“Perhaps some monsters were immortal after all.”
Rating: 1/5 stars
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?
*Please read at your own risk if you have not read the prior books in the series.
There will also be MINOR spoilers for this book as well.
The best way I can sum up my reading experience for Capturing the Devil is like when you have really good food at home that you’re looking forward to eating all day, only to find out someone else already ate it once you get home. UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT. If you’ve followed my reviews on this series, you already know I have a love/hate relationship with these books. Book one was okay, I loved book two, book three was trash, and the Thomas novella was mediocre at best. So, I was really hoping that Capturing the Devil was going to redeem the third book for me, I can’t say I ever really thought it would turn out to be an even worse read for me.
What went wrong?
Besides everything…let’s start out with the romance that overshadowed the entire premise of this series. It took me awhile to jump aboard the Cresswell train (midway through book two), but once I understood the hype I was here for Audrey Rose and Thomas being together. I liked that they challenged one another, respected one another, and worked together as the perfect slicing and dicing dead bodies duo. Don’t get me wrong, they still are but you have to sit through pages, and pages, AND PAGES of how much they love each other and can’t live without one another and need each other more than the air in their lungs. At that point they damn near took all the air out of my lungs because their mushy monologues felt so suffocating. Like please, just jump each others bones and bring me the blood and guts I signed up for.
Speaking of blood and guts, let’s move on to the next issue. In the first two books, Audrey Rose and Thomas are heavy into their studies which meant we got to see way more of them examining dead bodies and that is what I loved so much about this series. As someone who worked in medicine and has a full understanding and liking of anatomy I LIVED for this aspect of the story, and if I’m being honest that’s why I stuck it out for so long. Over fifty percent of this story has nothing to do with the mysteries about the recent missing girls and instead it’s Audrey Rose and Thomas trying to save their engagement. See what I mean about the romance overshadowing the story? We see two, maybe three dead bodies throughout this and the rest is just minimal details about the girls gone missing. I just wanted and expected so much more since this was the conclusion to the series, give me one last bloody hoorah, please.
Next, is the Jack the Ripper issue. Capturing the Devil comes full circle with Stalking Jack the Ripper by bringing back the serial killer as a two man band with a murderer still out on the loose. At first, I was on board with the idea and excited to see where the story would take us. However, as the story progressed and I realized this was basically just becoming a redemption arc for Audrey’s brother I hated it. Even though I was able to figure out that Audrey’s brother, Nathaniel, was the “killer” in the first book I still really liked the plot twist to the story that some of the worst monsters can live right under our noses. But now that the story got changed in a way that makes it totally acceptable for Audrey to forgive him I am so over it.
Last but not least, who the actual Jack the Ripper is was without a doubt the most unsatisfying person ever. It was extremely obvious who he was going to be early on into the story, but the significance of it was dismal at best. It could have been so much better. I hated how the ending was so rushed with catching the killer and even with Audrey Rose and Thomas’ resolution to their relationship. Which is shocking considering how much I just complained about it three paragraphs above this, right? But you mean to tell me I really had to sit through 50% of this book just for their issues to be resolved in less than a page? NO THANKS.
All in all, I’m definitely glad this is the end for Audrey Rose and Thomas, I’m not even the least bit sad to see them go. Don’t get me wrong though, I will definitely be checking out the author’s new series when it comes out because if it’s dark, twisty and anything like Hunting Prince Dracula then we’re in the clear, but otherwise this just was not for me.