Review: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

This series was one that I initially wasn’t sure I would like. I’m a YA fantasy reader, and this was historical fiction – not usually my thing! But I am so grateful that I picked it up and read it! This series has turned into one of my most recommended series ever. And this glorious book finished off the series beautifully.

Title: Capturing the Devil

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: YA/ Historical Fiction

Age Classification: YA

Publisher: Hachette

Publication Date: 10th September 2019

Australian RRP: $16.99


In the shocking finale to the bestselling series, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?


This booked picked up instantly from the end of Escaping from Houdini. I didn’t pretend that EfH was my favourite book, so I was a little nervous coming into this one. However all those nerves were for nothing. Can we start with Thomas Cresswell? I don’t think I’ve ever instantly been in love with someone this much! Every girl deserves their own Thomas Cresswell! The way he treats Audrey-Rose is just perfect. And Maniscalco treats their romance and love with modesty – so while there are scenes of an adult nature, they are not explicit and much of it is implied rather than stated.

What is not ‘just implied’ however, is the gruesome nature of what Audrey-Rose and Thomas do for work. They are forensic investigators! They’re dealing with dead bodies and organs and blood! So this series may not be for the squeamish. However, I would usually count myself among the squeamish and I was actually okay! But just keep in mind that it might get a little graphic!

Finally the mystery. Maniscalco has done a fabulous job of making you double think every single thing you’ve read in the books so far. I am ready to go give them all a second read, now knowing the end, to see what else I can pick up on! If you have been following this series, this book will not disappoint. If you haven’t read the series – I recommend you do!

It gets five out of five stars from me!

What series have you read that you will always recommend?

Until next time loves,

-B x


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