Not sure if you were aware, but for the past week a Stalking Jack the Ripper read along has been taking place. I and my fellow bookish friend who runs Knights of the White chapel teamed up with Kerri to put together an awesome read along.
Within this read along not only did we get the author's exclusive thoughts on the chapter break ups but there is also a gift in store for those who partake (More about this at the bottom of the post).
but first here's a little bit about the book...
Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: 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.
Today is my time to share Kerri's thoughts on chapters 20-24, the final stretch before the last 5 chapters of this read along. If you wish to view the previous chapter thoughts, you can find them here:
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 YOU ARE HERE
and then up next is...
Now without further ado here are Kerr's thoughts:
The Mitre Square photograph is one of my favorites in the book. I love the darkness of it and was so inspired while writing and researching this gruesome double event. Something that no one other than my agent and critique partners know is: throughout the book, I’d originally had chapters told from Jack the Ripper’s POV. The Mitre Square scene was one where his POV and Audrey’s sort of came together in this frightening way. He was stalking her while she was investigating him and it was as if they were engaged in this dramatic waltz that neither was aware of. Ultimately, we decided to cut those scenes from the novel before we went out on submission with them, but I may think about revisiting them one day and sharing those passages.
Now here's a little bit more about how you could possibly receive a little extra something for partaking in the read along.
Throughout the course of the read along many were using the #SJTRreadalong, if you are late to the game, fear not. For on Saturday the 29th I will be hosting a special little twitter chat to end the read along. This will be a spoiler free chat, with questions aimed around the theme of SJTR, and Kerri herself will be chatting amongst us.
If you can't make that, also FEAR NOT for there is a goodreads group where you can have open discussions on the book, and that can be found here:
You are probably wondering why I am telling you all this, well if you did one of the things (tweeting using #SJTRreadalong, participating in the twitter, or Goodreads group) AND post a review between now and November 29th Kerri has offered to send everyone one of those participants who qualify a signed bookplate. THAT'S RIGHT. A SIGNED BOOKPLATE. If you have done some of this already feel free to fill out this google form:
Have any other questions feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you read SJTR? What did YOU think?