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, they journey to Romania.
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.
Spoiler Free Review:
After finishing the roller coaster of a book, Stalking Jack The Ripper, I dove straight into this one. Only to have my burning red hot flames snuffed out. I had so much hope and expectation for this. I mean, did you see how we ended?!
It wasn’t bad. Not at all. It just wasn’t as good. Kerri built us up so sky high but unfortunately, could not keep us there. This book was not as intriguing to me as the first one was. Here’s why:
- She kind of made Thomas, our sassy, loving, Sherlock-like Thomas, slightly dummer than he was originally shown to be. That completely took away from his charm! ITS WHY WE LOVED HIM! Now listen, I know why you did it, you needed to accentuate Audrey Rose’s intelligence. It was easier for you. So Imma let it go.
- Thomas, was also not as present as he was in the first book. Why? Why girl? Why? You’d think that since this book is at least 100 pages more than the first one, there would be more Thomas action, but nope.
- Not to mention the Thomas and Audrey romance was practically dead in this sequel. I don’t feel like I’ve had my fill of them. The only decent action we get is in the last two pages or something. You had 434 pages, yet you couldn’t spare a chapter or two for their love? Girl….
- Not enough murder. I know, I know…but I also don’t know. Oka..y!? I just needed more descriptive murder scenes and gore. It kept me going, alright!?
- Something was missing. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, it simply wasn’t as good. Even the ending wasn’t as shocking or interesting as the first book was. It’s not as charming as the first.
“For there are no limits to the stars, their numbers infinite. Which is precisely why I measure my love for you by the stars. An amount too boundless to count.”
Obviously, I did rate this as four stars for a reason. I told you, it wasn’t bad. There are quite a number of positive aspects to this story.
- She kept the identity of Jack the ripper a secret. Which was awesome because each book can be read independently without any spoilers. That was really thoughtful of her.
- She incorporated different languages and cultures in the book without “westernizing” it. Like, they were in Romania, so no one magically spoke perfect english all the time. Also, there were characters coming from different countries, thankfully she didn’t stereotype them into different categories. Which was refreshing.
- Audrey Rose, you strong, independent woman!
- Thomas, although he wasn’t as sassy as he was in the first book. I still love him.
- I love how Audrey Rose was left to mourn the events of the previous book. Usually authors just gloss over those parts that make characters human and relatable. Depression, loss, insomnia/nightmares are normal things that people go through after losing someone they love. I’m glad that she let her grieve and feel that throughout the book and not just in a few words in the first chapter.
- Two words: Character Development. Audrey Rose and Thomas both went through a shit storm in the last book, it was nice to see them growing and learning from their mistakes. Also, we get to learn a lot about their past and kind of get to understand them more.
I know that I don’t usually write long reviews, but there was so much that I had to cover. I actually really did enjoy this and I’m looking forward to reading the third one!!
What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^
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