill of the chase. I enjoyed (if it's not too bold to say) those chilling scenes on the streets of London's ugliest side, where the shadows come out to play and the Ripper's victims are specifically hand-chosen by their murderer. I had my guesses as to whom the guilty party was (and I'm a trifle embarrassed to admit I was wrong on all accounts), but I truly appreciate how Maniscalco drew out the search, rather than throw obvious clues at Audrey Rose and give up the suspense too quickly. I've seen disappointed readers complain about the pace of this novel; many found it moved too slowly for their taste. But, as I said above, I found that Maniscalco moved her story along at exactly the right speed. Fast action, gruesome murders, sizzling romance - and through it all I never once became bored or disinterested in the story. It was a chore and a pain to put this book down! I hemmed and hawed about picking up this book, as forensics and the intricacies of the human body aren't my strong point, but I quickly discovered that I could appreciate Maniscalco's method of working the murders into her novel. I would be reading, my stomach would slowly begin to turn, and Maniscalco - bless her - would quickly turn Audrey Rose's attention to squabbling with Cresswell or her old bitty of an aunt's obsession with fine lace and marriage. It's important to remember that while Audrey Rose is a young woman with a most impressive mind, she is also a young lady in a time where women shut their mouths, embroider their handkerchiefs, and let their husbands do the thinking for them. Maniscalco did a most splendid job incorporating these aspects of 19th century life while at the same time extending Audrey Rose's freedom to a longer reach than was customary. Any nausea or discomfort I experienced while reading this book was most definitely worth it. I can't wait to see what Maniscalco writes next!
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intelligent, Humourous and Fun! I've been stuck for days on what to say about Stalking Jack the Ripper and basically it's GO READ IT! This book is so fantastic I'm at a loss for words. It's atmospheric. It's gripping. Most of all it's fun despite the darker premise of the story. From the first page Stalking Jack the Ripper pulled me into its historical setting. So eerie and haunting it set the perfect tone. Ms. Maniscalco's writing is so addictive, throwing out clues and pushing us along to the very end. It's indeed a very electrifying ride. I want to read on for forever! Audrey Rose Wadsworth is not like any of the ladies in society. She hides her heartache over losing her mother behind her curiosity for the human anatomy. Yet there's no denying her interest in the matter is genuine for against her father's wish, she secretly apprentices under her uncle. As she gets pulled into the gruesome murder cases, she becomes more and more determined to seek justice for the victims. Her defiant nature made it easy to root for her. Thomas Cresswell is Audrey Rose's uncle's student and he's awesome ;) He's arrogant and obnoxious but so lovable. Read the book and you'll see what I mean. A certain confession of his made my heart skip beats. So swoony especially coming from someone as shielded as Thomas. Wadsworth and Cresswell have a to-die-for dynamic. Both intelligent and stubborn, I loved watching them attempt to be civil with each other. The fact that they can't help but trade challenging words and veiled insults was simply delightful. It's honestly so much fun and such a treat to see these two interact. I require more! I'm a little in denial over the identity of Jack the Ripper. I had my suspicions and was torn for it to be correct. The confrontation that played out left me the tiniest bit disappointed. I was hoping for a bigger shock but overall it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. As disturbing as the motive was every detail was neatly tied in and made perfect sense. Highly intelligent, humourous with a side of bloody (or should I say bloodless), Stalking Jack the Ripper was a consuming read. If you're thirsting for some historical fiction, this is the one to pick up.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The writing shows potential but... I feel bad writing negative reviews for debut authors but... I did not enjoy this book. Jack the Ripper, a female protagonist flaunting societal norms, forensics, Victorian London... these are all things I love, and yet it nearly became the third book (ever) on my "did not finish" list. The writing shows potential and there were some absolutely beautifully written passages in this book, but it also left a lot to be desired. There were WAY too many similes. I mean... I didn't know it was possible to fit so many similes in one book. I love a good simile, but this was excessive. There were also a lot of instances where comparisons didn't make sense and terms were used literally when they should have been used figuratively. The writing definitely pulled me out of the story. Everything was explained. When Audrey Rose did anything that contradicted gender norms, the author took the time to reiterate exactly what her words or actions meant, almost like the lines in textbooks that really drive the learning home before you move on to the next subject. Something would happen, and then there would be a sentence telling you what happened/why it happened (even though the scene clearly gave you those answers). Throughout the book, I felt like the author assumed the reader was not smart enough to pick up on what was clearly implied. It made the book feel tedious and preachy. I think that, had it been done differently, I may have enjoyed the plot; the story held a lot of potential and the end was interesting. Given the choices made, though... I thought the plot was predictable and corny. I rolled my eyes so hard at the "big reveal" moment, I gave myself a headache. Truthfully, I enjoyed the little facts vs. fiction blurb at the end more than the novel itself. There are worse books you could read, but I definitely wouldn't recommend this one.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I am really glad I picked up this book. This was my first historical fiction novel I've read and it won't be the last. I recommend this book to those who love mystery and suspense. There are, however, a few scenes that involve blood and body parts that some readers might find unsettling, so read it if you like this genre, I promise you won't regret it!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I heard amazing things about this book so I was very excited to pick it up. I'm glad I did! The writing was so beautiful and atmospheric; phenomenal for a debut novel. I can't wait to see where the series and characters go in upcoming installments! I just couldn't give this a full 5 stars because the beginning of the book took me a while to get into and I wasn't completely captivated. But overall, a great read!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing YA Historical Mystery Kerri Maniscalco's Stalking Jack the Ripper is one of those books where I got really excited about its release, yet once it was actually in my hands, I hesitated to start it. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for months since then, but I finally picked it up the other night, in the mood for something historical to read. And maybe a part of me understood why I didn't need to read it right away because Stalking Jack the Ripper ended up disappointing me... Audrey Rose Wadsworth has a very unusual interest for a girl who's the daughter of a wealthy lord: she loves to study forensic science. Against her father's wishes, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to help him cut open cadavers and find the cause of death. But when an investigation into a grisly string of murders hits close to home, Audrey finds herself searching for clues and answers too. I thought Stalking Jack the Ripper just tried too hard to impress me. It tried to offer a strong, independent heroine who defied social conventions. It tried to have dash of romance with someone who could appreciate her deviation from traditional gender roles. It tried to lead me astray from guessing the true culprit of the terrible murders. But none of it really worked. I enjoyed the book's vivid and very gruesome descriptions of the crime scenes. Slit throats, missing organs, intestines exposed—it was macabre and very shocking. Audrey was really interested in studying the details and breaking down how the murders may have occurred. And by using techniques from the late Victorian period, which is when the novel is set, it just made the story all the more believable. But the farther I progressed in reading Stalking Jack the Ripper, the more I became frustrated with Audrey. How could someone so smart be so utterly stupid? Jack the Ripper has made London his hunting ground and Audrey has the bright idea to walk the streets at night all alone! That's not being brave and independent—it's just reckless and lacking common sense. And if Audrey is a highborn lady, isn't some sort of maid or footman always supposed to accompany her? And I thought it was kind of annoying that Audrey felt it necessary to repeat that she liked pretty dresses just like other girls and not just cutting open cadavers to study them, an interest that would've only been acceptable for men back then. Was it an attempt to make her more likeable? More feminist? Because that effort was kind of ruined when Audrey has tea with her cousin's friends a couple chapters later and then thinks they're empty airheads just because they like to gossip. Audrey could be so condescending at times. The romance in Stalking Jack the Ripper didn't exactly make me swoon either. It was really nice that Thomas just happened to be Audrey's uncle's brilliant student, someone who shared her passion for forensic science. He was really flirty and forward, not really caring for propriety. He kind of reminded me of Sherlock Holmes, able to deduce information from details no else would've normally noticed. But I dunno, I just didn't really feel any strong chemistry between them, even when they inevitably kissed. I had really hoped I'd fall in love with Kerri Maniscalco's YA debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, but it just didn't quite meet my expectations. I guess once my mind is made up that I'm not a fan of the main characters, I just find it harder to enjoy a novel since I start seeing flaws. Audrey and Thomas acted a little too modern for my taste. And even though my suspicion about who was Jack the Ripper turned out to be right, there were still some twists that took me aback! Considering just how much I enjoyed the mystery/horror aspects, I might still consider reading the sequel, Hunting Prince Dracula, this fall. ** I received an ARC from Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh.... I had really high hopes for this book after hearing rave reviews for it. It wasn't a bad book by any means, but it could have had something more.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great One! A fun tale of Jack the Ripper's true identity. Aubury-Rose is a women of her own mind, in a time when women should bot fill their pretty little heads with unladylike things... Such as murder and sewing bodies back together. Overall, a very entertaining read with lots of intrigue.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved everything about this book! **I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** What I Loved There’s a lot of hype surrounding this book and I’m really glad that for once I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed reading this book! There’s some books that suck you in and you have to read quickly but this was the kind of book I could take my time to enjoy which I loved. There’s so much detail that you could miss if you read it too quickly! I think the part I loved the most was the atmosphere of this book. It’s supposed to be a horror book but I don’t know if I’d go that far. It’s more of a gothic book, with dead bodies and murder but nothing horribly scary. Our main character is learning how to do autopsies so there’s some details surrounding that but I mostly just found it really cool. I have no idea how accurate it was but it was all believable to me! I was also interested in that time period as well (one of my favs!) and I thought it was really cool how the historical event in this book was the serial killer Jack the Ripper. In historical books we’re often shown either the war or the political side of things with the queen. It was just a really unique take of historical fiction. My next favourite part was our main character Audrey Rose. She was everything I’ve ever wanted in a female heroine. I loved how she was always pushing the boundaries of society. She didn’t like that people could tell her that she couldn’t be a scientist when that’s what she really loved. She even made a point to wear pants because she hated being forced into dresses sometimes. I just really loved her energy and spirit to do what she wanted no matter the consequences. What I didn't Love I don’t think there’s a whole lot I didn’t like about this book. I would have loved to see more of that romance but that’s only because it was so good I needed more. I think the only reason that this didn’t get 5 stars from me was that it was a teeny bit predictable at some points and it just didn’t give me the overwhelming feeling a five star book gives me. That’s all personal opinion though because it was a really well written book. Who I'd Recommend To I think that people who enjoy a little bit of a darker read would really love this book. Also if you’re interested in history then it’s a good book for you to pick up. The whole book really is as interesting as the summary makes it out to be!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada Audrey is such a sassy independent woman. Half Indian and English. Sometimes her snobbery gets the best of her. Also she doesn't stop mentioning how independent she can be, gets a tad annoying. And she ends up sounding condescending. I also find her very reckless. I kind of felt like I was following her trials to be this modern day independent woman than the whole mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper instead. And then there's Thomas Cresswell who is an infuriating insufferable know-it-all. I couldn't stand him. There was not a whole lot for me to like with any of the characters and that made my reading experience a bit uncomfortable. There was hardly any plot either. The day-to-day rebellings of Audrey and her stolen glances at Thomas made up most of the book. The murders were shockingly detailed and I did feel faint at one point. I also have to say kudos for adding in photos that scared me only because I was reading at night and I was not expecting to see a man with leprosy or you know a dead body. I'm not sure which parts were real about Jack the Ripper, but I'm sure the Kerri Maniscalco used her research wisely. *shrugs* I thought I was going to go down the rabbit hole and turn up in one of the greatest retellings, but I was sadly mistaken. It wasn't the greatest mystery as to who the villain was, and the writing was decent. But I just felt so torn between Audrey's need for independence, her romance with the most annoying man ever and her need to solve the Jack the Ripper case. Also I didn't know this was from James Patterson's YA imprint, guess he wants in on the YA popularity that's exploding. I have to mention that this cover is white-washed. She's described as being bi-racial, but it doesn't show on the cover. At least make your characters on the cover as the same in the story. There's no reason to white wash at all.
Date published: 2016-09-30

Editorial Reviews

"Dark and suspenseful...this book kept me guessing until its final, terrifying scenes."-Anna Carey, author of the EVE trilogy