Stalking Jack the Ripper written by Kerri Maniscalco
Narrated by Nicola Barber
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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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.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I am so excited to join the Stalking Jack the Ripper Read-a-Thon! And as luck would have it, I have author Kerri Maniscalco here sharing her thoughts on the first 4 chapters!
I was initially intrigued by this book when I saw the name: Jack the Ripper. It’s no secret that I am love everything macabre (like I absolutely love true crime scene shows) and of course, Jack the Ripper! So now, I am super excited to read SJTR for the first time during the read-a-thon event!
One of my favorite notes about STALKING JACK THE RIPPER involves the opening chapter. Originally chapter two was how the story kicked off—I’d envisioned this girl disguised as a young man, sitting in school, discovering the first murder in a way where she couldn’t react or risk being discovered by her peers. (During that time in history it was considered blasphemous for a man to be interested in the science of anatomy and carving open human bodies. For a high born young woman, it was even more so.)
When I turned that draft into my agent she asked what I thought about having Audrey Rose start off by being “elbows deep” in a cadaver. Honestly? I LOVED it. I can always tell when something is the right choice for my characters or scene based on how excited I feel about diving back in and exploring the idea. It fit with Audrey’s character and really allowed us a glimpse into her life right before things change.
Thinking about her life-pre Jack the Ripper sparked this new amazing scene in my head. I sat down that afternoon and wrote out what is now the first chapter of SJTR. I couldn’t stop imagining this girl in a delicate Victorian dress, taking such care and precision with her first ever dissection. It felt like such a contradiction and I fell in love with slowly being dropped into Audrey’s world and seeing things unfold through her eyes.
I’d titled the new chapter “Preliminary Incision” and then came across the opening photo that used the same phrasing, and thought it was a sign that THIS was where our story truly began.
The opening scene is just spectacular! Just picture our heroine, Audreyrose dissecting a cadaver? What’s more, she is rooting around the cadavers abdomen! REALLY! This only whetted my appetite! This is also the scene where Audreyrose meets Thomas! I am definitely shipping these two! I can already see the sparks flying!
The first four chapters also introduce the mystery of Jack the Ripper. I love how creepy the world building is. Maniscalco really set up the opening scene as the tone of the whole book – CREEPY!
The first four chapters also introduces the main players in this macabre mystery AND they are really suspicious! I just can’t wait to finish reading this!
October 22nd Chapters 10-14 thoughts~ Nicole (Little Fantasy Land)
October 24th Chapters 15-19 thoughts ~ Irene
October 26th Chapters 20-24 thoughts~ Sabrina (Library Luv)
Have you read Stalking Jack the Ripper yet? Are you fascinated with Jack the Ripper?