Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Book - 2016
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A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
Publisher: New York : Jimmy Patterson Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316273497
031627349X
Branch Call Number: YA MANISCA
Characteristics: 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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violet_panda_1160
May 04, 2017

This is a truly amazing book. At parts it moved kind of slow, but overall I was at the edge of my seat. There were a few twists, which I enjoyed immensely. I am thrilled that I read this book, and will probably be looking for more from Kerri Maniscalco!!!

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BogartBlue23
Apr 30, 2017

Loved this book! It's a creative take on Stalking Jack the Ripper, and while I thought the biggest "surprise" was a bit predictable, the main characters kept this story alive in the most creepiest, goriest, and hilarious ways. The banter cracked me up. Can't wait for the sequel!
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PinesandPrejudice Dec 16, 2016

I liked the beginning of this book. The concept was interesting and I liked Audrey Rose at the start but I felt she had little to no development. The mystery was predictable and I felt that after I had figured it out within the first couple of chapters the whole thing dragged for me. It also felt a little unrealistic and I didn't like the romance -- the lead boy is too wishy washy for my taste. It just felt very ordinary and the suspense was nonexistent for me. Not a very good mystery or story.

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smmeloche
Nov 20, 2016

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In the autumn of 1888, seventeen-year-old Audrey would rather spend an afternoon with in the morgue with a corpse then at an afternoon tea. As she studies in secret under her uncle, a medical examiner, she finds herself thrust in the middle of a case that is sending shockwaves through her city; a murderer, calling himself Jack the Ripper, is brutally murdering and mutilating women. Using her wit and intelligence, Audrey must try to stop this madman as he terrorizes the city…or she could be next.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is a young adult historical thriller. I am a fan of historical fiction- so for me, a historical thriller is even better! I have always been fascinated by crime, in general, especially unsolved crime, so this play on the Jack the Ripper story caught my interest right away. This novel ended up being considerably refreshing for me. Absolutely different from anything I have been reading lately. It was macabre, witty and had a stellar twist at the end.

I took a Victorian Literature class during my undergrad in University and I wasn’t a huge fan. I couldn’t connect to any of the literature; I appreciated it for what it was and moved on. I loved how Maniscalco used tropes of Victorian gothic literature to set the stage and, yet, was still able to write a relatable young adult novel for the modern young reader. That’s a hard thing to do!

The novel opens with our protagonist, seventeen-year-old Audrey, with her hand elbow deep in a cadaver. We find out that she has been secretly studying alongside her uncle, who is a medical examiner. She attends classes in secret (dressed as a man) and is careful to speak only when spoken to so she does not draw attention to herself. She forms a friendship with another student, Thomas, and soon, they are all working together on the Jack the Ripper murders.

I really love the character of Audrey Rose as she fights to break any stereotype and traditional mold of the Victorian female. I think this is incredibly important, especially in a novel marketed for young adult readers. I also enjoyed watching the relationship blossom between Thomas and Audrey; they had considerably witty banter.

Another cool feature of this novel was the inclusion of photos. Maniscalco has a picture from the Victorian era at the beginning of each chapter; photos of leprosy, autopsied hands, and illustrations of human anatomy from Victorian doctors. This was a great touch and really helped to set the tone. The Victorian period was a huge time for medical advancement and Maniscalco makes sure you know it!

This novel did move slowly at times. I found myself feeling a bit of a lag in the middle. But then it picked right back up for the ending, which completely blindsided me! I also wish that this novel had been written for adults; I wanted more from the plot. However, for a young adult title, I did end up enjoying this one.

If you are a young adult reader who likes a bit of morbidity to your reading, then I would highly recommend. If you find yourself on the fence about this one, I would absolutely pick it up! However, if you are looking for something scary or to give you your intense crime fix, I would skip this one.

cmlibrary_mharris Oct 06, 2016

Every so often I read a book that perfectly matches up with the time of year, and this was one of those times. What could be more perfect than reading a delightfully chilling Jack the Ripper story in October, right before Halloween? I was hooked on Stalking Jack the Ripper from the moment I received the book. The back of the cover is minimalist, with a picture of historic autopsy tools and... "He murdered women in cold blood. He terrorized an entire city. He taunted those of us who hunted him down. But despite all these horrors, in the end, I could not deny it… I was the girl who loved The Ripper.”

Chills, right? And although the jacket copy refers to Aubrey Rose’s love for The Ripper, the book is so much more than that. It’s about a wonderfully fierce and feisty independent young woman and a mystery too!

Aubrey Rose is an excellently well-developed main character. She is complex and unpredictable. Stalking Jack the Ripper is set in 1888, so the reader sees her daily struggle between what society expects of her and what she expects of herself. Rather than going full-tilt rebel, we witness her desire to still befriend her much more feminine cousin and to not overly upset/scandalize her older brother. I always find that it’s a mark of great character development if the character grows or changes any over the course of the book, and Aubrey Rose definitely does. At the beginning of the book she is a very bright young lady who is good at following her uncle’s instructions to complete an autopsy. By the end of the book, she is very much thinking for herself and making her own decisions both on the streets and in the autopsy room.

Stalking Jack the Ripper also has a secondary character, Thomas Creswell, who is an absolute bonus! I just loved him to bits! I’m a huge fan of “snark,” and he has “snark” for days! His demeanor and witticisms had me smiling often through this book. I found myself especially looking forward to any extended dialog between him and Aubrey Rose- they both gave as well as they got in the sarcastic remarks!

Finally, the mystery- this was a really good mystery. It kept me guessing straight up to the end… and maybe beyond. 😉 I’m not giving anything away! You HAVE to read this one yourself. Kerri Maniscalco reveals only one clue at a time, with a couple of red herrings, to keep you hooked. I work in a library and ended up reading the latter part of the book on the reference desk because I couldn’t put it down! Not only will you want to solve the mystery, but you’ll also cheer for Aubrey Rose as she works through the clues in the male-dominated Victorian era.

This standalone book left me craving a lot more, so I was very glad to read an author interview in which it was revealed that there will be more standalone Aubrey Rose stories in the future. Go read Stalking Jack the Ripper now so that you can gush about it with me, and keep your eyes peeled for further adventures!

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sofia_24
Oct 16, 2017

Other: A great book

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Tdruid
Feb 14, 2017

Violence: Graphic & gory murders

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white_horse_641
Jan 06, 2017

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