Monday, October 24, 2016

Stalking Jack The Ripper Exclusive Chapter Content!!!

The most anticipated read of the Fall!

By: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Paterson
Publication date: September 20th, 2016

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.

Stalking Jack The Ripper has finally been released and is now the object of affection in our bookish world!  Read more and join in on the Read-A-Long with Kerri Maniscalco herself, the hosts, Sabrina (Book blogger over at Beyond the Book Reviews) and Ava (Book blogger over at Bookishness and Tea) and the rest of us lucky Stalking Jack The Ripper obsessed readers!!

I know, I know what you're thinking. Come on already with the Exclusive Chapter content for chapters 15-19, right? Well, take a deep breath and get ready... because here they are!

Read-A-Long Exclusive: Chapter Thoughts

·        Chapters 15—19

One of my very favorite chapters to write and research in the book was “Greatest Show on Earth.” Victorian circuses were so extravagant and creepy, and the atmosphere practically breathed on its own it was so alive. Originally, I’d pulled a bunch of historical photographs to include with this section, but couldn’t find all of the proper credits/rights information before going to print. When Nathaniel talks about the “Devil’s Auction” there was an actual postcard and performer with that name. Other images totally creeped me out—spoiler alert: I have a HUGE fear of clowns—and I had to cut too much extraneous setting out.

Here are some of the photos that inspired and dazzled me (while others were plain creepy) during the creation of this chapter:


                                                           [The Payne brothers c. 1875]                                                                          

                                                               [The Devil’s Auction]

My Thoughts:

Chapter 15 started out epically!  With a circus that speaks excitement and horror, and a mystery that is begging to be solved, the middle of SJTR has the perfect amount of complexity and artistic world building that you are not only pleased that you've read this far, but that you will not be able to, for any reason, stop reading until you have reached the finale. With Audrey Rose, no second is wasted and she continues to surprise us with her cleverness and charm throughout these chapters.

Continue to follow along the Read-A-Long with these other lovely SJTR lovers!

         October 18th Chapters 1-4 thoughts ~Ava, Zee, and Booknut
         October 20th Chapters  5-9 thoughts~ Sabrina Tam, Nicole’s Novel Reads
          October 22nd Chapters 10-14 thoughts~ Nicole (Little Fantasy Land)
          October 24th Chapters 15-19 thoughts ~ Irene
                  October 26th Chapters 20-24 thoughts~ Sabrina (Library Luv                                             October 28th Chapters 25-end~ Jordan, Nisha        
Here’s the schedule:
  • Monday, October (start date) 17th read chapter 1 and end at the start of chapter 5
  • Wednesday, October 19th read chapter 5 and end at the start of chapter 10
  • Friday, October 21st read chapter 10 and end at the start of chapter 15
  • Sunday, October 23rd read chapter 15 and end at the start of chapter 20
  • Tuesday, October 25th read chapter 20 and end at the start of chapter 25
  • Thursday, October 27th read chapter 25 and read  till end of the book
  • Saturday October 29th, there will be a non-spoiler twitter chat


There is even a Goodreads Group for those of us, who can't get enough!!


Also the last information that is a need to know is the special swag to go along with this Read along! Kerri has been very generous and is opening up the opportunity to those who review the books to receive a signed personalized bookplate. To qualify for one of these bookplates, you would have to have participated in the read along in some way; be it by tweeting about it, commenting on one of the discussion threads, or simply joining us for the twitter chat on the 29th. The second thing that qualifies you, more so then just simply participating in the the read along is to post a review within a month after the read along concludes. SO by November 28th, have a review up on Goodreads or Amazon/Barnes and Noble or on your blog and you get the opportunity to receive a personalized bookplate.

To enter your information to receive a bookplate fill out this Google form ( ) OR if you are feel more comfortable with emailing the address you can email

Amazing Right!?!?
All thanks to this amazing author!!!
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, a #1 NYT Bestseller, is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

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A 2016 BEA YA Buzz Book
#1 NYT Bestseller

“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.”

 “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.”
Publisher’s Weekly

 “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.”

RenĂ©e Ahdieh – #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
“…clever, dark, twisty, and enthralling! Highly recommend this one.”

Julie Eshbaugh – author of IVORY AND BONE
“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

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