Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series #3)

Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series #3)

by Kerri Maniscalco

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ISBN-13: 9780316551700
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper Series , #3
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 12,021
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, 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. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula.

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Escaping From Houdini (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Another solid installment in this intriguing and heart-pounding series. While it wasn’t as dark as its predecessors, it had its fair share of twists and turns. It also had quite a few lovely swoon-worthy moments.
Mel-Loves-Books 5 months ago
“Together Thomas and I had burned bright as a shooting star, and flew apart just as fast.” This book angered me quite a bit. I feel betrayed by the author who made us fall in love with these characters and see them as a couple and watched her rip them apart. Almost every decision Audrey Rose made in this book made me want to rip the whole thing to pieces or at the very least just not even finish reading it. I did read it though, and there was some redemption. And probably I will read the next book too, but if it goes as badly as this one I am done. I feel so let down. Even Thomas’s response to her made me angry. Almost like he didn’t show enough emotion or anger or something…. just ugh. I am giving this book 3 stars, because even though it made me mad it was still interesting and for the ending which gave us some hope.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I couldn't put it down.
BookPrincessReviews 7 months ago
Oh, look, it's your girl, Mandy, who is about to go on another rant. I feel like this is becoming A Thing, and I wish it would stop, but this book brought the fire in me. This book was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2018. I thought the first book in the series was so-so but saw a lot of promise in it. With Hunting Prince Dracula, I saw so much greatness, and it really solidified Maniscalco as an author of ultimate mood writing. The setting was so lush and brought the magic. So, I was so hype for this book which would be tackling a carnival, magic, Houdini, and cruise liner with my darling loves, Audrey Rose and Thomas. Where could this go wrong? MILD SPOILERS HERE, BUT I MEAN, KIND OF, MAYBE, EH, JUST KNOW THERE IS THINGS ABOUT TO BE DISCUSSED THAT MIGHT BE SPOILERS BUT IDK. IT'S JUST ME GENERAL RANTING: Enter, stage left: the unholy love triangle. I really don't get what the point of a love triangle brings a series. I used to see this so often in YA second series books. The first book would introduce us to a lovely love interest, which we would promptly fall in love with and love the characters and the plot and everything. But then the second book would bring us some pointless love triangle that had me coining a term, the Dreaded Sequel Sickness Syndrome because I would hate every single second book for this reason. I didn't see this love triangle coming for this book, but alas, it was there. And yes, it was the most pointless thing I ever read. Honestly. I feel like it was only created for the sake of creating tension with Audrey Rose and Thomas because there wasn't a point to it otherwise. There was a lot of other ways that the author could have explored Audrey Rose feeling trapped by marriage, but instead we have a love triangle with a guy whose name I can't even pronounce. I recently have been getting better with love triangles - even though I still really can't stand them - but again, this was just completely unnecessary. We all know and love Thomas Cresswell. We know he's end game. We know the depth and magic that is the sarcastic, arrogant man who I find to be a dashing Sherlock with magical sounding hair. Audrey Rose and him have had a fiery, dynamic relationship that has been a favorite ship of mine in YA. If we are in deep with Cresswell and know he's end game, then what's the point? Okay, I realized, maybe this other love interest will be intriguing at least? Even though I was peeved about the existence of him in general, I tried to give him a try. Instead, he was lacking in so many ways. He felt like a shade of Thomas - he did not have a presence, he was annoying, he was far too assuming and imposing, and he was just plain boring. He was supposed to be a ringmaster and instead, this girl would be snoozing at his carnival. I honestly would have preferred if Mrs. Harvey was the love interest because she was a lady I could get behind. He was just...there. And I mean, no really, he was CONSTANTLY there. I would blink, and he would be there, while Thomas would be off trying to do things and Mep-whatever was just wandering around. I was extremely frustrated. I just wanted Audrey Rose and Thomas off having witty banter and solving cases, and then there was this. All. 400. pages. of. it. It was so tiresome. I thought at least the dynamic of the carnival would make up for the drama of this pointlessness, but it didn't vibe as much as I wanted. I felt nothing for the rest of the carnival performers, and I s
NovelKnight 7 months ago
We’ve stalked Jack the Ripper through London and hunted for the infamous Dracula. We’ve swooned and sighed over dead bodies and Thomas Cresswell alike. Now it’s time to venture across the Atlantic with the Moonlight Carnival for a week of thrills and chills! As the third installment of one of my favorite young adult series, I was beyond excited for Escaping from Houdini. Especially considering a traveling carnival is the main focus this time around and I’m all about those carnival/circus books! Disclaimer: This review is of the ARC copy of this book. The final version has a different ending and additional pages and content that I can’t compare to until release but plan to talk about once September 18 is here. Perhaps it was the lengthy time between books 2 and 3 (no more than other series, but I’ve read a lot of other books in between) or just this book, but Escaping from Houdini lacked that initial hook that I’ve come to expect of this series. It’s easily one of the only historical mystery series I’ve read and enjoyed in the YA genre which also means my expectations tend to be fairly high. I’ve loved Audrey Rose’s character from the start. She’s a woman with a mind of her own, dissecting bodies and hunting down killers one day and taking tea with her friends the next. The contrast is entertaining and I love her wit and snark. But something felt missing in EFH. She didn’t seem fully herself, if that makes sense. Beyond the whole murder mystery, her internal conflict seemed to move in a circle much like in the past books. I had hoped that she would finally settle on Cresswell and the romantic tension would take on a different role in this book and the next, but I felt like it came back to the same place it was in book 2. But this may also change in the final copy as some of my thoughts here also reflect the ARC ending. On that note, I could have done without the weird love triangle. But I’m also not a fan of romances being dragged out through this many books so there’s that as well. But like the first installments of this series, Escaping from Houdini didn’t fail to captivate me. At times, I grew a bit distant from the story due to more telling than showing (and yes, there’s a time/place for telling but in this case it pulled me out of the world). Maniscalco knows how to spin an intriguing murder mystery, keeping you on your toes from start to finish. And you can guess the culprit all you want but there was always something that came as a surprise no matter my guessing. I devoured this book in one night because I needed to know who did it! The added element of the Moonlight Carnival, a show combining magic and thrills, really brought this world to life. I wanted to know if the carnival (or something similar) existed at this point in history, and if Houdini was a part of any of it. I was a bit surprised that Houdini didn’t play as big a role as I expected in this book, based on the title, but I liked how the new characters fleshed out the cast a bit more. So despite a few elements of the book (that very well may change between the ARC and final copy), Escaping from Houdini is another solid installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I would definitely recommend reading this series if you like famous historical figured combined with morbid mystery and an entertaining cast. I only wish EFH featured more of Thomas Cresswell because. . . well, do I really need a reason?
book_junkee 7 months ago
I have been on board with these books since SJTR, so when I got my greedy hands on a arc of Houdini, I screamed at my UPS guy. As always, Audrey Rose and Thomas are perfection. I love their banter and flirting and the way they are true partners in all things. Mephistopheles is an intriguing addition and of course he was quite charming and so infuriating. There is a fairly large cast of secondary characters on the ship and I will admit to not being able to keep up on the passengers, but it didn’t slow me down. Plot wise it was captivating. I loved that the setting was a ship, so there wasn’t anywhere to go and it made everyone a suspect. I was constantly second guessing everything and the reveals are so deliciously slow. I will say there was a small thread of plot that I wasn’t a fan of — it did make some sense and all that, it just wasn’t something I cared for. Overall, it might be my favorite of the three, but I’m not ready to commit to that statement. I loved so many things about this story and even though there were scenes and things that made me want to scream, it was so satisfying. I can’t even wait to see what the next book brings. **Huge thanks to Jimmy Patterson Books for providing the arc free of charge**