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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Capturing the Devil REVIEW

Capturing The Devil 

Title: Capturing the Devil
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Release Date: September 10th 2019
Print Length: 453 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult mystery

Edition:  audiobook


BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

Reason for Reading – I read the first 3 book in this series with my daugther. I borrowed a copy of this novel from the library via Overdrive app. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.  



Synopsis:

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer---or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

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?


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Awesomeness Factor: 3 / ★★★★★



Main Characters

  • Audrey Rose- injured after Escaping Houdini walks with a cane
  • Thomas Cresswell- fights for independence from his father

Characters: 3 / ★★★★★

Normally I absolutely adore Wadsworth/Cresswell but I just wasn't a fan in this book. I do like them turning into a Sherlock Holmes duo though.

Plot

Audrey Rose and Thomas are getting married! Over half of the pages are filled with the pair either wanting to touch each other, thinking about sex, or feeling each other up. That is seriously HALF  the plot. 

The other part is a copy-cat serial killer taunting the group which forces Audrey to re-examine everything she knew when she was stalking Jack the Ripper. The serial killer moved on to Chicago praying on women that were visiting, unchaperoned, or otherwise vulnerable. True to her nature, Audrey has to stick up for women but lands in the cross hairs for her effort.

Plot and Themes: 3 / ★★★★★

The plot would have been better if it stuck to the mystery/forensic science the other books are known for.

Setting

Victorian era America in New York and Chicago. Things are a little different in the US then they were in London. Its more progressive. Women don't need companions and can find work outside the homes. The World Fair was going on in Chicago and people were experiencing the amazing display of electricity. 

Setting: 5 / ★★★★★





Theme

In this book Audrey is having nightmares and an elusive devil is haunting her dreams. The title is a great blurb about Audrey's internal struggle as well as finding an actual horrific villain: the White City Devil.

What did I like about the book?

I've been drawn to Audrey's dark side from the beginning. In this final book Audrey has to confront her motivation behind her love for forensic science. Deep down, is she a monster like the killers in the cases she works?

I love Thomas Cresswell. Its a well known fact in my house that he is my book boyfriend. His speech that he gives Audrey Rose is beautiful and I'm extremely sad I didn't have an equally amazing moment while my husband said his vows to the judge.

Beyond life, beyond death, my love for thee is eternal.

The author did a great job wrapping up things from the previous novels and bringing everything together. Adventures from Jack the Ripper, Dracula, and Houdini were referenced in a great way.



What did I not like about the book?

I just wanted to mention I thought Audrey Rose + Thomas = OTP (one true pairing) for YEARS. I loved their innocent slow burn love so much. This book was the OPPOSITE of innocent. Ugh. It was ALL lust and sex! I rolled my eyes and cringed so many times. Why did it have to change? Why couldn't they not explore each other's bodies until AFTER marriage? Just NO, I'm so disappointed.

Thomas didn't really play much of a role in this book besides rich/titled boyfriend. His normal brilliance felt dimmed and over-shadowed by mushy crap. Does giving Audrey choices really mean he can't be a man or have a back bone?

Speaking of rich/titled- must be nice when EVERYONE in your life is so influential you can get away with whatever you want. Thomas' dad is a duke, rubs elbows with the Queen. Also, he's a descendent of Dracula which is cool. His family has tons of money and houses and he can spend his life in leisure. Audrey's grandmother is some kind of royalty also who apparently trumps Thomas' dad. It was a pissing contest on which side is better off. Why couldn't they just be normal people and solve the mystery with their brains like before? 

Date Started/Finished : October 14th-16th 2019

Writing: 4/★★★★★
Story – 2 / ★★★★★- I thought this was a mystery but its really a smut book
Romance – 3 / ★★★★★ - its so back and forth and really just teenage lust
Angst – 2 / ★★★★★- Thomas was over Audrey cheating with minimal effort and Audrey didn't seem to really care Thomas had another fiancĂ© because- sex.
Content Flow – 5 / ★★★★★- I loved the details all coming together from the other books




Recommend? no

Recommend To – if you are the kind of person that wants to finish what you start- go ahead
Would you encourage others to read this book? NO. I like the mystery of not knowing after Escaping Houdini much better than knowing after Capturing the Devil
Would Read More from Author? Definitely

Overall Rating: 3.5/★★★★★

based off Goodreads' ratings: 2 stars – it was OK. Not really impressed. I probably finished reading the book (wishing I hadn't). I was hoping for more or wanting something different.







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