Title: Escaping from Houdini
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3
Pages: 437 pages
My Rating: 5 stars
In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?
When I write reviews I always try to make them spoiler free but every once in a while I will read a book that I can’t help but talk about the spoilers because there’s no way to talk about certain aspects of the book without spoiling it so todays review is full of spoilers.
Ok so now that you have been warned lets get to the review. I was so excited for this book because I love this series so much and I am complete trash for the romance. While I was waiting to read this book I read a few reviews that I knew weren’t going to spoil me and while most of them were praising it I did come across some that wasn’t happy about some things that happened in the book which in turn made me a little apprehensive to read it because I knew what my feelings were going to be on it. After reading it I understand why those people were upset.
Let me just say that I absolutely loved this book. Kerri does an amazing job with giving you just enough details and descriptions that it doesn’t feel like to much and it sucks you into the story. When you have a book about solving a crime obviously everyone is a suspect at first but in this book I wasn’t able to narrow it down enough to have a solid guess at who the killer was which I loved. Was the killer on my list at some point of course but I never was like oh yeah it could definitely be them.
Here’s where it starts getting spoilery. There is somewhat of a love triangle in this book. Y’all know I have no issues with love triangles because I pretty much love all things romance however, Maniscalco has been building on this romance since book 1 and now in book 3 she decides to add in another love interest? NO, JUST NO!! Audrey Rose and Thomas are like my OTP and to all of a sudden throw in someone else lets just say I wasn’t happy.
There were times when I was so mad at Audrey Rose for the decisions she was making and my heart broke for Thomas so many times. There was one scene when I read it I said aww no poor Thomas out loud, again my husband probably thinks I am crazy lol. I wanted to smack her for what she put him through.
Luckily at the end she comes to her senses. While I was happy with how things ended I think Thomas deserved an explanation about everything that happened between her and the other guy. Her cousin told her that she needed to tell Thomas exactly how she felt but in the end it was Thomas laying his heart out. I think she needs to woman up and tell him exactly how she feels about him.
Ok so this review ended up being all about the romance side of the story sorry guys but I had some strong feelings about it. All of that being said no matter how much I hated these particular aspects of the story it still made for an amazing story and I cant help but to still give it all the stars.