Stalking Jack the Ripper
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Horror
This #1 New York Times bestseller and 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 back 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.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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"Pretty much at a loss for where to start here. I want to say this was a good book not great but good. Although I'm so angry on the subject that this is a thriller book about one of the most notorious killers in history yet has 0% thrill or chill in it. Honestly if it wasn't close to Halloween and I just picked this up on a whim it would be an enjoyable read. Yet here I am sulking.<br/><br/>To start, Thomas was a fun character very brisk it was refreshing. Reminded me of Sherlock detached but with a deviously charming side. Audrey's character seemed right up my alley. Sticking her nose up at the restrictions society has placed on women. Also loving a practice of science and sneaking around to fulfill her dream. But as the plot went on I noticed that much of her great ideas and finds were spurred on because of Thomas. As if he were of a main character than she. <br/><br/>What was even more disappointing was that halfway through Audrey had studied a body only once, talking more of the cut of her dress than a scalpel on flesh. Although being a bit ignorant of surgical procedures myself it was nice that the author helped to explain things. This is why I was confused that the author seem to laugh and mock other girls while Audrey was supposedly above it all. I have read many books of stong independent women and I don't believe I could place Audrey in that list. What seems on the surface to be a strong girl not taking the hand that was dealt to her is actually just someone play acting at being the women she wants to be.<br/><br/>Along with 0% thrill there was no atmosphere about the book. The twist at the end didn't feel real. So many clues where given out that the end felt just like....."Oh, I don't get it but ok."<br/>To me there wasn't enough conviction for the killer to do what he did. The evidence made no logical sense. The women were mutilated. The book suggest that the killer was just lazy and like "Well I'm done so....." To mutilate a body you have to have conviction and a strong reasoning even in your insanity. Serial killers are planners and evidence suggests that this one has medical background so the killer is smart and not careless.<br/><br/>Take this review lightly if you will. I'm in the fall mood and had high expectations for this story. I will not apologize.<br/><br/>(◡︿◡✿)"
"3.5 stars<br/><br/>This was a nice book!<br/><br/>It follows the plot of the actual event of Jack the Ripper back in the 1880’s. The only difference is that in the book the killer is caught.<br/><br/>I found some of the descriptions a bit gory at times, and the killer wasn’t a huge surprise to me although I really enjoyed the romantic relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell!!<br/><br/>I think this is a nice historical fiction mystery, with a nice amount of romance added to it, and a fun read for many! <br/><br/>I’ll be reading the rest of the books in the series and am excited to check out Kingdom Of The Wicked by the same author!"