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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  20,284 Ratings  ·  4,464 Reviews
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 l
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Jimmy Patterson
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Sasha Alsberg
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've really enjoyed reading after my horrid book slump and I LOVED it! I need more of Kerri's writing in my life, especially with her amazing characters like bloody Jack ;)
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katerina by: Nastassja
Two words.
Thomas Cresswell.

Alright, of course there will be more words, I just needed to give you a proper motivation to grab this extraordinary book, and an obnoxiously yet damnably brilliant British boy seemed like a good idea. Now that I have your attention, let's move on, shall we?
“One taste of warm blood is never enough, Miss Wadsworth.”

Jack the Ripper.
The Whitechapel Murderer. Leather Apron. Whatever you call him, he's still the same; a monster that lingered in the shadows, bathed in
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
The Short
Actual rating: 4.5*

Perfect for fans of: The Diviners by Libba Bray, A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (or if you've already read this and enjoyed it, you might like these!)

Writing: 4.5 stars
Characters: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Originality: 5 stars
(All out of 5 stars)

The Long
This was sooo good! I had heard such great things about this book, but knowing how mysteries are hit or miss with me, I was
Wendy Darling
DNF after 5 chapters. Loved the beginning, which has the heroine literally up to her elbows with a cadaver in an autopsy room. But the deliberate visceral appeal of those types of scenes, reminiscent of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, are hampered by thin romantic beginnings, mannered dialogue, and an anachronistic hammering of modern feminist attitudes.

Since people love to kneejerk-complain over observations like the last one, I'll spell it out clearly for the trolls in simple language. (view spoiler)
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Damn it all! If every time I decided to have a snack, I picked up this book and it would be at a morbidly, graphic part of the book! Hence, said snacking ceased to exist! 😄

There were parts of the book that were a tad boring but overall I think it was great. There are also pictures through-out the book. I might add some later.

Audrey works with her uncle cutting up cadavers and doing gross stuff they do with trying to find out causes of death and what have you. Thomas is also a student that is le
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Em by: maymay❀
Shelves: 2017-reads, favorites
I'm so glad my soulmate isn't here yet, I'm not ready to mess up something that intense when they find out that not only have I figured out who Jack the Ripper was... I also figured out the WHY and the HOW

I think it’s time to formally call myself out on watching too many episodes of criminal minds. It’s rendered me far too angsty and it’s also become almost second nature for me to meet any stranger and think that I’ve uncovered the real identity of Jack the Ripper and that it’s probably them!!

Lola  Reviewer
Well that was a charming ending to a rather dark story.

By that I mean the last three pages warmed my heart while the previous three hundred chilled my bones.

Stalking Jack the Ripper was easily my most anticipated release of the second half of 2016. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I’m fascinated by the horrifying personage that was Jack the Ripper, but my curiosity (and disgust) cannot help but awake at the mention of him and his doings.

Kerri Maniscalco created very ‘‘human’’ characters in t
Natalie Monroe
"Lord help the girl he set those eyes for good. His boyish vulnerability was a weapon, powerful and disarming. I was thankful I wasn't the the kind of girl to lose my mind over a handsome face."

I originally gave this two stars, but the more I thought about it, the more pissed off I felt. Stalking Jack the Ripper is what happens if you drop a girl with 21st century "feminist" ideas in the Victorian era. Everything about Audrey Rose, from her speech to her actions, screams 2016.

"I had no idea m
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
5/23/18 Update:

JIMMY Books is giving away TWENTY copies of the mass market paperback that feature the MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL novella right now on GR. Go forth and enter, friends!

8/27/17 Update

There's a special one day promotion going on where you can get SJTR for $1.99! (Check online retailers to snag a copy.) Ends tonight at midnight!

4/6/17 update

i forgot to include the exclusive 1st chapter excerpt from SJTR book #2 (aka Hunting Prince Dracula) here!
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Full review update!

Wow okay this was super fun. I mean really - if you're in the market for YA Sherlock Holmes with a badass heroine and a super snarky (and charming) sidekick, definitely pick this up. I do have some mixed feelings about parts and I'll admit I skipped some chunks because ew, not for me. Some of the ending really rubbed me the wrong way, but you can see those details below in the spoiler tag.

Aubrey Rose is basically an unconventional female in her society. She's super into educat
Emma Giordano
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars! I went very back and forth with this book. In the beginning, I absolutely adored the story but as it progressed, I frequently found myself loosing interest. Serial killers are a huge subject of fascination for me, so I was a little disappointed I didn't enjoy the story as much as everyone else. It's likely that my own expectations for the novel weren't fulfilled, which is why it wasn't a favorite. Despite all that, I did still enjoy it. It was fun and fairly entertaining. I think I ju ...more
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Pretend I am as capable as a man?
Please, sir, do not value me so little!”

Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Did you ever wonder what it would be like living at the time when Jack the Ripper was roaming the streets of London?
And did you maybe think it would be awfully exciting to be part of the investigation?
Well, then this is the perfect book for you.
Audrey Rose was never the one for living under the rules of society.
Women can’t be a medical apprentice?
Women are only here to serve their husbands and be good wi
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

*this review fills with minor spoiler. Read at your own risk.*

"Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark
flower. You needn't believe something weak because it appears deli-
cate. Show the world your bravery."

Wow. I'm so freaking disappointed with this book. Look, I didn't even have high expectation toward the book, because I know my expectations toward books often don't end up well. So I might as well not to expect anything, but the things is, it's really hard not to expe
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Listen, I am acknowledging this is not the best book ever written. But I am also telling you that I liked reading it a lot. It is no-holds-barred entertainment with hints of substance underneath that I’m hoping continue to develop .

Audrey Rose does autopsies. On cadavers. This is obviously not generally considered acceptable for societal women in 1888. She is kind of not the most street smart person ever and keeps doing things that are completely lacking in common sense. I do not respect or lik
Cait • A Page with a View
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Murder mysteries are NOT my thing, but this was so much fun and so well written that I... still ended up really enjoying it?! The hype is definitely deserved.

"Why must I either be docile and decent, or curious and wretched? I was a decent girl, even if I spent my spare time reading about science theories and dissecting the dead."

I loved how sarcastic, witty, and totally capable Audrey Rose was. Sometimes I get annoyed when it feels like a fiercely feminist character from modern times is forced
C.G. Drews
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well this was full of blood and bone and a spot o' tea, which is such a nice compilation. Like shout out to the finale where Audrey Rose tries to calm everyone down and says "LET'S HAVE TEA AND THINK ABOUT THIS" wow I how she's literally the only sensible person in this book. However, I have to admit...I've basically read this entire story before lmao. It was in These Shallow Graves and I did get bored in the middle of reading SJTR because I knew what was happening! I predicted the murderer like ...more

Recommended to me by this poo, ♡Ninjaflower ♡ and recommended to her (and me) by the lovely, ♡ Johanna
(view spoiler)

I felt like this book came out of nowhere and took everyone by surprise, I’m truly astonished.

Stalking Jack the Ripper is narrated by Audrey Rose, a seventeen-year old girl who comes from an affluent family during the late 1880’s. Despite the expectations suited for her by society and her father, Audrey Rose defies their regulations by sne
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
4.5 stars

Stalking Jack the Ripper follows Audrey Rose, a young student of forensic science as she attempts to uncover the identity of the infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper. I love everything about this book. I love the time period, the themes, I mean – science, murder, 1800s England, feminism, what’s not to love? The writing style is perfect. The whole concept of Jack the Ripper is so wildly fascinating it is impossible not to be invested. Audrey is A++++ narrator, and every character apa
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved the dynamic between Audrey and Thomas.
I just finished reading the second book and it's making me like this book even though I had a very boring time reading this book. AKSDHSJKFBSDLVBSDFGA nope, not RAIsiNG my rating.

Tbh, I would have really liked it if wasn't fucking b00ring, predictable af and just so??? idk boring.

The mystery and the forensic science things didn't interest me which is probably why I was so bored.

Lowkey liked it because of the teasing, charming flirt Thomas Creswell and Audrey Rose speaking up against those sexi
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hello, my name is Jiana and I love Thomas Cresswell to bits and pieces.

Now I admit the book was super slow and boring in the middle and I was annoyed by that, and it's probably one of the most predictable books I've ever read in my entire life (I called it the minute the character appeared Oh Yeah) but you know what? I don't care one bit. I love the setting, I love the plot, I love the writing, I love the characters and I absolutely can't wait to read the next book!

Honestly if anyone's contempla
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, it took me forever but I finally finished this book as i wasn’t disappointed one bit, it was everything I wanted and more! Although I guessed the killer pretty early on that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book, if anything it made it even more interesting for me,

It’s set in Victorian London which I found super interesting, especially since I recognised some of the names of places so I loved that bit, then there were the unique drawings / letters and a few other odd things at the start of eac

Buddy-read with my colleague Dr. Katerina. If you need your heart cut out or, perhaps, lobotomy - we are humbly proposing our services to you.

There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.

Okay, okay, I swear, I was going to start this review with a picture of human anatomy to prove you how serious this book is, and that a knife is not a child's toy (I am referring to the cover where a heroine holds the aforementioned knife rather seductively *whispers* She's even more hott

4 Stars!

"Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.”

Spoiler Free Review!

I’m just putting it out there, in two simple but beautiful words. Thomas Cresswell. My god, heart eyes ALL OVER THE PLACE!

It’s finally done! It took me a little bit longer than what I thought it would for multiple reasons but it’s done! I really really enjoyed this book, but at times I felt like it dragged on a little bit aro
alyssa ♛ semi-hatius
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, 4-5-stars
4.5 Stars

I've waited too long to write a review and I have the memory of um, *insert name of animal that has short term memory* >.< but one thing I do know for sure is that thomas. is mine. and mine only. good day y'all :)

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars
Lead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Genre: mystery, historical fiction
Will I recommend this book to others?: YAS
Will I reread this book?: SURE
Overall story summed
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
✓ i guessed who it was from the beginning
✓ i knew it
✓ i fucking knew it
✓ someone pls give me an award
✓ i want it in the form of $$$ ok ? nothing else
✓ my ass would make a fine detective like who is sherlock holmes?
✓ jokes, i have nothing on sherlock holmes
✓ but i feel like i was almost at sherlock holmes level though
✓ never knew i'd guess it right
✓ makes me so angry that this guessing could've been really useful on tests
✓ also can i have thomas as my watson? instead plot twist : he's my lov
Ben Alderson
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Really interesting novel, but didnt fully grab me! I will be reading book two, because know the story and world has been explained and I have a better understanding of the characters, I think I might enjoy the following books!
sreeja (semi-hiatus)
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.”

this was beautiful; dark and a whole lot of fun with a ton of heart stopping moments, in short this book was perfect and you NEED to read this
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also this is the author’s debut novel?
COUNT ME IN for everything else that she writes because i’m in love with her writing style
The way that she weaved in this beautiful story into the mystery surrounding Jack
Amber Robertson
EDIT 01/02/16: I've been thinking about it, and this is definitely a 5 not a 4. So, just re-rating like the fool I am.

EDIT 23/12/16: This is officially my first hardcover I own.

“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.”


Stalking Jack the Ripper was a book I was expecting to hate. Why? Purely because I have a habit of hating popular books due to the hype. However, I am a lover of history so I
Joel (Throne of books)
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
*ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*

  Inspired by the infamously unsolved case, Kerri Maniscalco's thrilling debut creates a mysterious atmosphere in this remarkable tale of buried secrets and unthinkable truths.
  Audrey Rose Wadsworth is not your ordinary modern Victorian girl. While being groomed to be the perfect young lady, she sets out a different path for herself. Secretly apprenticing in forensics by her uncles side she is determined to understand how death really works.
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“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.” 176 likes
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