Blog Tour Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Monday, August 1, 2016

Today we are kicking off the Stalking Jack the Ripper blog tour hosted by the Knights of Whitechapel! This is definitely a book that you're going to want to buy ASAP when it comes out on September 20th and I am here to tell you exactly why!

Untitled Trilogy #1
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: ARC Trade
Pages: 336

Buy Links:

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Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

If you're looking for a great dark, kinda creepy read for October this year, you need to pick this book up on September 20th when it comes out!

Stalking Jack the Ripper is a story about a girl from an aristocratic family living in 1888 London. Whlie most girls her age are doing things appropriate for young ladies at that time like attending fancy tea parties and gossiping, Audrey Rose Wadsworth is cutting open dead bodies and trying to solve a series of brutal murders.

When the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper is hunting down prostitutes in London's East End, Aurdrey Rose is apprenticing under her Uncle Jonathan, a scientist/doctor/coroner combination. She gets a front row ticket to study the gruesome corpses of the Ripper's victims. Along with her Uncle's other apprentice, Thomas Cresswell, Audrey Rose is determined to figure out who the Ripper is before he hurts anymore women.

Audrey Rose might be one of my favorite female protagonists that I've read about this year. She is so kickass and she's a feminist! She receives a lot of crap for her interest in working with the dead because it is an inappropriate interest for a young lady, but she doesn't ever seem to miss an opportunity to let these people know that she is every bit as capable as a man to do anything she desires. She's also incredibly smart and brave to be working on these cases when they're a crazed killer on the loose hunting women. She's just so strong and inspiring. <3

Thomas Cresswell is another wonderful character. He is so interesting because he's so hot/cold sometimes. He has the uncanny ability to just turn off his feelings and emotions at will, which is super handy in the type of work that he is in and wishes to remain in. He's also so shamelessly flirty and full of himself, I kind of love it.

The relationship that Audrey Rose and Thomas have is awesome. It's one of those relationships that seem to develop through teasing. Like they always seem to be flirting with each other from day one and one day it just starts being real. The banter they had was fantastic!

I loved how dark this book was. How you get the detailed descriptions of what the bodies looked like after the murders and the descriptions of what it's like to feel around inside a dead body. I liked all that! It reminded me of my Advanced Biology class in high school when we got to go to a college cadaver lab. But this book was far more exciting. 

The mystery was thrilling and while I did have the culprit pinned before Audrey Rose did, I did NOT see coming what the killer's motivation would be for killing all those women!

Okay, so, I can't really think of anything about this book that I didn't like. I thought it was interesting from start to finish and I'm excited to see what kinds of adventures Audrey Rose and Thomas will go on in the future. I have one thing that came to mind that I wondered about while I was reading it that kind of bugged me, but try as I might, I can't get it into words that I'm happy with sharing so I'll just keep it to myself and see if anyone else wonders about the same thing.

Overall, I was super impressed with this book! I loved the darkness of it, I loved the characters, I love how nicely things wrapped up while also leaving it open for future adventures. I would highly suggest you get this one on September 20th when it comes out! It will be a perfect spooky October read!

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. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

It will be available everywhere September 20, 2016.

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