This is a book 4, so there are spoilers for the first three books in the synopsis and my review.
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
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?
I have both been looking forward to and dreading this book. This is one of my all time favorite books series and I’m so sad to see it end. I misted up a bit reading the author’s note at the end. It made it feel so final.
I am going to be very careful with how much I write for this review so I don’t spoil it for anyone. When we left Escaping From Houdini, Audrey Rose, Thomas, Uncle, and Liza were in New York and they are still there when this book starts. I was actually surprised by how much of this book takes place there. Thomas and Audrey Rose are still having their flirty relationship which is getting more serious. We know that Thomas requested Audrey Rose’s father’s permission to court/betroth her. Her father and aunt are on their way to NY for Thomas to formally ask in person.
While in New York, bodies are found that appear to be similar to the Ripper case. Audrey Rose and Thomas assume there is a new killer, the one that came on the boat with them. They start investigating while also reading Nathaniel’s journals. I can’t say much more except that there are some twists. And things don’t go as planned for Thomas and Audrey Rose (do they ever).
The NY Ripper disappears, but Thomas and Audrey Rose don’t believe he was caught. In fact, they follow some clues to Chicago. There are a lot of missing girls, but not bodies to examine. They start investigating and find a connection to one area. We all know that this is the HH Holmes Murder Castle story, so I’m not giving anything away with that. He was the White City Devil and killed many women using so many different things in the hotel he built. I had been waiting for this story. Because I live about 70 miles from Chicago, I was familiar with HH Holmes and the massive fair that drew so many people to it. This created the perfect hunting ground for Holmes. There were so many tourists and immigrants. And in Chicago, women could walk around without an escort.
The biggest focus on the book was actually on Thomas and Audrey Rose’s relationship. I have so many Thomas quotes flagged since you all know how much I love him (he really does remind me of my husband). I do wish there was a bit more of the HH Holmes murders, but the parts with it were very intense. Make sure you read the author’s note to see what was changed and also a bit about why HH Holmes was thought to be Jack the Ripper.
Overall, I was so happy with the book and I’m good with how it ended. Just sad, but I will revisit this series again later. I was thrilled to see multiple people back from past books. It was such a nice touch. There were so many great side characters in this series.
I gave this book 5 stars.
Warnings for death, dissection/forensics, torture, mental abuse by a parent, and some sexy scenes.
Have you read Capturing the Devil? Have you started this series?