Thursday, October 20, 2016

Stalking Jack the Ripper: Chapter Thoughts 5-9

Thank you to Sabrina from Beyond the Book Reviews, Ava from Bookishness and Tea and Kerri Maniscalco for organizing this wonderful Stalking Jack the Ripper Read-A-Long. I am thrilled to showcase chapter thoughts for chapters 5-9. I hope everyone is enjoying the read-a-long. You still have time to catch up if you just heard about this wonderful read-a-long. The Stalking Jack the Ripper Read-A-Long started on Monday, October 17th and will end on Friday, October 28th. Check out this document for more information about the Stalking Jack the Ripper Read-A-Long.

Sabrina (@Splintered_Luv) will be hosting a twitter chat on Saturday, October 29th to discuss non-spoilery thoughts about the book and also to share our love for Stalking Jack the Ripper. There is also a goodreads group to further discuss your opinions about Stalking Jack the Ripper.

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Paterson
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Pages:  336
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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.

Exclusive Chapter Thoughts Chapters 5-9
[photo credit: reserved to copyright holders/the movie Se7en]

I both loved and found myself silently screaming for Audrey during these chapters. We get a glimpse at how annoying society and gender restrictions would have been. Instead of focusing solely on the horrific case, the majority of men in her life question whether or not she can handle it. The parts I loved, however, were Thomas’s skills of deduction being on full display. Audrey’s admiration for him is growing as he encourages her and her ability to handle the murders, and the way they go out and actively hunt down clues. It was fun seeing their friendship and relationship move forward, and Audrey has a chance to show off a bit of her strengths.

Fun tidbit for chapter 9: during this scene I’d envisioned Mr. Thornley lying in bed, covered in sores, and barely breathing. I’m a visual person and find that pulling up photographs usually assists my muse with writing a clearer picture. There’s this scene in the movie Se7en that I felt closely matched my own mental images, so this is what I pulled up to “inspire” the visceral atmosphere of the breathing curtains and the tension in the room.


About Kerri Maniscalco

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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Stalking Jack the Ripper Chapter Thoughts Schedule

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

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Kerri Maniscalo has been very generous and those who review Stalking Jack the Ripper will receive a signed personalized bookplate! To qualify for a bookplate, please participate in the read-a-long whether it be it by tweeting about it, commenting on one of the goodreads discussion threads or simply joining the twitter chat on the Saturday, October 29th. Also, you will need to post a review within a month after the read-a-long concludes. By November 28th, please have a review up on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or on your blog.

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