Capturing the Devil is the fourth book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. This review will be spoiler-free.
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? (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Thrilling and Twisted. A series finale that will make your heart pound.
This is probably one of the best series finales I have ever read. I tore through this series and was really disappointed when it was time to pick this one up. I did not want the story to end. I loved all three of the previous novels and the novella that happened immediately before this one.
And this one thankfully did not disappoint.
It was very different from the first three books, but I honestly loved it. The murder investigation was still extremely important in this novel, but it took a back seat to the romance in this book.
Audrey Rose and Thomas are one of the cutest couples I’ve ever read about. They are both so unique. They do not fit in the time period where they live, but they fit together. They are an amazing team and they would do anything for the other one. I loved getting to spend more time watching them as a couple in this book.
BUT THE MYSTERY!
The mystery in this book was so thrilling to read. I had no idea where it was going at the beginning, but I did end up guessing the murder in this one. There was a little lead up to it in the third book, which I liked. I was excited when I found out that I was correct about which killer they were going to be hunting.
I was slightly disappointed by that because I hadn’t guessed any of the other murders in this series, but it didn’t bother me too much. I liked who the murderer was. I only wish we had spent a little bit more time with him. I wanted to know more about his motivations and methods.
We got to see both New York and Chicago in this book. It was Audrey Rose’s first time in the States and I liked to see her fascination with how different the culture was. This setting was perfect for the final book of this series.
There were so many side characters in this book. Maniscalco always did a good job of creating well-rounded side characters. While the new characters were not as well-rounded as I was used to, they didn’t need to be. Plus, we got to see so many characters from previous books. I loved getting all the characters into one book like this.
I loved this book so much. It isn’t my favorite in the series but it was the perfect conclusion. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend this series to EVERYONE!
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