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Publisher's Summary

Instant #1 The New York Times best-seller

A deliciously creepy horror novel with a story line 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 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.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this #1 The New York Times best-selling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Kerri Maniscalco (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers breeches to ball gowns, autopsies to afternoon tea, and scalpels to knitting needles. Though her father, Lord Edmund, has forbidden it, Audrey covertly studies forensic medicine...while "the Ripper" remains two steps ahead, lurking where Audrey least expects....Maniscalco's portrayal of scientific invention in a newly industrial era will serve as a fine first foray into Victorian classics." (Booklist)

"Audrey is a young woman eager to use her brains and willing to flaunt society's rules....This mystery pays homage to classics like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [and] will satisfy those readers looking for historical mystery, a witty heroine, and a little romance." (School Library Connection)

"Maniscalco has created a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist in Audrey Rose, whose fearlessness will endear her to readers looking for an engaging historical thriller. [A] gruesome but engrossing story." (Publisher's Weekly)

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  • kristias
  • 07-09-18

Such a delectable, enGROSSING tale that leaves your heart pounding (or stolen)!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the character development in our protagonist Audrey Rose, to even the development and subtle hint at out villainous Jack the Ripper. There's such a tapestry of mystery, gore, and some tantalising romance to keep your blood pumping and you wanting more!
I suspected the person who ended up as the Ripper all along, but the book made me second guess my suspicions all the long. And I LOVE the little electrifying twist in the end there, which sealed our Ripper's motive for his heinous crimes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-10-19

Interesting, but...

The story was interesting. It is not a horror story, but rather a view into forensics at the time but written in an historical setting. Occasionally, the foray into details of settings and emotions got a little wordy, but overall a good story.
The thing I disliked the most was that the characters ridiculed the Christian faith 2 or 3 times. I found that hurtful and offensive.....the story would have suffered none if those few sentences were not there.

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  • Autumn Siegel
  • 24-02-19

Must Read

What a great way to mix history and an engaging story line. Simply amazing. Can't wait to read the next book.

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  • Meg
  • 04-12-18

Took a minute

Took me a minute to get a feel for the characters but once I understood, I was HOOKED! I enjoyed the mystery, the characters and the conclusion. The only reason I removed one star was the background music. This is a warning to anyone picking a book with Booktrack, I was unaware it would be like having an orchestra playing in the background at all times. This was distracting to me. Lesson learned: Just because it cost more doesn't make it better.

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  • Emma
  • 15-04-21

Distracting background music

Unfortunately, I found this story very hard to enjoy. It was too historically inaccurate at times and none of the characters seemed to show any believable emotion so I felt disinterested for a significant proportion of the book. Also, this audiobook has a soundtrack that runs throughout. Sometimes it is ambient effects, other times it is background music. I can see that the intention is to create an immersive experience but I found it hugely distracting and, on several occasions, had to go back and listen to the story again as I had found myself focused more on the background sound. Also, if you prefer to listen to your audiobook at an increased speed, the background sounds become tinny and distorted, making it even more distracting. If returning it had been an option, I most certainly would have.

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  • Jodie cook
  • 24-07-20

Best audiobook

The best audio I've listened to ever. I have read Stalking Jack the Ripper several times but I will never tire of this audio. Thomas Cresswell is my spirit guide

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  • Duyen Cao My
  • 20-07-19

Beautifully conducted

The narrator was perfect in crafting out the characters. It is also one of the most memorable novels I have read, and would totally recommend. Suitably played melodies can be heard softly in the background, vividly recreating the scenes in the book, yet by no means drowning out or obscuring the narration. Don't let the title give you the wrong initial impression: rest assured it is not about some Victorian girl stalking and falling head over heels after Jack the Ripper. The plot is by far more enticing than that. All in all, give it a try. It will hopefully suit your tastes and worthwhile.

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  • Elentiya
  • 18-12-18

I love it

I love this book and the music in the back ground made it more creepy and erie.
Audrey rose is beautiful and smart. I love her character - she makes me want to be a better women.
Thomas is as funny as he is charming and along with Audrey Rose they make quite the pair.
This books is amazing give it a listen and you'll find it amazing and historical, if you are indeed interested in jack the ripper :)

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  • Hasti.mehdikhani
  • 16-12-20

The background music

Oh gosh everything was fine EXCEPT the background music! It’s in the background constantly most time taking off the mood of the book and if you listen to it at 1.5 or 2 speed is is horrendous. Would appreciate if there was a choice to take off the background music

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

Exceptional!

This is the second time I have blessed my brain with this book, is truly is a masterpiece! Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell are beautifully written characters with strong souls and clever wit.