Book Title: Escaping From Houdini
Book Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/ Mystery
Publishing Date: September 18th, 2018
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Date Read: August 28th, 2018
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?
How do I even produce the words to describe how magical this was? Kerri has amazed me, yet again, and there are still changes and improvements going to be done between this ARC and the finished copy! Escaping From Houdini was everything I had hoped and dreamed it would be, and then some! It was astounding, heart pounding, and spectacular!
I know we’ve all been told that the finished copy will have changes and a different ending. That makes me more excited to get my pre-ordered copy in to compare because this ARC already soothed my soul and made my heart flutter! It was exciting and atmospheric, and if this were the finished copy, I’d be completely satisfied with it!
My point in talking about this ARC before the finished copy is out is to tell you that even when Kerri doesn’t feel like her writing is at it’s absolute best, it still drew me in and captivated me. We got more swoonworthy moments between Thomas and Audrey Rose. We got more “edge of your” seat murder moments, and more heart pounding, hot flash moments than the first two books! It was glorious.
My giving this ARC 5 stars honestly had nothing to do with the ending. Yes, I was satisfied with the ending and could also see why Kerri wanted to change it, but it was the writing and plotting that made this book so incredible. It was so rich in detail and all the characters were so dynamic and intriguing. I was constantly trying to figure out who the murderer was and I loved following Audrey Rose along on her adventures on the ship! The setting was exciting and so different from the first two books, and even knowing that some things will be different in the finished copy hasn’t kept me from completely enjoying this ARC.
It was about how Kerri grabbed me and kept me in the moment. It was about how vivid the story was and how the characters came to life right on the pages. And, it was about how excited this ARC make me to not only want to read the finished copy when it’s in my hands, but to want go back and re-read the first two books right before I read the finished copy. I honestly just had to share this excitement and awe with you so we could talk about this series before EFH is released in the world!
I was lucky enough to receive this ARC through a trade with another blogger!
There is still time to pre-order this amazing book! If you pre-order and click on the link below from Jimmy Patterson Books, you can submit your receipt and receive 8 limited edition EFH Tarot cards! You can also find this information on Kerri’s Instagram and Twitter! Information for the International Pre-Order Prize is here.
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