Parents' Guide to

Stalking Jack the Ripper

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen dissects corpses to find killer in Victorian creepfest.

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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Made it sound worse

There is nothing described graphically, from either a scientific standpoint, or from a love-interest standpoint. The romance is a sub-plot... Not the main plot of the story, and it doesn't ADVANCE the charactors... It just adds interest. The forensic aspect breifly described and I found nothing wrong with it at all. One of the best books I have ever read! Can't wait for BOOK #2! The only time it gets remotely risque is when it mentions that a girls uterus had been ripped out of her body. It is a good clean novel and I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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age 12+

Amazing victorian novel

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Fans of creepy scenes and Victorian London's dark underbelly will love this gory page-turner and its theory about a famously unsolved murder spree -- but it's not for the squeamish. The first page, which graphically describes each step as the narrator slices into a corpse, is a preview of much to come, and not everyone shares the heroine's fascination with body parts. But along with the relentless gore and gross-outs, there's a suspenseful plot, lots of (sometimes accurate) period detail, and a spirited heroine with lots of appeal as she dodges Victorian propriety to pursue her true calling. Stalking Jack the Ripper is the first book in a planned series by first-time author Kerri Maniscalco.

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