Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: jimmy patterson
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Page Count: 337
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
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.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is the first book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series but regardless of the series title this first book is the only one surrounding the real life killer, Jack the Ripper. The book is a young adult historical horror story based loosely on the events that took place during the time of the notorious serial killer. And if needed I’ll even include a very graphic warning on this one but we’re talking gruesome murders so it should be expected.
So in this version of Jack’s story we meet Audrey Rose, a seventeen year old daughter of a Lord but exactly the opposite of what one would define as a lady. Instead of concerning herself with clothes and high society Audrey Rose instead sneaks off to her uncle’s to help perform autopsies.
Working with her uncle and another boy training under him Audrey Rose is there when the corpses of Ripper’s victims begin arriving putting her right in the middle of the case. When her uncle is mistakenly accused however Audrey Rose and Thomas team up to shed some light on the killer before it’s too late.
I’ve had my eye on this title for a while now as I do occasionally like to dive into true crime stories and I also love when fiction weaves in real events so my curiosity got to me on what the author would do with Jack the Ripper. If you don’t could my mulitple eeww’s along the way I actually enjoyed reading this one. The author seemed to do her research to keep it timely but change enough to keep it entertaining and not following the real crimes. If it weren’t for an argument with myself over the end I’d probably have gone higher but I’m finishing this one off with a score of 3.5 stars.
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About the author:
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC 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.
Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.