Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco

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. Until one day a fresh corpse arrives only to signal the beginning of the reign of the infamous Jack The Ripper.

Stalking Jack the Ripper
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Author: Kerri Maniscalcoe
Pages: 326
Format: Hardcover
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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.


Holy Crap!
Oh My Lord…
If this book isn’t gruesome then I don’t know what is. I don’t normally delve into the world of horror and murders, so I’m not overly familiar with it’s disturbing aspects. However, the descriptions of the murders… well … hmmm… Let’s just say I couldn’t eat after some of them. You could ask why I didn’t put it down, I’d simply reply: for Jack The Ripper, why on earth would I?

Ever since I learned about this great and horrific mystery of all time in middle school, I’ve been fascinated and completely intrigued by his story. Even though I was hesitant to pick this up since most over hyped books are a disappointment, I got it for Jack.

I loved it. Honestly, I hate how I immediately fell in love with Thomas. I’m not even kidding, from his first appearance as a shadow I was intrigued. And Lord knows why.. since all he was described as is tall and hidden in darkness! I have a problem!! A serious “Love-At-First-Appearance-With-No-Apparent-Description-Or-Dialogue” syndrome!! My heart has a problem!! It keeps dragging along my poor brain for no reason.  And don’t get me started on this sassy, clever, Sherlock-y, detectivey, British boy! I couldn’t hide the smile on my face every time he appeared! Damn that hot Thomas! Damn him!!
*deep breathes…

Ok. I’ll review the book now.

Kerri perfectly captured the essence of good old London. Mystery has a way of boring me with the amount of endless description required to create it. However, her “voice” was straight to the point and at times humorous.  She had just the right amount of science, blood shed, love and comedy. I am soo glad that I followed my instincts of getting this book.

A word of caution: Not for the faint hearted or squeamish.

I’m not going to comment on the murder since it tore my insides when his/her identity was revealed.  I’m just going to leave this out there.  Come back and tell me how you feel, let’s mourn together.


Final Rating:



What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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13 thoughts on “Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco”

    1. We are deprived of love. That’s what’s wrong with us! Read it, read it, read it, read it, read it, you have to read it!! The third one is coming out soon too. So ur in luck!


  1. Your reaction is spot on!

    I love how different Kerri’s writing style is to other YAs atm and her characters are brilliant. I really need to pick up the Dracula sequel because I’m mildly obsessed and having been wanting more the longer it’s been since reading this one.

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    1. Yes. I feel like she doesn’t treat us like absolute idiots. Which is a refreshing change :p Usually people who write YA tend to focus on the silly stuff while forgetting everything else! I’m currently waiting on her third installment Chasing Houdini or something. So I’m really excited for that!

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