August 03, 2016

Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper
by Kerri Maniscalco
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 20th 2016
by Jimmy Patterson

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 debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

Stalking Jack the Ripper is a book that will grab you from the very start and not let go until the end when you are gasping for breath. Its a very well written book, with lots of details (Maniscalco is a master at describing every gory detail...definitely not for the faint heart). The story will have you guessing until the very end, you think you have it figured out, but boy are you wrong. Overall I give this book a big BIG fat 5 stars (I would give it 100 if I could) and that is pretty rare for me. So what is it about you ask? Well, without going into too much detail, I will keep it to a minimum without trying to fan-girl everywhere.

Stalking Jack the Ripper is about a 17 year old named Audrey Rose (Who you will fall in love with, just saying). Audrey is the Lords daughter and is taught and expected to be a proper Lady. Ladies do not have interest in blood and guts, after all, they may get their nice dresses dirty, but Audrey begs to differ. Her Uncle (who may be just slightly mad) teaches her (secretly) the in and outs of forensic medicine i.e., cutting people open and investigating their death, in his lab. Soon, shes investigating a string of disturbing murders and realizes a serial killer is on the loose.

Audrey is a very curious teenager, but you forget that shes only 17 at times. Her character has that perfect blend of your typical curious teenager and kick ass young lady heroine. Even though the story has its gruesome bloody details, its also down right hilarious at times, and even has a little bit of romance. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a different YA book, heck, I would recommend this book to just about anyone. I am just sorry you have to wait until September 20th to read it.

5 Stars!


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