Name: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Little Brown // Jimmy Patterson
Release Date: September 19, 2017
In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
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.
Book Cover Comments
Love how this basically matches the theme of the first book, with holding the knife and everything!!! Must say its weird since the model is looking down..
The Actual Review
Kerri definitely redeemed herself with Hunting Prince Dracula. It was a great roller coaster ride for a mystery/suspense book, and I loved it from head to toe.
The checkbox for if it was a good suspense is definitely ticked yes. The revelation of the mysterious cases of murder, where all the blood of a victim is drained, was suppressed until the very end of the book, taking a turn where even I didn’t expect. Kerri did a magnificent job of distracting the readers from where she doesn’t want them to look at: using small pieces of evidence and human attitude to turn our eyes away from the true culprit.
Compared to Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the trilogy, this book was definitely written better, and (spoilers for the first book coming up NOW) was definitely a less forced of a plot due to the Frankenstein concept used in the first book. In book 2, we were able to stick to just the lore of Dracula and the history of Romania, bringing in secret societies and adapting that to the story to bring a lot of fun and discovery.
A key highlight in Kerri’s books is definitely the forensic analysis things. Book one had a much heavier dose of the forensic analysis due to the evidence to Jack the Ripper being the victims themselves, but I suppose at the same time, despite the reduction of victim examinations, the hints, and clues left by on-scene evidence made the book and journey an enjoyable one.
We have way fewer feature photographs in this book than book one, which was, I must say a slight disappointment for something I was looking forward to. The photographs added a lot of fun and slight support to the visual aspect of the content of the reading back in the previous book, so while it wasn’t necessary for the photos to be there, it added an element of fun to the reading, wanting to know what image I’ll be expecting next.
But despite this pretty much amazing book with not a lot of flaws that could be spotted by me, the biggest flaw was in the character relationship itself: the one between Audrey-Rose and Thomas. Audrey-Rose is running away from reality (in a sense) due to the trauma that she still received from book one. As much as the fact that this book is indeed based in the Victorian period and women are reduced to a level of barely anything, Audrey-Rose who was supposed to be a strong female heroine was unfortunately reduced in power by her partner, Thomas, who was supposed to understand how she felt. Thomas took over small matters which in turn hurt Audrey-Rose, including that last event before Audrey-Rose simply broke down.
But the biggest problem isn’t how annoying Thomas’ behavior was, its how soon they resolved the issue after the biggest rouse Thomas caused. Audrey-Rose knew that she needed Thomas by her side and knew her feelings towards Thomas, in which he would be the person she didn’t want to lose, but despite those feelings, it was as if she was able to immediately forget all the rouses that Thomas caused. This is the thing that I was really annoyed about despite the wonderful plot and suspense.
Nonetheless, due to the secret hints dropped in this book about a certain magician on a certain cruise going to a certain country called America, we all know the hype is real and I myself can’t wait to read the next installment in the series, Escaping from Houdini.
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