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Stalking Jack The Ripper

byKerri Maniscalco

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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, #1New York Timesbestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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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 Jack...
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Title:Stalking Jack The RipperFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031627349X

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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

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