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Stalking Jack the Ripper

(Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  115,848 ratings  ·  18,909 reviews
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 me
Paperback, 318 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Jimmy Patterson (first published September 20th 2016)
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If you opened up a PDF of this book and control-F searched it for the phrase “kind of girl,” your computer would explode. Or suddenly bypass decades of hypothesized technological progress and instantly become cognizant and emotional, developing the ability to feel just so it could ask you, personally, why the author of this book thought she could possibly write anything remotely empowering to women while taking down women at large at every turn.


This book i
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, ba
Jan 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ah, here it is, the first one star of the year (womp womp)

if you want a fluffy, historically inaccurate romp through 1888 london that is the kidz bop version of the ripper’s notorious crimes, read this book i guess

in it u will find:
1. anachronistic fake feminism doled out by audrey “i’m not like other girls!” rose, the only “capable” female character in this book that is ~supposedly~ full of girl-power!
2. an annoying love interest who is a clear sherlock holmes ripoff
3. an apparent lack of kno
Sasha Alsberg
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ;)
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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
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 id
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, on-app, ya
4.45/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺


Quick statement: the title feels both puerile and scary at the same time and I don’t know what do make out of this information.
But still.

Aren’t y’all living for the macabre? Because I kind of do sometimes and it actually disturbs me more than it should but how can I come across a title like Stalking Jack the Ripper and don’t go okay, I need to read that just because.

I wasn’t completely sure what was I expecting from this book when I fi
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 l
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)
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.”

Okay, let’s start this review with a little bit of background knowledge I gathered before I read the actual book and take it from there. ;-) As always I got aware of “Stalking Jack the Ripper” because so many of my friends on here read it and thus it was all over my feed. It doesn’t take much to figure that I wasn’t only intrigued by the promise but also by the idea behind the book. I mean who isn’t curious about Jack the Ripper?
Elle (ellexamines)
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 l
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first installment of the series of the same name, is a gripping YA Mystery set in Victorian London.

From the start, I was drawn to the intrepid protagonist, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her charming friend, Thomas Cresswell, isn't bad either!

Audrey Rose is a great character, although at times, I'll admit, she's a little flat.

The idea behind her is really one I can get behind, however. A young lady who doesn't buckle under the pressures of convent
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Stalking Jack the Ripper (#1) - ★★★★★
Hunting Prince Dracula (#2) - ★★★★★
Escaping from Houdini (#3) - ★★★★★
Capturing the Devil (#4) - ★★★★★

[10/08/2019] - I got my school bookclub to chose this book as their monthly pick! I'M AN INFLUENCER GUYS


[9/15/2019] -

[Credit: Kerri Maniscalco]


[9/10/2019] - POP QUIZ! Anybody recognize this voice?

I read this stupendous novel nearly a year ago and I was super excited to re-read it. It was amazing BUT
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
ive always had a morbid curiosity about serial killers. i find them absolutely fascinating and jack the ripper is one of the most notorious ones, so i knew right away this would be my cup of tea.

what i didnt expect to enjoy so thoroughly were the characters. i really appreciate what audrey roses character stands for - i love the idea of women making their own place in a society that dictates how to behave, what to wear, how to speak, etc. i really like that she always acts upon her curiosity, e
chan ☆
would kick thomas cresswell in the 'nads ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Oh boy. Please don't come after me, but y'all.... I did not play well with this one.


I'm not going to hash out everything here, because I'm clearly in the minority, and also because you can read all of my similar thoughts on Jamieson's review HERE.

To sum it up, the whodunnit was predictable from the first moment the villain was introduced on page, none of the interesting factors, such as Audrey's biracial heritage, were explored beyond inclusion for mere cosmetic detail, and DEAR GOD I WAS BORE
“What is a man's soul made of that a woman's is not?”
The story features a strong and courageous female protagonist, Audrey Rose whose interest in autopsies overpowers her fear of ostracisation in the society and of her over-protective father. During the period when other girls of her age were courted by suitors, Audrey spent most of her time at her Uncle's, unearthing the mysteries of a diabolical serial killer Jack The Ripper , indulging in the acts of human dissection and witnessing sick ba
Zoe (Marauders version)
I am no longer my own bitch, I am Thomas Cresswells bitch.

This book makes me want to dress in corsests and pretty dresses and look for a murderer with my hot, flirty, academic rival.

Thomas Cresswell was the star of this book, there is no contender. And no, I do not care that this book was a murder investigation and that Thomas was in about 150 pages of this book. He was the highlight.

”Personally i’d rather stay in reading”

I would love to stay in reading with you Mr Thomas Cresswell. Come on, th
Emma Giordano
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
✨ Helena ✨

“Wield your assets like a blade, Cousin. No man has invented a corset for our brains. Let them think they rule the world. It’s a queen who sits on that throne. Never forget that. There’s no reason you can’t wear a simple frock to work, then don the finest gown and dance the night away. But only if it pleases you.”

Who else was legitimately obsessed with all 56 Nancy Drew novels, all 21 Famous Five novels, and the 4 classic Sherlock Holmes novels growing up??? I had binoculars, monoculars, mag
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!

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

yeah so ,, this was incredibly disappointing for me and everyone should just go watch the buzzfeed unsolved episode instead BECAUSE SHANE AND RYAN NEVER LET ME DOWN LIKE THIS BOOK DID.

this book has so many issues all of which we will be going into later but the thing is, I probably could have overlooked them to some degree if this book was at least
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
Margaret M - semi hiatus  (With lots of catching up to do)
3 stars for a story that has fascinated me for years.

Why?, here we have an infamous serial killer that managed to outwit the law to commit a string of gruesome murders in the crowded streets of east London. A deranged man, and seemingly a very clever person, who remained undetected leaving a case that was never solved. This has led to many conspiracy theories, points of views, challenges from the greatest criminal minds, however, none of them have successfully solved the case.

So, when you pick u
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved the dynamic between Audrey and Thomas.
Kayla Dawn
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
1,5* - DNF at 40ish% because this sucks.

Not giving it 1 star because the idea had potential and tbh it might have gotten better if I'd continue to read. But I don't want to.

I was pretty sure I knew who the Ripper was and since I didn't want to continue I skipped to the end and SURPRISE.... I was right. Such a cheap "plot twist".

This book could've been really good if the love story wasn't as cringy and the love interest wasn't as rude, unlikable and creepy. Seriously he is awful (He might evolve
Lucie V.
“Death was not prejudiced by mortal things such as station or gender. It came for kings and queens and prostitutes alike, often leaving the living with regrets. What might we have done differently if we’d known the end was so near?”

✅ Murders to solve
✅ Strong main character
✅ Victorian London vibes
✅ Funny banter
🆗 Nice secondary characters
🆗 Not so unexpected ending
❗️❗️ Trigger warning : autopsies and graphic descriptions of dead bodies

Here I am, finally joining the party 5 years lat
Vibur (hiatus)
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dear Santa, I want a Thomas Cresswell for Christmas, please.
Reynita ★ 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
Jessi ❤️ H. Vojsk [if villain, why hot?]
“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 goo
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