This #1 New York Times bestseller and 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, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
Maniscalco's debut isn't for the squeamish: it starts with 17-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth deeply immersed in opening up and analyzing a corpse under the supervision of her Uncle Jonathan, with no detail or scalpel cut spared. Audrey Rose is a proper Victorian with the unladylike aspirations of understanding crime scenes, blood spatter, the brutality of murder, and exactly how a killer tears into his victim. Luckily for her, Jack the Ripper is on the hunt, and Audrey Rose alongside Thomas, a handsome aspiring coroner is determined to catch him. In taking on the subject of this famous 19th-century serial killer, Maniscalco is treading well-worn fictional territory, but she has created a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist in Audrey Rose, whose fearlessness in the face of the decaying and the dead while still navigating the social norms of the day 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. Ages 15 up.
This book only made my love for forensics grow!!!
I have read many amazing books. But none that are life-altering! There are so many fantastic things to say about this book. The characters, events, descriptions (however gory they may be), and subtle romance. And that ending had me shook! Read it for yourself, but if you have a love for crime, mystery, and forensic medicine. This is a must read, and I sincerely look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!!!
YES YES YES!
This series is by far my favorite. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop. Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, romance, or historical fiction.
Kept me guessing til the end
This was amazing!! A bit vividly graphic at times, Not for the faint of heart! I loved the descriptions of people and places. The story was great and really kept me guessing until the end. I love Audrey Rose and Thomas, they make quite a team! I think there’s more to him than meets the eye though! Can’t wait to read the next one!