TITLE: Capturing the Devil #4
AUTHOR: Maniscalco, Kerri
RELEASED: September 10, 2019
PUBLISHER: JIMMY Patterson
GENRE: YA Historical fiction
GOODREADS RATING: 4.32
TRIGGERS: Murder, assault
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.
Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.
Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?
After falling completely in love with Audrey Rose and Thomas in the first three books of this series, I really couldn’t stop myself from picking up the fourth one rather quickly upon its release. Something that’s definitely mention-worthy since I’m one of those people tending to postpone on reading sequels, let alone finales! Do mind that this review might contain spoilers for the previous books in the series.
If you want to read my reviews on previous instalments, feel free to check them out: Stalking Jack the Ripper – Hunting Prince Dracula – Escaping from Houdini
It’s always an amazing feeling to get reacquainted with characters you know you love. It wasn’t any different this time around. I missed Audrey Rose, but I definitely missed a whole lot of Thomas since reading Escaping from Houdini. It felt good seeing these two together again, on a mission to save the world from its bloody horrors.
Although, this time was unlike the start of the previous three books – the focus being more on their relationship at first. I really did not mind one bit, since it’s an aspect I started to love in Hunting Prince Dracula. [Yup, I vividly remember not caring one bit about the romance in Stalking Jack the Ripper. Thank the skies that got remedied!]
Bringing this a bit more to Audrey Rose specifically, it has to be mentioned she grew a whole lot throughout the Stalking Jack the Ripper-books. I feel like Capturing the Devil gave her the final push she needed to accept herself, find comfort and reassurance in her environment and, ultimately, her place in the group of friends and family she built. I loved seeing her be true to herself as much as she possibly could, while similarly struggling with it as well.
That being said, throw Thomas in the mix and this book.. did contain some *flaps hands* steamy bits, but nothing too much. I don’t remember who said it, but it was described as “tastefully steamy” and I can only agree with that term! It didn’t need to be more than what it was either, since.. well.. these books weren’t about that kind of thing anyway and I would’ve been disappointed should that have changed with the last book, haha.
At some point, we’re all someone’s hero and another’s villain. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Looking back, I feel like maybe the focus was way less on the murders and investigations than in previous books? I honestly remember more drama – love-wise and family-wise – than the bloody gore I’d gotten used to reading Kerri’s books. I didn’t realize while reading, but as I’m writing this down, I feel like I did miss that aspect. I’ve simply come to link it with the series and it’s a bummer to now conclude this wasn’t as present in Capturing the Devil as I would’ve liked.
But, that doesn’t change me absolutely loving this book to bits as well. Maybe not five cupakes, but a definite “almost” five! If you’re looking for something bloody, with some gore, some spooky vibes, a lot of intrigues and.. well.. a slow-burn romance, you should definitely take a look at these books because they are so worth it!
Have you read books in the Stalking Jack the Ripper-series?
What did you think of them?
What are some similar books you’d recommend?