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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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  • 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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • LMichaeles
  • 08-06-21

Didn’t love the music.

The soundtrack was nice at first, but it got overly dramatic at times. There was a time or two that I couldn’t hear the narrator very well. Also, the dramatic build up to a..... just another sentence, that was probably the most distracting bit. I enjoyed the way it built the drama when there was a climax.

I feel like overall the storyline was interesting. It could have been fun as well as dark, but it seemed... more depressing with a heavy sense of foreboding. However, that was probably because of the music.

I got through it pretty quick, and it was entertaining. I’d recommend if you’re interested in true crime & historical fiction.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-22

Stalking Jack the Ripper a phenomenal novel

I absolutely loved this novel! It was filled with twists and turns, and a phenomenally female protagonist. The ending plot twists was nothing I expected. As a reader of novels similar to this I have to say this one might be the best. With the added romance and banter of Audrey Rose and Thomas this story really came to life and was absolutely astonishing to visualize in my mind. The romance was like non other I have read in novels similar to this. It was added with great calculations and perfectly timed and execution extremely well. It was not thrown in for glee but for purpose and made the story that much more enjoyable. So a huge thank you to the author for an outrageous amazing story I will never forget.

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  • 28-03-22

Music was awful

Plot was ok and had potential but i could barely get through it due to the dramatic music that was constantly playing. sometimes i could barely hear the words. i like to listen to audio books while driving and i kept getting the background music mixed up with what was happening outside of my car. also, the main character seemed very weak and wishy washy. first she's saying how the male lead annoys her (while he is constantly talking down to her) then the very next second she's getting "lost in his dreamy eyes". and it may be a minor detail but they describe the main female character as being of Indian descent but the cover art is of a white woman. i got confused when it started talking about her Indian heritage because i assumed from the cover art she was a white woman. why not just have the cover art be of a female of Indian descent.

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  • Hayley Bradshaw
  • 16-03-22

Such a fantastic story!

I LOVED this novel! The narration is wonderful! It took me a few chapters to get into the music, but I really loved it. It took the story to the next level, for me personally. Now I wonder why all books aren't scored like this!

This book is so well written. Kerri Maniscalco is truly a literally wunderkin and I will be furiously purchasing the rest of her catalog today. Word building: 10/10. Plot: 10/10. Narration: 10/10. This book has everything I love - historical fiction, romance, suspense, murder! I don't know what else you could want from a novel!

I'll be recommending this to everyone who will listen!

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  • Brooke Patterson
  • 20-01-22

Hated the Music - Very Distracting

The story overall was good and very well told - it's the music in the background that I really hated. It takes away from the story and at times you can't hear the narrator as well. I ended up returning my copy and borrowing a regular audio copy from the library (plus its free.) But then again - Book Track is not for everyone.

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  • samantha M Dean
  • 29-09-21

love love love

absolutely loved this book. I just love that the writer put in so many details. The reader was a perfect fit also.