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 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 will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
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"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...." (Booklist)
"This is a book that will keep you up at night and haunt you during the day." (Beth Revis, author of the New York Times best-selling series Across the Universe)
"Kerri Maniscalco paints a picture of nineteenth-century London that lives and breathes in wonderfully sinister fashion. You won't want to put this book down." (Renee Ahdieh, author of the New York Times best seller The Wrath and the Dawn)
I'm not the intended target market for this story, however, YA fiction is one of my guilty pleasures if I can find those little gems which aren't overly throbbing with angsty hormones and ruining (for me) what otherwise could have been an enjoyable tale.
This take on the 'Ripper' mystery we've all heard details of is nothing new and quite obvious from early on and I don't usually tend to mind grammatical inconsistencies but I find some of the very modern language used here to be one more reason to not love this book.
The cast of characters were flat but some of them, especially the young apprentice Dr. Thomas and the almost just as young chief of police, to have a spark of something about them that might be potental to be great characters if developed.
I've read worse but I wasn't excited by this and wish I'd used my credit elsewhere.
Brilliant book loved the story and the twists were great, also loved the narrator s accent perfectly suited the book.
The performance is amazing! The story is gripping. I would recommend to anyone not just people who enjoy mysteries
"A little predictable, and long"
same thing kept happening over and over and it never seemed like the author could pull me. I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't for me.
"Something a little different"
I enjoyed this book as a change of pace, and a quick simple follow. Good descriptions, fairly accurate along the lines of the actual Jack the Ripper cases, and overall well written. The more scientific/forensic explanations were cool. I would read the next one when it comes out.
"For 12 year old women"
This is written for young women, in their early teens. If you are not of that demographic, you may not find this novel engaging enough to finish. The narator, Nicola Barber is excellent though, and is a bright spot in this audible book.
"Amazing read for anyone who loves history!"
Great author, great story, amazing narration, and leaves the reader feeling like they witnessed it all. I highly recommend this book!
"Excellent suspense for teens!"
I listened to this with my 13 year old daughter who loves mystery and suspense. It was perfect! The story was so thrilling and entertaining and didn't need to rely on bass language and gratuitous sexual scenes. We lived it!
Not scary at all as the hype would want you to believe. It's more like Sherlock Holmes.
"I loved this book"
I loved this book I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I knew who had done it all great book I will tell everyone about it
I really enjoyed this book, couldn't believe who jack was. I cried a lot when I found out. I'm looking forward listening to more book written by this author.
"Why does everyone love this so much?"
I will admit the actual plot pf this fantastic, it flowed really well and was a quick read. Now getting onto Audrey Rose. I am so tired of every ya book being "firey headstrong to the point of being illogical" female character falling wayyy to fast for a "hot arrogant jerk". I was super excited because I had heard she was really girly and liked pretty dresses, I thought it could be interesting. That being said this book did not hold up, if a female character is super girl how are you having her aunt scold her for dressing like a tomboy. Also having a character who is interested in basically being a medical examiner amd yet is almost squeamish and so sensitive about death came off as a joke. It especially came off as a joke when a boy taught her to look past this. If that's going to be character development why can't someone other than a love interest help her? That is so overdone.
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