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?
*Synopsis from Goodreads.
Alrighty! Second review here we go! Now, for anyone who isn't aware, or just skimmed over the summary, Capturing the Devil is the 4th and final installment of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. The series started off decent enough. The characters were likable and the story idea was interesting. However...it isn't the greatest series, that's for sure. The 3rd book itself was just...bad, so I was already nervous going into the 4th one. Capturing the Devil was not nearly as bad or frustrating as the one before it, but it was still a bit annoying in parts. For one, the main character likes to repeat herself, and certain words or catchphrases just get old after reading/hearing them a thousand times. And second, this whole series is supposed to be mystery and romance, right? Well the finale just felt more romance than anything.
Ok hear me out, I love a good romance, I really do. And I do enjoy solving puzzles along with the protagonist and seeing how quickly I can catch on. So mesh them together and bam! Greatness right? Not in this one. It starts off strong with a new villian appearing and a massive case to solve that would be a good send-off for the series. What annoyed me the most was the fact that half the book (the beginning half) practically forgets that they are solving a mystery because the love interests are so focused on themselves. A wrench gets thrown in, and poof! They remember there are people DYING while they focus on their love life, and the other half of the book is them solving it. The worst part? The big reveal that caused a hiccup in the romance? Yeah it meant nothing, easily solved and not worth all the trouble they went through.
The main protagonist is supposed to be a big supporter of women's rights, proving that women can do a man's job just as well. Great idea, and I like books like that, but Audrey Rose (protagonist) just didn't feel all that badass to me, no matter how many times she told people (and herself) how different she was in a world of suppressed women. I didn't dislike Audrey Rose, but I didn't like her either, if that makes sense. And her love, Thomas, was almost too over the top for me at times (he had a wonderful sense of humor though, and that made things slightly better).
All in all, I only rate this a 3 out of 5 stars. Not bad, not great. One of those I can check off my reading list.