Caitsbooks Reviews: Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco - 5 Stars

Capturing The Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco – I Can’t Believe It’s Over (Review)

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Capturing The Devil is an amazing end to a series that has captured the hearts of so many fans. While I’m sad it’s over, I couldn’t imagine a better finale.

“Perhaps some monsters were immortal after all.”

[ Related: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – Review ]

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Torture (Mention), Mature Content, Rape (Mention), Drugged, Animal Death, Murder, Mental Illness, PTSD, Homophobia, Kidnapping/Abduction //

“I had been stalked and hunted and had escaped thus far.
I’d now be the one setting a trap for this monster.”

Release Date: 9/10/2019
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Page Count: 448
Premise:
Capturing the Devil is the final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Audrey Rose and Thomas now found themselves in America, where a series of disappearances has them on the hunt for an elusive murderer. The two of them must try to catch the killer, while also trying to hold onto their future together.

“Love is immortal. Death can neither touch nor steal it. Especially when it’s true.”

Writing & Setting

If you’ve read the first three Stalking Jack the Ripper books (which I really hope you have because this isn’t a series you can just pick and choose which ones you want to read), then you already have an idea of how Kerri Maniscalco writes, and the atmospheric settings she depicts. Her writing has only gotten better in each book. There are so many powerful lines and impactful quotes from this book. The setting itself is also really well done. With each book, Kerri Maniscalco manages to create a completely new setting but still maintains that overall creepy and unsettling toneCapturing the Devil may have one of the scariest places in this series, which is saying something.

“The devil was here.
He’d finally stepped out from my nightmares and had come to claim me.”

Plot

This book has some twists. I know, you’re probably thinking: “Of course it does! Every book in this series has some sort of twist at the end!” You’re right, but usually, I can predict where the book is going. Even if I can’t guess the twist exactly, I have an idea of what’s coming. Yeah, that didn’t happen in this one. I knew what to expect with some things (I was already familiar with the case this book is about before going into it– speaking of which, don’t expect completely historical accuracy here), but there were a couple of other things that surprised me. Because this book actually managed to blindside me with some of it’s twists, it was completely impossible to put down. I had some trouble with other books in the series being a little slow, but this one did not have that problem AT ALL. I was addicted from the start, and until the very last page.

“I was the queen of death. A princess of corpses. Everything I touch decayed”
and she calls Thomas dramatic

Characters

Listen, Escaping From Houdini definitely hurt Audrey Rose’s standing in my ever-growing list of great protagonists. The decisions she made in that book weren’t great. However, Capturing the Devil seems to recognize that and was able to fix some of that damage. This book showcases all of the amazing character development she went through in this series, and by the end, I forgave her for how much she hurt Thomas in the previous book. Speaking of Thomas– he is just so perfect. He really is the perfect feminist love interest, even his flaws are compelling. I feel like in each book, we slowly see more and more of him, and every new thing makes me love him even more.

“Beyond life, beyond death. My love for thee is eternal.”

[ Related: Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco – ARC Review ]

Conclusion

Pros- The twists really got me, the setting is amazing, and oh my god I would die for Thomas Cresswell
Cons- Why does this series have to end? I’m not ready
Overall- 5/5 stars.
Capturing The Devil was a roller coaster. Full of twists and turns, this book is an epic conclusion to a series that has fully encased itself in my heart.

“If there’s one thing man cherishes above greed, it’s hope. Without it, people would cease to dream. Without dreamers, civilizations crash.”

If You Liked Capturing The Devil, I’d Recommend:

Bonus! More Quotes I Love:

“When I was adventuring between the pages of books, I wasn’t sad over things I was missing outside.”

“We didn’t need to complete each other; we complemented each other.”

“Death will come for us all one day. Worrying about tomorrow only accomplishes ruining today.”

“The present is more glorious than the future and all of it’s unknowns.”

“My love for you will be a constant in a sea on unknown variables.”

“The only thing that terrifies me is the possibility of living with regret.”

“Do not relinquish your grasp on hope. It’s one of the best weapons anyone possesses.”

“I long to live in a world where equal treatment is not something in need of commending.”

“Don’t condemn yourself for moving on, or for living.”

“The devil stood waiting for me. Silent and watchful as always, as he welcomed me back to his dominion of darkness.”

“To stop the devil, I had to be more wicked than he.”

“Now I’d seen enough of the world to know sometimes in order to fight the darkness, you had to become a blade forged of heavenly fire. The devil was a monster, but I would become his nightmare.”

“There was no greater force on earth, nothing quite as powerful as love. Neither hatred nor fear could ever hope to possess the same amount of strength.”

“I was capable of so much more than I’d ever imagined.”

“I would not go quietly into the darkness.”

“Beware of trusting beautiful creatures. They hide the most wicked surprises.”

“The world needed to be better. And if it wasn’t possible for it to be better, we, its inhabitants, needed to do better.”

Are you excited for Capturing the Devil? Have you finished it yet? If you have, what did you think?

Also, a kinda morbid question, but what do you think is the weirdest or most terrifying unsolved case?

- Cait






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