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Capturing the Devil

Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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In the shocking finale to the best-selling 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. 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 encountered 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?

©2019 Kerri Maniscalco (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Wow!

Wow!
What a fantastic book. It kept me on the edge of my seat, brought tears to my eyes and kept me wanting for more. I couldn’t get enough of this book, just when I thought it would go one way, it went another. It tied up all ends nicely and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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A Decently Satisfying Conclusion

I’ll admit, was a bit nervous going into this book given that I didn’t particularly like book 3. After reading it, I’m happy to report that I was not disappointed!
This was a great conclusion to the series and offered everything I loved about the previous books.
The plot was exciting and engaging, I did figure out the twist a little before it was revealed, but to be honest I felt pretty satisfied about that rather than disappointed.
I love Audrey and Thomas’ relationship so much, their banter is fantastic and I love the support and acceptance they offer each other. The side characters were less prevalent in this book than the others, but I did still like the time we got with Thomas’ and Audrey’s families.
This book wasn’t without its faults, there were a few plotlines that seemed to be dropped for most of the book and Audrey’s internal monologues are prone to melodrama. However, I was having too much fun with the rest of the story to really care about these flaws.
The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the characters and atmosphere to life.
Overall, except book 3, this was a really fun, addictive series and I really enjoyed reading them.

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  • Cheekyreviews
  • 10-12-2019

Season 8 of Game of Thrones

I have been a huge fan of this series since Stalking Jack the Ripper and was too excited to finish the last installment. Keri's other three books were full of murder, science, and romance. All of my favorite things! They were the perfect blend that left me satisfied and excited for the next book, the final book was a rich dessert after a perfect three-course meal.

Like a super-rich dessert, I could only stomach a little bit at a time...Thomas and Audry Rose got a lot of passionate screen time which, in my opinion, took over the story. I felt that the added elements of Thomas's father ruining their first wedding was interesting at first but didn't amount to anything in the end...it didn't impact the "capturing of the devil" aspect of this story. I actually felt that too much of this book was dedicated to Thomas and Audry's relationship and not enough on the mystery.

The "clues" they found were so obscure and random that I was lost...Audry and Thomas seemed lost too as their clues were pointed out by other people most of the time. There was a lack of bodies, compared to the other installments, and the H.H Holmes hotel and Worlds Fair were vastly underwritten. I was very disappointed as I was soooo excited to see them use his gruesome history to make this book really pop. I didn't like how his character was written and his motives, while in life were never truly known, went way beyond the fixation of just one person. The confrontation was brief and felt anti-climactic.

I loved the first two hours and the last hour of the book...the rest, to me was slow and had a misguided focus, compared to the others. I was a bit disappointed with this ending, Not Game of Thrones season 8 disappointed but kind of close. Still, I love Kerri's writing and look forward to more of her work. Nicola Barber was also amazing, as always.

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  • ChelseyF
  • 15-09-2019

Disappointed

I had eagerly finished the other books in the series, eagerly awaiting the endings. I had this book pre-ordered, and was so excited I had the physical copy and had to download the audible version. This was more of a drama. It was hard for me to get through the book, and I had hoped it would get better. I had a few good parts, but was hard to read. I’ll be returning the audible version for this one.

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  • Jana Morimoto
  • 12-09-2019

Love! I need more.

I absolutely loved this book. It was such a wonderful conclusion to the series although I think she could totally continue it as an adult series and I would definitely read that! I loved the way the author twisted the series and gave you a few wait what (!) moments. I loved how she allowed Audrey to really shine in this story while continuing the romance of the couple and not letting either overshadow the other.
The narrator as always did a wonderful job and really drew me into the characters and storyline. I am sad to see the end to this book but can’t wait to see what the author writes next!

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  • Bertha Carranza
  • 12-03-2020

I love the whole Series~!

I loved the wholw series. All four books are amazing~! There were some parts that got to me, some amazing, some good, some dramatic and some bad (in a good/great way). So many emotions I felt hearing the stories in each book, all the twists and turns, the details in each sentence. Though I wish there could have beem a bit more detail but other then that, I loved the series. I am super sat it had to end but I am happy I will have the audiobooks with me for how ever I will live. I absolutely love this series and happy to have it in my collection.

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  • Denise Bacher
  • 08-03-2020

Satisfying end to the series

Overall I really liked the book. I love the relationship between Thomas and Audrey Rose. Their exchanges are the greatest.

I was however not happy with the “big bad” in this book. I saw it coming halfway into the book and was disappointed at how she linked book 1 and 4. Big stretch and not done well in my opinion.

I’ll probably go back and read the whole series over again, and maybe this one will get a better rating then.

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  • tkgarmyn
  • 02-03-2020

Loved this series

I know you say this is the last book of the series but would love it if more comes!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-2020

Good, but not perfect

I really liked this book but a lot of the information was irrelevant to the overall plot of the story. Like, how Audrey Rose and Thomas’ first wedding was. I mean it was written well but didn’t contribute to the murder part. Also unlike in the other stories, the murderer here was barely a secondary character and had little to be more of. It didn’t come with that surprise “aha!” moment that the others did. It would’ve been more interesting if we actually knew something about the murderer and he had been a friend or acquaintance. I hope Kerri Manascalco can write another novel explaining why the murderer thinks he was “born evil”. Still, i liked how strong and powerful Audrey Rose was despite her broken leg and the wonderful relationship of “Cressworth”. Also am the only one who is sad that Mephistopheles left? Anyways, this could’ve been better but it’s still good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-2020

More about the love story

I enjoyed this book. It seems a lot of people have an issue that this book was much more about the relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas. I personally didn’t mind it but if your interest in the murders and detective aspect than you might be a little disappointed.

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  • Ashlee E.
  • 03-02-2020

Better than the last

This one was better than the third but I still just found it ok. I didnt hate the ending but I did wish the Devil was someone we already knew. The romance was eh in this one as well although I appreciate how they stuck together.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 02-02-2020

WHYYYYY

Audrey Rose is in America. She's planning for Thomas' birthday and anticipating her father and aunt coming so that they can get her father's blessing to marry. In the midst of the chaos and planning, women start getting murdered and it would seem that everything Audrey Rose thought she knew was wrong. Only her brother's journals can help her find the answers she needs to take the devil down once and for all.

Why does this series have to be over? I don't want it to be. I want to read about Wadsworth and Cresswell for years and years! I want to know all about their future! I'm so not good with endings! I really did enjoy this series. I've been curious about them for ages. I didn't think I'd ever muster up the courage to actually get around to reading them. I'm glad I did. I was convinced I'd say that it wasn't up to the hype. I can't. It actually is more than the hype.

I fell in love with Wadsworth and Cresswell. They have to be some of my favorite characters of all time. However, there are quite a few amazing characters in this series. We have Audrey Rose's cousin, Liza. Then there is the wonderful duo, Daciana, Thomas' sister, and Ileana. The uncle is a pretty powerful character, but the consistency of his behavior is a little weird.

This book was narrated by Nicola Barber. I wound up listening to the audiobook due to some time issues. The narrator was fantastic. I wound up buying the rest of the series that I can go back and listen to them all one day. I'm not sure how to describe the voice acting without sounding a bit cliche. I fully recommend everybody give the narrator a chance. I'll be listening to other books by this narrator in the future.

I'm really sad to be done with this series. It's going to be hard to say goodbye to these characters. I'll probably go back and reread the series again in the future. By probably, I mean I definitely will. Probably more than once. Like I've said, I was curious about this series for a long time. I was afraid to give it a try. I'm glad I finally broke down and did!

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  • Katlyr
  • 15-10-2019

Amazing narrator!!

I love this narrator. She is absolutely amazing! Such diverse voices in all the books.