CAPTURING THE DEVIL by Kerri Maniscalco is a thrilling conclusion that combines all that is thoughtful of the first three along with twists and turns you won’t see coming. This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS.
I graciously obtained this ARC from Jimmy Patterson Books and Little, Brown and Co. who kindly sent it to me for an honest review. Here is the summary and shortened review.
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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Why I was interested: I have been #BingeingtheRipperSeries since I was contacted to receive a finished copy of CAPTURING THE DEVIL since July and I’ve had a fun and fantastic time reading a series from beginning to end, back-to-back. As a history nerd who loves a good mystery, I was thrilled when Little, Brown and Co and Jimmy Patterson Books reached out to me with the offer.
Judge a book by it’s cover: This cover harkens to the series development with Wadsworth taking a stand to acknowledge who she is and what she wants in life. The gold cover is truly beautiful with daring gold details.
What to expect: If you loved RIPPER, DRACULA, HOUDINI, and DARK PRINCE, DEVIL takes all of the fantastic concepts of the first three-and-a-half stories and brings them all together for an on-the-edge-of-your-seat ride through New York City and Chicago.
Why you should pick this book up: This book is a truly thrilling conclusion that answers questions we’ve been harboring for so long: will Wadsworth and Cresswell finally get married? Who is the White City Devil and what does he truly want? And will Wadsworth’s past truly continue to haunt her? All of these and more are answered wonderfully in CAPTURING THE DEVIL.
Want more?: This book will be published on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and my full review with spoilers will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Today, Sept. 9, is the last day to sign up for the pre-order campaign which you do not want to miss! The pre-order book features an alternative gold-accented cover and you will receive an art piece by Gabriella Bujdosó featuring Wadsworth and Cresswell. Lastly, to prepare for the finale, feel free to review #MGR’s spoiler reviews of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA and ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI, and Maniscalco’s novella, BECOMING THE DARK PRINCE.
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