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 was my first pick for #2018FWTBRPick for the month of November – this is my way of trying to take care of my uncontrollable TBR this year and you can read about it all HERE.
I am physically shaming myself for not reading this book as soon as it came out – but then again, I wouldn’t have been able to patiently wait (and binge – read) the next two books in the series – though tbh, the wait for the conclusion to this series comes out in 2019, and I don’t know how I will be patient enough to wait for it – Capturing The Devil *sighs*
Once I picked up Stalking Jack The Ripper – I couldn’t keep it down or when I was forced to, all I could do was think about exactly what was going to happen next. As a forensic psychologist myself, I just found my soul sister in the words – Kerri Maniscalco does an effortless job of keeping readers interested in all the gruesome aspects of murders, not to mention she hit almost all the sweet spots of mine with this book, mixing forensic science, with psychological profiling intermingled with one of the most famous unsolved serial killers of modern times – written so flawlessly that I am still hungover, days after I have been done with this book (and its sequels!).
Audrey Rose Wordsworth is a female heroine I can so totally get behind – she is intelligent, strong, a rebel in ways when the society does its best to restrict her activities!
Thomas Cresswell, reminds me a lot of the BBC Sherlock, if he had the manners of a gentleman, of course. He might come across as cold, unfeeling and pompous but his encounters Audrey bring out the charm in him – in fact, there had to be times when I was the one blushing hard (literally, red in face!) with the way he flirts with Audrey – and is open about his feelings for her, right from the start.
Did you all get that Thomas Cresswell is my new fictional boyfriend? And i will cut anyone standing in my way 😉
The connection between Audrey and Cresswell is intellectual, instantaneous and their attraction sizzling – just FYI, there is anything more than a kiss in the plot (not even plural! *sigh*) but damn if it didn’t have me shipping them so hard!
The plot itself is atmospheric rather than twisty, which was what I had expected when it comes to the idea of this book, yet it was nonetheless thrilling – from one page to the other, there were little bits of information making every word read.
In fact, the main reason I am giving it 5 Stars because after a long time, I was so lost in a book itself, that I totally forgot to make assumptions or inferences about who Jack The Ripper actually have been!
(If you wanna compare; I completed all the books in the series within 3 – 4 days and that is when I was at my traveling for one of those days, and at my in – laws place for the rest of them!)
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