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Publisher's Summary

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 will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Kerri Maniscalco (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers breeches to ball gowns, autopsies to afternoon tea, and scalpels to knitting needles. Though her father, Lord Edmund, has forbidden it, Audrey covertly studies forensic medicine...while 'the Ripper' remains two steps ahead, lurking where Audrey least expects...." ( Booklist)
"This is a book that will keep you up at night and haunt you during the day." (Beth Revis, author of the New York Times best-selling series Across the Universe)
"Kerri Maniscalco paints a picture of nineteenth-century London that lives and breathes in wonderfully sinister fashion. You won't want to put this book down." (Renee Ahdieh, author of the New York Times best seller The Wrath and the Dawn)

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Refreshing YA

Awesome story, narrator was easy to listen to, can’t wait to listen to her sequel.

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Amazing!!

This was an amazing read and I fully enjoyed every part of it! I look forward to reading all future books in this series. This was very well done and I can't wait to see adventures come next.

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A diffrerent take on a historical murder mystery

Plot
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a daughter of an overprotective Lord Edmund with a life of wealth and privilege, stretched out before her, leads a forbidden secret life between the social teas and silk dress fittings. Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory against her rigid father’s wishes and society’s expectations to study the grim and gruesome practices of forensic medicine, something that was unusual for a 19th-century woman. When a murderer causes panic in the city, she's going to put her scientific knowledge and curious wit to test in order to find out who the killer called Jack The Ripper is, and save her family in the process.

Writing
I’ve never really been interested in historical fictions or murder mystery but I decided to give this book a try. I admit that I started actually caring about this book only when I was 120 or so pages in, but I'm glad I went through it all because the second half of the story is a different story. The writing suffers from what I like to call the spin-cycle effect: dull moments followed by adrenaline-filled scenes and twists. It sort of destabilizes and distracts the reader. I wasn't completely in it for the most part but, when I was, it was worthy. The dialogues are okay but not memorable and a tad bit too long . I liked what I was reading when I was reading it, but it didn't leave me stunned, to be precise.

Character Development
Thomas Cresswell is basically Sherlock(who can flirt while solving crimes). He's just the right amount of flirtatious and cocky without being arrogant or cheesy. The guy doesn't know the first thing about being subtle but his arrogance and wit make him amusing. The banter between the ML's reminded me so much of Sherlock and Watson(minus the flirting) that I swear every time Thomas addressed Audrey as "Wadsworth" I swooned. I think he was the best developed character in this book, if not a little bit cliche.

Audrey Rose's position as a young woman in the Victorian era was an important aspect of the story as well. As a proper high society female, she is constantly underestimated and disrespected but she does not let circumstances limit her. She constantly questions why she, as a female, isn't thought to be as capable as her male counterparts and as such, always strives to prove said counterparts wrong. This isn't necessarily uncommon in YA, but this case was unique because it was a situation of the female outwitting her opponents not in a battle or political sense, but rather in terms of her intelligence, scientifically. Her fight to be able to be educated in her Uncle's classroom shows how important knowledge is to her and she proves, time and time again, that it is her most lethal weapon.

Overall this was a good story, I'm debating weather or not to try the next book in the series but considering the last three pages warmed my heart while the previous three hundred chilled my bones I'll consider it down the road.

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LOVE IT

Amazing book that's great for getting out of reading slumps. Easy to listen to over and over. Great narration as well!

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  • lauren
  • 2016-10-03

Great listen

The performance is amazing! The story is gripping. I would recommend to anyone not just people who enjoy mysteries

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  • Nicole C.
  • 2018-03-29

Obvious

I appreciate that it must be difficult to write a novel with an unguessable mystery. However, it was really obvious to me who Jack the Ripper was. It was obvious very early on (I'm talking no more than an hour in), and I kept hoping that I was way off because it was so obvious, but I was correct. That being said, mysteries, like horror, are extremely subjective, and what is obvious to me may not be so to another reader.

It just seemed to me that all the red herrings were obvious red herrings, and I was very aware of the author trying to obscure her twist. I was very aware of the author throughout the book in other ways, as well. This book is set in the late 19th century, and it is clear that the author has done her research, and is eager to share it. But she may be a little too eager. There are several instances where she'll put a piece of historical trivia into a character's mouth instead of just showing it to the reader through setting and world building.

For an example, one character might say something like, "Audrey Rose, it's inappropriate to address a man by his Christian name unless you are engaged." This is clunky and stilted--chances are, everyone already knows that, because they're steeped in the rules and traditions of their day. A more realistic reaction would just be to gasp, or look scandalized. One of the age old rules for dialogue is to never write dialogue that is solely meant to give the reader information. Another example of this is Audrey Rose's brother's awkward insistence on inserting 'sister' into every sentence he utters to her. I also really can't stand the weird and cumbersome name, 'Audrey Rose,' but that's just me being picky.

Audrey Rose is your typical fiery, headstrong female protagonist who is so stubborn she gets herself into ridiculous situations and regularly refuses to see reason. Yawn. What makes it even worse is that Kerri Maniscalco is determined that we should know that Audrey Rose is a feminist character. Just about every thought she has is tied to the restraints of society because she's a woman, and how everyone underestimates her because she's a woman, and how she can be a strong woman and still like lace. As a writer, you should try not to make the message of your work something the reader already knows. The message we're being beat with here is, sexism is bad. We already know that.

And as strong and independent as Audrey Rose is supposed to be, approximately 60% of her character revolves around hating/loving the arrogant genius, Thomas. There is angst, there are hormones, there is instalove. I would love it if we could start writing YA heroines who aren't madly in love with jerks, or--gasp--maybe don't even have a love interest at all.

The characters, especially for the first half, are often cartoonish, their actions and their words exaggerated nearly to the point of ridiculousness, and character development in general leaves a lot to be desired. Theories about Jack the Ripper's motives are very Psych 101--I may have been willing to forgive the fact that their analysis is Freudian though Freud's theories on psychoanalysis were not widely known in 1888, if it weren't for everything else. Historical liberties are ok, but poor setting, poor character development, awful YA tropes, and a weak twist are not.

I confess that I read this just to get to Stalking Prince Dracula, the higher-rated next book in the series. Let's hope things improve.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 2018-04-28

A must-read

Gripping story, with a powerful message, outstandingly told and beautifully narrated. I couldn't stop listening!

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  • Kelsey
  • 2018-08-06

Underwhelmed...

I was intrigued by the summary and I personally love reading about the Victorian era. However, I was underwhelmed by this book. The story and pacing was good but I found Audrey-Rose to be obnoxious at times. The way she would keep reinforcing that she was smart and capable was beating a dead horse. I can take it a couple time but it was every couple of minutes! The narrator was great and probably what saved the story.

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  • Lena Lynn
  • 2017-01-20

Why does everyone love this so much?

I will admit the actual plot pf this fantastic, it flowed really well and was a quick read. Now getting onto Audrey Rose. I am so tired of every ya book being "firey headstrong to the point of being illogical" female character falling wayyy to fast for a "hot arrogant jerk". I was super excited because I had heard she was really girly and liked pretty dresses, I thought it could be interesting. That being said this book did not hold up, if a female character is super girl how are you having her aunt scold her for dressing like a tomboy. Also having a character who is interested in basically being a medical examiner amd yet is almost squeamish and so sensitive about death came off as a joke. It especially came off as a joke when a boy taught her to look past this. If that's going to be character development why can't someone other than a love interest help her? That is so overdone.

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  • george
  • 2017-01-29

For 12 year old women

This is written for young women, in their early teens. If you are not of that demographic, you may not find this novel engaging enough to finish. The narator, Nicola Barber is excellent though, and is a bright spot in this audible book.

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  • Lizzy
  • 2020-08-20

I should have listennnneedd

All the reviews warned me that this was a pretty lame book, and I ignored them all. If you’re thinking about getting this book heed my warning: it sucked. This is the sign to find something else. Go listen to Six of Crows instead.

Honestly, wonderful performance from the reader. The writing itself was interesting but I spent a lot of the time struggling through the “relationship” of Audrey Rose and Thomas. I’m usually into YA romances, but, if you’ll pardon my French, Thomas was a real dick and should be punched in the face. Kind of a lot.

As for “strong female character” Audrey Rose, she sure was a helpless and stupid sack of “I’m just as smart and I can prove it!” throughout. It’s like Detective Right All the Time and Detective Terrible Detective went on an adventure in Victorian London. Cheerio, gov’ner.

HOWEVER the author did some incredible research and the scary parts were very eerie. Loved the story, hated the characters.

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  • Memeke
  • 2020-07-21

Nope

Okay. This is what I thought "Stalking Jack the Ripper" was going to be.

When I saw the cover and the title, I assumed that some badass MC is given a list of hits with Mr. Ripper being a part of the list. MC had trained to take out threats to society, but she is going to find stalking Mr. Ripper her toughest assignment yet. MC is a superb assassin with a background of intense training and a sharp wit, and she performs a dangerous tango with Mr. Ripper, who matches her skills and intelligence to a T. Their final confrontation is both satisfying and a little sad. Who else can match MC like the Ripper?

So, yeah. Didn’t get that.

Instead we get an MC who has a major case of "I’m-not-like-other-girls" syndrome. She constantly toots her own horn only to majorly fumble around as if she was Velma from Scooby-Doo and she didn’t have her glasses to see. Her deduction skills are subpar. Her disdain for other women is extraordinary. She is a giant "pot-calling-the-kettle-black" metaphor bumbling around and yelling at people.

I want to make a more structured criticism here, but seeing as there wasn’t much effort in writing a well-researched and plot driven novel in the first place, then I’ll treat this review the same way.

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-Everyone goes around in circles. A great example is the Uncle. He is fine with letting his niece preside over his controversial work but can’t handle her listening to lewd conversations. Even MC is perplexed. In the end, there is a particular scene that goes around and around with this paradox that I almost threw my poor phone (the device I listen to audiobooks on.) Just. Get. To. The. Point.

-The characters themselves feel stiff. They are either good or bad. Father, Uncle, Brother = Good. Women = Bad (Except MC because she is not like others girls.) They are highly one dimensional and I couldn’t invest interest in their ultimate fates.

-Is some of this historically accurate? I know the author played around with a few actual details from real history, but otherwise—I mean…weren’t girl supposed to be chaperoned non-stop? That would have effectively stopped MC. I think what I’m saying is, either make an accurate time piece, or just go all out. What’s the point of having half accuracy?

-The plot was super predictable. If I can figure all this out, then I’m sure anyone else can, too. Haha. If solving the crime was this easy, then why hasn’t the case of Jack the Ripper been solved sooner?

-The romance was gross. I did not feel a thing, and I got tired real fast with their stale flirtations.

Anyway, amidst this cluster, there were a few tid-bits that DID like.

-I’m always a stan for good and gritty descriptions of crime investigations. This book did that well.

And that’s it.

All done.

The book had potential, which it squandered and squashed into a sad, no-more-potential-puddle. There is no way I am continuing with the rest of the series, which kind of sucks. I actually was looking forward to this book/series.

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  • R. Gugler
  • 2017-04-29

nope

I wanted to like it, but whiney teenage romance ruined the plot. The main character was a grown man's fantasy of a teen girl. It was so disturbing I didn't make it past the 2nd chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-29

Not the best, but not the worst.

Narrator was great, just not the kind of story that I usually enjoy. I usually love all Pattersons book, just couldn't get into this one.

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  • Cheerioh
  • 2018-07-24

Agréable réécriture de l'histoire de Jack l'éventr

En dehors de l'histoire d'amour toujours un peu pénible, ce roman s'avère une histoire bien ficelée et agréable à écouter.