Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

2016-standout-award-badge-smallJack the Ripper, Victorian England, Sherlock Holmes—as much as has been written about them, they never seem to get old. Debut author Kerri Maniscalco has written a fresh new take on the subject that will thrill young adult and grown-up reader alike.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Stalking Jack the RipperTitleStalking Jack the Ripper
AuthorKerri Maniscalco
Series: stand alone (for now)
Publish Date: Sept. 20, 2016, JIMMY patterson
Genre: YA Historical Horror
Source: BEA 2016

Publisher’s DescriptionPresented 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I love Audrey Rose! She is a character before her time and I love the way she stands up for what she wants to do and still holds to the etiquette for a young lady in the Victorian Era. I also love that there is an ode to Sherlock Holmes as well with the character Thomas Cresswell. He is a brilliant mind outrageous flirt. I like that the story is dark and creepy without being overly so. The writing had me gripped from page one!

badge5v4Dislikes: Even though I didn’t know who exactly in her family was Jack, I guessed pretty early that one of the male members of Audrey’s family is the killer. After that information is revealed the story loses some of its luster and much of its suspense. As much as I like the Victorian time period and the mystery of Jack the Ripper and as much as I love to read young adult series, everything I have seen points at this becoming a series. However, I feel like this is a standalone book as everything wraps up nicely.

The beautiful writing and great characters make for an amazing read. I give this book five scalpels.

If you like this book…

…you might try A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby, Iron Cast by Destiny Soria, or The Electric Empire series by Viola Carr.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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