In Her Skin Tour + Official Book Playlist

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In Her Skin

by Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release Date: April 17, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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A dark, suspenseful young adult novel about crime, identity, and two girls with everything to lose.Fifteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain takes on her biggest heist yet—impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and she hopes to cash in on a little safety, some security. She finds her opportunity with the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family tied to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. When hidden crimes come to the surface and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold on to an illusion of safety or escape the danger around her before it’s too late. In Her Skin is Kim Savage at her most suspenseful yet.

Official Book Playlist

The Perfect Playlist for IN HER SKIN
Becoming Vivienne Weir gives Jo everything she wants, including a safe haven from the streets. But inside Vivienne Weir’s skin might be the most dangerous place of all. This is my soundtrack to her journey.
1. Jealous by Labyrinth is the perfect song for when Jo first spots Temple at the Boston Public Library. Jo can’t get close to her, but she wants to: in fact, Temple is her original mark. The lyrics—I’m jealous of the rain/I’m jealous of the wind/That ripples through your clothes/It’s closer than your shadow—set the tone as she rubs her thumb over Temple’s school ID and considers how to become her.
2. Good Lifeby One Republic. Life with the Lovecrafts is like a buffet, Jo thinks: so many things to choose from, and she wants to gobble it all. Between shopping trips to Newbury Street, fancy hotel restaurants, and gifts from Tiffany, this has gotta be the good life.
3. Celebrity Skinby Hole. The anger. The attitude. The grungy aesthetic. But mostly because:
You better watch out/Oh, what you wish for/It better be worth it/So much to die for
4. Perfect Placesby Lorde could have been written about the warehouse party that Temple and Jo sneak into. It’s just another graceless night for Temple; for Jo, it’s a turning point in her feelings toward her new sister.”
5. Criminal by Fiona Apple. Jo’s been careless with a delicate man—Wolf—whom she abandoned, and who happens to be her one true love. Ouch.
6. On My Own by Lea Salonga. In the novel, this song (from Les Miserables) is performed at the opera house. It reminds Jo of nights walking the city with Wolf, and she has to steel herself from showing her new family that she’s dying inside.
7. Just Like A Pill by Pink. Jo starts to suspect that Temple may not be good for her health. Just like a pill.
8. Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash. The Lovecrafts’ lifestyle isn’t the only draw. The real reason for staying is Temple, and with her, it’s always tease, tease, tease.
9. You Don’t Own Me by Dusty Springfield. Nuff said.
10. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift. Every. Line. In. This. Song. In case you need a reminder (you don’t):
I don’t like your little games
Don’t like your tilted stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don’t like you
I don’t like your perfect crime
How you laugh when you lie
You said the gun was mine
Isn’t cool, no, I don’t like you
And oh, what Jo does.
11. In the End by Linkin Park. This song is pure angst and regret. I don’t buy that Jo regrets one minute of her time as Vivienne Weir, but she does get far. And she definitely has to fall to lose it all.
Happy reading, and listening!

About the Author + Social Media Links

KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels, After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls (named by Kirkus as one of the 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (releasing March 27, 2018), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationwide; has been featured on NPR, Herald Radio, and on local cable stations; and she reads from her novels at bookstores across the country. A former reporter with a Master degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Kim’s stories are based in and around Boston. She lives with her family near Boston, not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Kim and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn’t.

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Guest Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper

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***Disclaimer: All opinions are my own.***

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“Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows. ”

– Kerri Maniscalco, Stalking Jack The Ripper


Stalking Jack The Ripper Review
By: Stephanie
Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is the first installment in a new historical fiction series centered on a young woman with a fascination in the forensic sciences. Audrey Rose Wadsworth, the daughter of a lord, lives a life of wealth and privilege. However, much to the dismay of her father, she is no ordinary high classed woman. Audrey Rose’s interests do not reside with dresses and gossip; her passion lies with the dead. With guidance from her Uncle, Audrey Rose pursues her passion by learning everything there is to know about forensic medicine. She even practices performing autopsies in her Uncle’s laboratory. However, her knowledge and experience is put to the test when a string of gruesome murders strikes London. With the charming and intuitive Thomas Cresswell by her side, Audrey Rose races to solve these murders and catch the serial killer before he or she strikes again.
The legend of Jack The Ripper is no stranger to the media spotlight. Ever since the infamous serial killer struck in 1888, the mystery of the ripper’s identity has captivated millions. Who could have brutally slain those five prostitutes and evaded the police’s detection so efficiently? Why were some of the women disemboweled? Was the ripper a man or a woman? Unfortunately, the speculation surrounding this case will forever haunt our society. However, with the large number of unanswered questions and the small amount of definitive evidence, the legend of Jack The Ripper makes for a perfect backdrop to an intriguing story.
As a person with a tendency to gravitate towards the dark and foreboding, anything relating to the Jack The Ripper crimes is a must. So when I first learned about Stalking Jack The Ripper, I immediately bought a copy; after all, it literally had Jack The Ripper in the name. However, as I learned more and more about the story, my excitement for the novel grew exponentially. Not only does the novel have a sarcastic yet brilliant love interest, but it also features a young woman fighting against society’s expectations. Therefore, as any sane person with an uncontrollable excitement for a novel would do, I consumed it.
Stalking Jack The Ripper perfectly intertwined fact and fiction. It incorporated the well known facts of the Jack The Ripper crimes while also fitting fictional elements into the notorious gaps of the legend. For instance, the reason why Jack The Ripper disemboweled those women was because those body parts were needed to preserve the body of the Ripper’s dead mother. The body’s conservation was only a stepping stone to the Ripper’s true goal; reanimating his mother (think Frankenstein). Where reality leaves us hanging, Kerri Maniscalco picks us up. Another instance of Maniscalco’s magical mending is her incorporation of authentic photographs. At the start of some chapters, a pictorial reference is displayed. These pictures vary from chapter to chapter but they always help further the story in some aspect. For instance, the first chapter of the novel is accompanied by an image, titled Post-Mortem Methods, of a dead body in the early stages of the autopsy process. This image when paired with the first line, “I placed my thumb and forefinger on the icy flesh, spreading it taut above the breastbone as Uncle showed me”, creates the perfect all around experience.
In addition to the exceptional Jack The Ripper plot, Kerri Maniscalco also introduces us to two remarkable characters, Audrey Rose and Thomas. Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a young woman with determination and courage. She is not afraid of pursuing her passion for the forensic sciences, even if society frowns upon it. One of my favorite examples of her determination is when she dressed up as a man in order to attend one of her uncle’s forensic science lectures. She sat in the back of the classroom and had to remember to speak with a low manly voice, but she was unwavering in her quest to learn. Audrey Rose also does not scare easily. She cuts open dead bodies for science and faces the gruesome effects of a serial killer all without running the other way or passing out (which is what I would do in her situation). Even after the events of the story and her family life in crumbles, Audrey Rose still holds her head up high in resolution to pursue her dreams.
Just as Watson has Sherlock as a partner in crime, Audrey Rose has Thomas. Thomas Cresswell is a young man who also has an interest in the macabre. He is interested in the forensic sciences, but excels in the art of reading people. He can deduce just about anything from anyone with just a look (just like Sherlock). His special talent is a source of annoyance for Audrey Rose since no secret or emotion is safe from him. In fact, one of his first encounters with Audrey Rose is when she is disguised as a man in her uncle’s lecture. With his observational skills, Thomas was able to determine that Audrey Rose was, in fact, not a man. However, being the revolutionary man that he is, Thomas does not rat her out. If anything, he is perplexed and even intrigued by her (and say hello to my new obsession… I mean pairing). This young woman, who is beautiful and brave, is sitting in on a lecture about death. If this isn’t fate, I don’t know what is.

Anyhow, Thomas’s superior insight into humanity influences his superb sense of confidence; confidence that borderlines cockiness at times. However, his confidence and sass isn’t portrayed as annoying; it is portrayed as charming. (Who doesn’t like a charming and handsome young man?) His witty dialogue also suggests a bit of self-loathing and sadness (William Herondale anyone?). This hint of sadness depicts a troubling backstory just waiting to be unveiled and alleviated with the help of a specific brunette. With all of these elements, in addition to his dashing good looks, Thomas Cresswell officially stole my heart (and maybe even Audrey Rose’s heart as well). His presence on the page makes me desperate for him to be an actual person. His personality and blatant declarations of romantic feelings towards Audrey Rose just turn me into a pile of mush. But alas, since he is not real (sobs), I will settle for his partnership (and possible relationship) with Audrey Rose.
Throughout the entire novel, every interaction between Audrey Rose and Thomas had me smiling from ear to ear. I was constantly wondering if now would be the time they confessed their budding feelings for one another. However, as a person who loves slow burn romances (Bellamy and Clarke on The 100 for instance), I didn’t want the romance to be rushed. I want Audrey Rose and Thomas to flirt around the idea of them as a couple. I love the angst and subtle declarations of feelings slow burn romances entail. I want them to build up to their relationship instead of it starting outright. However, I am also a person who loves the reward of waiting. And boy, did we wait for that kiss between Audrey Rose and Thomas. But it was perfect and left me wanting more. As a hopeless romantic, I also love reading about a couple being placed into dangerous situations. It forces each of them to realize what the other one means to them.

Fortunately, we get to see this type of situation when Audrey Rose unintentionally confronts Jack The Ripper. When Thomas realizes that Audrey Rose is in danger, Thomas goes out of his way to reach Audrey Rose before it is too late. Once he reaches her, running in screaming her name, he quickly scans her for any injuries and proceeds to look relieved when he finds none. Conversely, when Audrey Rose is in the hands of Jack The Ripper, her mind wanders to Thomas. When she thinks of him in this ‘life or death’ situation, she realizes that she loves him; that she not only wants to be with him but needs to be with him. These types of scenes are my bread and butter. I could read them all day long. I think it stems from my obsession with Twilight, but I digress.
Overall, Stalking Jack The Ripper was phenomenal. I loved the Jack The Ripper story line, the characters, the atmosphere, everything. I loved being sucked into this setting and witnessing the events of Jack The Ripper unfold. I loved falling in love with Thomas Cresswell and rooting for Audrey Rose Wadsworth in her fight for her dreams. If it is not obvious by this point, I highly recommend this novel. It has something for everyone; romance, suspense, mystery, humor. I cannot wait to get lost in this world again with the next book, Hunting Prince Dracula.

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco was released on September 20, 2016.

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My Rating: 5/5