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Capturing the Devil Lib/E (The Stalking Jack the Ripper Series Lib/E, 4) Audio CD – Unabridged, September 10, 2019
"Maniscalco has created a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist in Audrey Rose."-- "Publishers Weekly, praise for the series"
About the Author
Nicola Barber, is an Audie Award and Earphones Award-winning narrator whose voice can be heard in television and radio commercials and popular video games such as World of Warcraft. She is also an Audie finalist in the prestigious category of solo female narrationfor her work on Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen and Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. She has performed on the stage in New York City and at a number of top regional theaters in the United States. Her film and television roles include The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johansson, and Law & Order's 2009 season premiere. Originally from England, she currently resides in New York, a multicultural background that enables her to bring a broad range of accents and characterizations to her role as a full-time voice-over actor.
- Publisher : Jimmy Patterson; Unabridged edition (September 10, 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1549100254
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549100253
- Reading age : 15 - 17 years
- Grade level : 10 and up
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 1.2 x 6.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,310,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There was so much to love in this book! Audrey and Thomas are getting closer to spending their lives together, though it won't be an easy road by any means! We're still dealing with Audrey's grief and guilt, and Thomas' worry that Audrey will change her mind. It's odd seeing him so vulnerable, but it's really good (there was actually a novella that gave us more of an insight into Thomas' mind in the timeline right before this book called Becoming the Dark Prince).
While there were bits where the characters tended to be a bit.... over dramatic, let's say... it did remind me of one of those Gothic novels that would have been popular in this time frame and it stayed in keeping with the other books of the series. The premise here, finding out that Jack had a partner that may have made it to America, was really interesting and I loved watching Audrey work through her feelings about her brother. The characters are charming, and the writing has a great flow to it. This was a fantastic quick read, with the added bonus of some great pictures inserted.
What really interested me, though, was the historical significance of the villian (that's all I am going to say here.... sorry, I do try to keep spoilers to a minimum). I am actually going to be looking for books on this person, as I am really intrigued. For me, this was the perfect way to wrap up the series. Five stars all the way!
On the adult content scale, there's a lot of violence, language, and some sexual content. Nothing too over the top... but I would still say older teens- sixteen and up. Let's give it a five.
When we last left our heroes, Audrey Rose and Thomas along with her uncle and cousin had arrived in America after their frightful trip aboard the RMS Etruria. Though it would seem their frights are far from over. As was hinted at in its finale, there was a second killer aboard the ship and he was now in America roaming free. While Audrey Rose and Thomas were hoping to make plans for an engagement announcement, instead they are learning about bodies dropping around the city and trying to solve the mystery of why and how...and who.
While I do looooove the relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas and have enjoyed every moment of watching it grow and develop...I was a little upset over how loooong this first part spent on further development. They were planning an engagement then a quick wedding...only to have a catastrophe strike at the ceremony and you know, put a barrier between them once more. Said barrier seemed to take up a great deal of the remaining half of "part one" in the story. The thing that came between Audrey Rose and Thomas' happiness was a burden of course, and it threatened to tear them apart. But at the same time...I couldn't help but want to get back to the mystery at hand.
Luckily, around the 200+ page mark we get back to mystery solving by landing in Chicago! As the cover foretells, the mystery draws them into Chicago during the World's Fair. Though getting the mystery fired up again does take a bit of time, but the fact that they were led to Chicago because of a string of missing women does give them cause to be there.
I'm not certain it was clear what historical character will take precedence in this story, so I won't reveal who it was in this review either as it came as a surprise to me as I'm not good at remembering history! Plus, I don't think this "subject" was touched in my history classes, because I am sure I would've paid more attention had it been brought up! Lol. But when it finally became more clear about who the historical who was, I instantly remembered a show that touched upon it and was seeing the similarities!
The whodunit here was pretty scary too! What's even more terrifying about these stories is that whodunit killer was really real! These are the monsters the other monsters were based on!
What I loved even more was how the events of the first book get tied back around to the present story. I distantly recall a few lingering questions about that mystery and the whys behind the killer's motives and such. Well, here are those answers! It presents an even more astonishing theory behind the TRUE history of these events that transpired in both books! It's truly mind-boggling!
One of the other things that I loved about this entire series were the characters, mostly Audrey Rose and Thomas! I mean, if you can't enjoy Thomas's quips and humor and Audrey Rose's reactions and comebacks, then you might not be reading the right story for you. Their banter was something that always left me in stitches! And that the switch can easily be flipped from bantering to flirting to acting romantically was a transition that felt so natural and toe-curling. I positively adored these two! And as a side note, I adore Audrey Rose's grandmother that we briefly get to meet in the latter half of "part one." She was a spitfire of an old lady and I loved her for it too!
Of course, as most series finales go, this one ends in a way that leaves readers happy. All is as it should be in a series finale. We know where our characters are at and we can imagine the adventures they will have long after we turn that last page. That is honestly the way all series should end! Kerri Maniscalco pretty much made her way onto my favorite author list after Stalking Jack the Ripper, but she's pretty much cemented herself there with every book she's written since then! I am so looking forward to her next book later this year! This is definitely an author to read if you enjoy a good historical fiction mystery!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
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Depois de ler a série inteira, cheguei à conclusão de que o maior problema dela é a escrita da Kerri Maniscalco. Ela conseguiu adaptar a linguagem para encaixar na época de um jeito bacana, mas não sabe descrever tão claramente as cenas e o monólogo interno dos personagens-narradores não é muito bom. A Audrey repete muita coisa, muita informação óbvia e muita afirmação sobre si mesma e sua vida que tornaram a narrativa bem irritante.
Eu gostei deste livro, mas também já tinha me acostumado com o estilo da autora e não esperava algo melhor. Também acho essa série bem única, o que me fez gostar dela desde o começo e ajudou a me fazer gostar deste também. Ainda assim, eu já sabia qual seria o foco (vilão) do livro, então esperar metade do livro só para eles começarem a pensar em Chicago foi um pouco chato.
Teve outra coisa que foi extremamente previsível e que, em vez de me surpreender, me deixou menos interessada na história. É parte do desenvolvimento do romance, mas é tudo que vou falar.
Minha nota foi mais pelo final. Apesar de não ter criado todo o terror que eu esperava de um vilão como esse, gostei de como a autora resolveu a história e da Audrey Rose nesse livro. Ainda assim, bem que poderia ter bem mais cenas de investigação e autópsia. Foi por isso que eu mais quis ler a história, afinal.
Meu livro favorito da série foi o segundo, depois o primeiro, este e o terceiro. Ainda recomendo a série, ainda que não seja excelente ou tão bem feita quanto poderia ter sido. Já sei que vou ler o próximo livro da autora, que eu espero que tenha evoluído desde este.
Mit dem Schreibstil schafft Kerri Maniscalco es tatsächlich auch hier wieder zu überzeugen. Sie zieht einen in die Geschichte und schafft es, dass man merkt wie es den Charakteren geht und mit ihnen mitfiebert.
Was ich spannend fand war, dass wir uns mordtechnisch wieder dem Anfang widmen. Nur mit dem Unterschied, dass wir uns in New York befinden und nicht in London. Doch wie kann es sein, dass die Morde wieder denen von Jack the Ripper ähneln? Der ist doch eigentlich tot.....oder doch nicht? Wie immer gilt es dem Täter auf die Spur zu kommen und das schnellstmöglich, um weitere Tote zu verhindern. Doch wer wird das letzte Opfer des Rippers sein?
Neben den Morden nähern sich Audrey und Thomas, aber auch noch weiteren ernsteren Themen. Zum Beispiel ihrem gemeinsamen Leben. Doch scheint eine Ehe mit Thomas hon einem Moment auf den nächsten aussichtslos. Ich war fassungslos und wollte heulen. Wie Audrey. Denn diese will, weder den Ruf ihrer oder den von Thomas Familie aufs Spiel setzen. Also zieht sie sich schweren Herzens zurück. Audrey tat mir so wahnsinnig leid. Aber auch an Tjlmas geht das Ganze nicht spurlos vorbei. Er wirkt so verletzlich, aber das macht ihn so wahnsinnig sympathisch und menschlich. Er ist ja sonst eher der abgebrühte Typ. Ob die beiden nich ein Happy End bekommen, müsst ihr selbst herausfinden.
Mit den Charakteren hat die Autorin wieder Alles richtig gemacht. Audrey und Thomas sind menschlicher und verletzlicher denn je. Einfach authentisch, liebenswert und zum Vermissen lieb gewonnen. Die beiden werden mir wirklich fehlen. Ich habe mit ihnen gelacht, geweint, mitgelitten und war auf interessanter Spurensuche. Danke für 4 tolle Bücher in denen die Charaktere nie geschwächelt haben.
Für mich ein perfekter Abschluss für diese Reihe. Sowie in den Vorgängerbänden glänzen die Charaktere und die Handlung, durch Glaubwürdigkeit und Spannung. Ich wünsche mir wirklich, dass sich ein deutscher Verlag darum bemüht und diese Bücher hier auf den Markt bringt. Am Besten auch mit den illustrierten Inhalten, denn diese gehören einfach mit dazu. Ich hoffe, in Zukunft noch mehr von dieser Autorin lesen zu können, denn das sie schreiben kann, hat sie bewiesen.
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Amount of Pages: 448
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Romance, Mystery
Favorite Quote: “The world needed to be better. And if it wasn’t possible for it to be better, we, its inhabitants, needed to do better.”
Date Read: 10-09-2019
I started this book at midnight, the second it hit my kindle. This was honestly one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I planned to read just a few chapters before going to bed but then that plot twist hit and I had to keep on reading. I finished at 4am in the morning.
The book was really good! Now I'm a bit sad that it's over though.
What is this book about:
The book starts off where the last one ended. Audrey-Rose and Thomas just arrived in America and discovered they, well not they personally but the ship they where on, delivered America it's own Jack the Ripper.
Things seem to be progressing well between Audrey Rose and Thomas. They are back on track after their hick up in book 3, but not everyone seems to be on board with their love. Someone is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they don't get married.
With a race against the clock Audrey Rose and Thomas are trying to catch the Devil before he kills again and before everything they worked for, everything they wanted gets ripped away from them.
What did I love about this book:
I love Audrey Rose and Thomas's relationship. They are for sure one of my OTP. I love their growth and how they worked together.
My heart stopped at their wedding. For those of you who read the book, you'll know why. I honestly sped read through the rest of the book because I had to know how things would work out. How they could possibly fix the damage.
I hated Thomas's father so so so much. I can't phantom why he would do that to his on child, to his own children. By the end I was still so mad at him, and I couldn't grasp why Audrey Rose and Thomas let him be at their wedding in the end. Like my god, I would have tossed his sorry ass off a cliff and call it an accident.
Overall it was a great conclusion to the series. The series took a twist I didn't expect when I read the first book. Everything came together so well.
Kerri has raw skill and talent, it's amazing that this is her first series. I can't wait to see what else she can come up with.
5 amazing stars