Read-A-Long: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Posted October 18, 2016 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Events4 Comments


Read-A-Long: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Read-A-Long: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri ManiscalcoStalking Jack the Ripper written by Kerri Maniscalco
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Pages: 336
Narrated by Nicola Barber
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
ISBN: 031627349X
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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!


Chapters 1-4

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 18th Chapters 1-4 thoughts ~Ava, Zee [YOU ARE HERE!], and Booknut

October 20th Chapters  5-9 thoughts~ Sabrina Tam, Nicole’s Novel Reads

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)

October 28th Chapters 25-end~ Jordan, Nisha


Have you read Stalking Jack the Ripper yet? Are you fascinated with Jack the Ripper?

About Nicola Barber

Nicola Barber has appeared on stage in New York and across the country, and can be seen with Scarlett Johnansson in The Nanny Diaries. She holds a degree in theatre arts from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has taken classes at the London Academy of Dramatic Art. She has been training and performing voiceovers since 2001, and can be heard in video games, animation, commercials, corporate videos, and audiobooks.

About Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, a #1 NYT Bestseller, is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

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4 responses to “Read-A-Long: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

  1. Thanks for sharing! I read and loved the ARC version of the book, and it’s exciting to see what others think about the book over the course of this readalong! Unfortunately, I couldn’t participate because of the PSAT D: but I’m so glad you’re enjoying it ^-^


    • YES! I actually breezed through the book and I am done! OMG! I LOVE IT! I think we need more books in this genre.. like The Madman’s Daughter series! 🙂

  2. I was already intrigued with Stalking Jack the Ripper but now I’m even more so! I love the opening scene and how it came to be. Thanks for sharing, Kerri. And I’m happy you’re participating in the read along, Zeee. I hope to see more of your thoughts as you continue the story. As for me, I’m adding this to my wishlist! 😀
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