{Review} Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

September 15, 2018 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★★★

{Review} Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

{Review} Escaping from Houdini by Kerri ManiscalcoEscaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Pages: 416
Published by Jimmy Patterson on September 18, 2018
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Thrillers & Suspense, dark
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher

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?

Also in this series: Stalking Jack the Ripper
YA Review My Thoughts

Man, oh man do I love the Stalking Jack The Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. Every single book is interesting on its’ own, but together this is a world and characters that I simply cannot get enough of. They are the type of books that has you excited from the very first page until long after you have finished the last page. Escaping from Houdini is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and this is a series that I would recommend reading in order. They follow the same set of characters on a series of different cases. The first book involved the Ripper Murders, the second book dealt with Prince Dracula and now we are in Houdini’s midst, and I have to say I am a huge fan of Kerri Maniscalco’s writing and her world building/story telling ability.

I love our main character, Audrey Rose. She is a strong young lady, and I could totally relate to some of her eccentricities. In this book we get to see some of the more complicated and nuanced layers of Audrey’s personality. Though I didn’t enjoy all of the individual decisions she made, I can appreciate the young woman that she is.  I really enjoyed her character as well as Thomas. And I still loved the two of them in Escaping from Houdini but I really loved the whole carnival theme and I especially loved that this book took place on a ship. It added to the mystery knowing that every suspect was on board the ship the whole time. I have to admit that I thought Houdini would play a bit of a larger role in the overall story, but the carnival was so interesting in and of itself that I didn’t notice how little we saw of Houdini until I was practically done reading the book. I was that into the storyline.

If you are a fan of murder mysteries with wonderful writing and really interesting, compelling characters, the Escaping from Houdini and the Stalking Jack the Ripper series as a whole is one you do not want to miss out on. I have loved every single book, and I am already ready for more. Kerri Maniscalco really is a master story teller. I already know I will be reading anything she decides to write in the future. She has a fan in me.

Please note: I read an ARC version of the book and some of the plot details may have been changed in the final version.


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About James Patterson

In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can’t Miss,” and he is a two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers.

In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list.

One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show “The Simpsons” in March, 2007.

About Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

One Response to “{Review} Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco”

  1. Jen

    I really need to discover this series! It sounds beyond amazing and each book looks even more fascinating than the last! I’m so glad you enjoyed this and here’s hoping you love the next book she releases just as much! 🙂

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