The Cumberland University Library has been given the opportunity to participate in a blog tour (hosted by Knights of Whitechapel, which one of our library ladies is a member of group!) for the upcoming book Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. This blog tour is active from August 1 to September 19. Make sure to look for the other posts!
About the book:
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, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
Audrey is anything but ordinary. Audrey wants to be more than someone's wife and fights the typical norm for women in her era. She is a girl of high society but has an interest in forensic sciences (which is a big no-no in the Victorian time period). However, she just can't help the curiosity that stems from dissecting dead bodies. If anyone found out about this, she would be the black sheep of society. Good thing she is willing to dress like a boy in order to be her uncle's apprentice. Her uncle is approached by the police to help in the investigation of some pretty nasty murders. This is where the story takes off and Audrey "helps" with the investigation. She is accompanied by the wonderfully arrogant Thomas. The two of them have pretty much a love-hate relationship (or is it hate-love).
This story takes you through a great mystery and Maniscalco is able to draw an amazing landscape of the time period. The author gives you such great descriptions that you will feel like you are in Audrey's world (thank goodness we are not, haha!) Even though Audrey had "different" interests, she still appreciates all things girly which was a nice treat. All the characters were great (then ones that survived anyways, ha!) and I loved how wonderfully complex this novel was. It definitely keeps you guessing and you will love it with every page turn. If you are into dark, intriguing reads, then this is the book for you!
About the author:
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a small town just outside of New York City where her love of the arts was fostered from an early age. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food for her family, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life's finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel.
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