Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Disclaimer: I bought this book on my own (as a way to meet the author!). All opinions are my own.

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

Genre: YA Suspense/Thriller

Recommended Age: 15+ (gore, death, murder, assault, ship sailing, and blackmail)

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Pages: 434

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Synopsis: 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?

Review: I really liked the return to Audrey Rose and Thomas. I thought that the pacing was great and the plot was interesting. I feel that the writing was really well done as well and the setting and world building was well done!
However, I feel like Audrey Rose had took a step back as a character and the development we had in book 2 was gone. Audrey’s character was kind of a 180 from what we saw in book 1 and 2 and I absolutely hated her line of thinking and how she treated Thomas. I feel enraged that her *spoiler* was just swept aside and not a big deal for Thomas and how they just made up in the end. We didn’t get a lot of Thomas in this book and I feel that the books strong points come from them being together. They have a unique dynamic and without it the book doesn’t feel right.

Verdict: A decent book, but it’s just a pit stop on the way to book 4!

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