Escaping From Houdini: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The number one New York Times best-selling series that started with Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula continues in this third bloody installment! A luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of 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 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?
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 59 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||18 September 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 18,921 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Fiction About the Circus for Young Adults
8 in History & Culture for Teens
9 in Crime Fiction for Teens
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Audrey Rose annoyed me a lot and made decisions that felt as though it was purely to drag the plot in a certain direction instead of based on an already established character
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I really enjoyed it, at first I was worried it would be a little slow and maybe not as good as the previous two, but within a few chapters, it was an intense as the others. I was a little frustrated with the introduction of the new love interest, throughout Audrey Rose has been a strong character who didn't have any romantic moments until the last book, and even that took two full books to get to. I love Thomas's character too much to want to see her with any other, and I think she did too ultimately.
I loved the brief steamy make-outs scattered throughout, whenever the book got too serious a scene would be thrown in to ease the tension and make my heart flutter like I was the one in the room with him, not her. I must have highlighted a passage in every scene that was remotely romantic!
I loved that we got to see more of Liza also, when we were first introduced to her in the first book I was worried she would be used simply as a plot device to highlight how different Audrey Rose is, but instead she is shown to be the strong character she is and it just shows that you can come across as a more traditional Victorian young girl but still be as badass as the non-traditional girl.
I loved their relationship, it was just as it should be between family, there was no competition, despite Liza not being interested or familiar with the work Audrey Rose does, she was still included and still listened and supported them all during their time. Just as Audrey Rose was there for Liza. It made me wish I had the same depth of relationship with cousins of mine.
I cannot wait for the fourth, and I really really hope the series will never end!
But Escaping From Houdini makes Audrey Rose an unlikeable narrator, and the plot only makes sense because she acts senselessly and runs around in circles. I’d say only 50 - 80 pages of this book were actually enjoyable for me. Audrey Rose also becomes a massive hypocrite in believing her female cousin isn’t capable of thinking for herself - exactly what Audrey Rose criticises men for in books 1 and 2.
Honestly I was extremely relieved when this book was over. The only good thing about it was Thomas Cresswell and the interesting setting (a cruise liner at sea where someone is murdering people). I wouldn’t rush to recommend this.