TW: Blood, Gore
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine… and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life? (Goodreads, 2017).
Things I Enjoyed: This was a great continuation of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. In this book, Kerri Maniscalco does a great job of portraying some of the symptoms of PTSD, which Audrey Rose is clearly experiencing and the lengthy process of overcoming it.
Though a bit anachronistic, I loved Audrey Rose’s feminism. She works to push her way into what seems to be a man’s world and makes no apologizes for it. And she refuses to be treated as an inferior simply based on her sex.
I continued to enjoy the growing love between Thomas Cresswell and Audrey Rose. I loved how Kerri Maniscalco portrayed some of the tensions and growing pains not uncommon in a new relationship. I also enjoyed seeing Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell be vulnerable with one another at different points. And their banter continues to be a great source of entertainment for me.
Lastly, as a fan of the legend of Dracula this was the perfect mystery for me. I learned a bit more about Romanian vampire lore as well.
Overall Thoughts: This was a 5 out of 5 star read for me. The mystery and romance were very well done.. Thomas Cresswell and Audrey Rose are definitely one of my favorite bookish couples and I’m excited to keep reading.
Quotes I Enjoyed:
Progress would never be made if everyone appeared and thought and loved in the same manner
To lose you, that would be the furthest thing from amusing that I could imagine
You complement each other though that’s not to say you are not whole on your own