#1 NYT Bestseller
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.
It is the first in a series of gothic mysteries with HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA (book two) slated for release on September 19, 2017.
Praise for STALKING JACK THE RIPPER
A 2016 BEA YA Buzz Book
#1 NYT Bestseller
“This is a must-have audio for fans of Ripper accounts and Sherlock Holmes and other BBC sleuths. This audiobook has everything: a true-life tale that has intrigued readers for 100-plus years, a young woman who balks at the constraints put upon women during the Victorian era, a marvelous yet somewhat gruesome mystery, and a narrator who brings you down into Spitalfields as Jack the Ripper earns his name.”
—SLJ Audio Review, Starred Review
“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.”
“An entertaining debut full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery.”
—School Library Journal
“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. Abundant red herrings and a dash of romance round out this gruesome but engrossing story.”
“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
“Sherlock Holmes meets Mary Shelley in this brilliant take on the legendary tale of Jack the Ripper. With memorable characters and deliciously sexy writing, 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.”
Renée Ahdieh – #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
“This grim gothic retelling of the Jack the Ripper story blends history and fiction in vivid detail. Audrey Rose is far braver than I, and I was glad to have her as my escort into Whitechapel. This is a book that will keep you up at night and haunt you during the day.”
Beth Revis – New York Times Bestselling Author
“With ample knowledge of Ripper lore, Maniscalco creates a steadfast and headstrong heroine who is as comfortable in gloves of blood as she is in watered silk. Filled with plenty of gory details, and no shortage of possible suspects, Stalking Jack the Ripper conveys the panic, paranoia, and fascination of 1880s London with a madman on the loose.”
Kendare Blake – New York Times Bestselling Author of Three Dark Crowns
“Dark and suspenseful…this book kept me guessing until its final, terrifying scenes.”
Anna Carey – author of the EVE trilogy
“…clever, dark, twisty, and enthralling! Highly recommend this one.”
Julie Eshbaugh – author of IVORY AND BONE
“Audrey Rose is a delightfully driven, collected heroine, and resourceful to boot. Her feelings of being cloistered by a male-dominated society are just as suffocating and frustrating as the corsets she longs to step out of.
Intelligent, indulgent, cunningly plotted, and beautifully written. Kerri Maniscalco makes it look easy.”
Riley Redgate – author of SEVEN WAYS WE LIE
“Maniscalco has built a brilliant feminist in her main character and I loved the way the author pushed boundaries with a nod toward future developments such as vocational/educational equality for men and women as well as scientific achievements in areas like successful organ transplant & antibacterial operating practices. But the true beauty of this book is in the visceral atmosphere Maniscalco has built on the page. I was in 19th century London with her characters and their societal expectations (and restrictions).”
S.M. Parker – author of THE GIRL WHO FELL
“This story twists and turns until you have no idea who to trust. Maniscalco’s writing is lyrical, beautiful, and haunting all at the same time. How she was able to turn such gruesome descriptions into works of art astound me. Maniscalco takes time to weave the tale and sprinkle in just enough breadcrumbs that you wonder what’s going to happen until the twisty end. This is not a story I will soon forget.”
Erica Chapman – author of TEACH ME TO FORGET
“Everything I could want in this book was there– the world was so well researched, the pace was quick and bright and twisted along the creepy so perfectly. And I loved how the traditionally feminine (dresses, makeup, hair, etc) was part of Audrey even as she did autopsies and runs around London with a hefty pair of ovaries!”
Sarah Nicole Lemon – author of DONE DIRT CHEAP
Available in stores and online on September 20, 2016.
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HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA (SJTR Book Two):
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose has no choice but to flee London and its memories. She journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend. But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
Available September 19, 2017