Escaping from Houdini

Escaping from Houdini

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, 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-...

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Title:Escaping from Houdini
Author:Kerri Maniscalco
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Edition Language:English

Escaping from Houdini Reviews

  • Kerri

    UPDATE 10/11/18

    internet: cressworth wedding 2019!

    me: they've known each other 4 months, AR just turned 17, Papa Wadsworth hasn't approved of them even dating yet, they've liked each other for two months, they've kissed 3 or 4 times, Thomas screwed up twice 2-3 weeks ago in HPD, but if you're suuuuure... #SJTR4 #murderbynumbers #happyfriday!

    just a little Friday fun. hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with tons of spooky reads!! xoxo

    8/9/18 UPDATE:

    EFH F

    UPDATE 10/11/18

    internet: cressworth wedding 2019!

    me: they've known each other 4 months, AR just turned 17, Papa Wadsworth hasn't approved of them even dating yet, they've liked each other for two months, they've kissed 3 or 4 times, Thomas screwed up twice 2-3 weeks ago in HPD, but if you're suuuuure... #SJTR4 #murderbynumbers #happyfriday!

    just a little Friday fun. hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with tons of spooky reads!! xoxo

    8/9/18 UPDATE:

    EFH Fall Tour announcement can be found here! (along with signed editions available throughout the US on release day!)

    INTL Pre-orders (available to all) can be found here:

    IG--I'm hosting an INTL giveaway RIGHT NOW and it ends on 8/16/18!

    7/23/18 UPDATE:

    both the US pre-order prizes and INTL pre-order giveaway have been announced!

    US pre-order:

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    4/6/18 UPDATE:

    i'm hosting the very first ARC giveaway on twitter RIGHT NOW! go forth and enter, friends! remember, there aren't going to be very many ARCs in the world, so don't miss out!!!

    xoxo

    1/16/18 update: COVER REVEAL IS THIS FRIDAYYYYYYYYYY (1/19/18)

    xoxo

    *****

    12/17/17 update: title, summary, and tentative release date are being announced TOMORROW!

    *****

    title announcement coming before the end of december. are you ready???

    *****

    i am having a little too much fun writing this dark draft :)

  • Candace Robinson

    This is such a fun series. I like the gory factors, Cresswell—especially Cresswell, and the cool themes that are intertwined. So when I saw carnival on a ship, I was incredibly ecstatic.

    Let me start out by saying the book started off very well—we get some killing right away. But then a mysterious guy with a face mask who is the carnival's leader, Mephistopheles, comes into the picture. This is where our girl, Audrey Rose, starts getting a little ridiculous.

    My favorite thing about this series has

    This is such a fun series. I like the gory factors, Cresswell—especially Cresswell, and the cool themes that are intertwined. So when I saw carnival on a ship, I was incredibly ecstatic.

    Let me start out by saying the book started off very well—we get some killing right away. But then a mysterious guy with a face mask who is the carnival's leader, Mephistopheles, comes into the picture. This is where our girl, Audrey Rose, starts getting a little ridiculous.

    My favorite thing about this series has been how Audrey and Thomas Cresswell are a team. A lot of this book Cresswell wasn't even there ... but Mephistopheles was. Uh oh, that means possible love triangle. I hate when you're so invested in two characters, especially when you are at book three—there does not need to be another guy in the picture!

    Anyway, so besides Audrey acting ridiculous, I loved the book! The atmosphere was gorgeous, awe-inspiring and creepy—a mixture of the best kind. It was incredibly well written, and I'm excited to see what happens in book four!

  • Stacee

    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

    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**

  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    Let me tell you guys, I have been dying to post this review! It’s been a few months since I read this one, but the publisher did request that I wait to post my thoughts until close to the book’s release, and naturally, I obliged. Now that I can finally gush freely with you all, I have to tell you that I

    this series. It is such a fun roller coaster of emotions and suspense, and I honestly think

    Let me tell you guys, I have been dying to post this review! It’s been a few months since I read this one, but the publisher did request that I wait to post my thoughts until close to the book’s release, and naturally, I obliged. Now that I can finally gush freely with you all, I have to tell you that I

    this series. It is such a fun roller coaster of emotions and suspense, and I honestly think Kerri could write a dozen books following the adventures of Audrey and Thomas, and I would happily read each and every one of them.

    Just the same as in the past two installments, my favorite parts are each and every moment in which Audrey and Thomas are alone, whether they’re swapping flirty banter, admiring one another’s intellect, sneaking steamy moments in hidden corners, or confessing sweet, tender emotions and desires. That said, this installment relies less on relationship building and more on suspense, intrigue, and a bit of con work.

    What I expect to be a controversial topic is Audrey’s behavior in this book, which I ultimately loved, despite struggling with at first.

    fell slightly below

    in terms of enjoyment for me because of her actions, which I hold conflicting feelings about: on the one hand, her deceit is heartbreaking as we see the pain it causes her loved ones, but on the other, Audrey proves herself as a bright young woman who has come to recognize that she has to figure things out for herself and to see if she’s settling, or truly on the path she needs to be on. That said, I think readers everywhere will be pleased with the end of her curious emotional journey.

    On a less conflicting note, let me tell you, the

    is this book is fantastic; it is so delightful and intriguing. Nothing is ever quite what it seems to be on the ship, and there’s a lot of world-building for the circus and its performers that lends to an immersive, captivating arena for the murders.

    As for my favorite aspect of the series, Thomas: he has developed into this delightfully kind creature when it comes to his love for Audrey, but his humor and snark are still fully present, as is his brilliant wit. Thomas is truly one of my favorite YA love interests of all time, because not only is he funny, charming, and cute—he’s also incredibly respectful and in awe of Audrey’s talents, and even when it breaks his heart, he’s fully prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that she feels free to make the choices she needs to make. I just love him so, so much.

    Finally, our newest prominent player: Mephistopheles, the ring-leader of the traveling show. I know that there have been some mixed feelings about him from other ARC reviewers, but I have to say that, despite some of the really twisted things he does, I thought he was a phenomenal addition to the story. He’s got this moral greyness to him that you can never quite determine the shade of, and his motives are rarely, if ever, clear.

    Genuinely, I am so interested in seeing what the general consensus is when the finished release rolls around and reviews start to roll in, because I think Kerri made a lot of risky moves while writing this story (which paid off). I definitely looked at Audrey Rose a little differently by the time I closed the cover on this one (not in a bad way, though), and I wonder if it will shift even further once the finished ending comes out—because, in case you didn’t know, the ARCs don’t have the final ending. Kerri wrote a fake ending for the advance copies, which gives me the perfect excuse to reread this beauty when my pre-order arrives in September.

    I’ll come back and update this review after I’ve finished, to let you all know if any of my thoughts have changed, but as it stands, I can promise you that I will still be recommending this series to anyone and everyone, as it is such a fun read with a truly lovable cast of characters.

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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    I started reading Escaping from Houdini on 7/8/18 and finished it on 7/19/18. This book is an excellent read! I find the romance between Thomas and Audrey Rose intoxicating because of their limited time, privacy, and secrecy. I like the sharp tongues exchanges between Audrey and Mephistopheles. I like all the fancy clothes Audrey Rose wears: silks and velvets as well as the decorations to the live shows. I like the mystery to Mephistopheles’ background because he’s always wearing a mask. I like

    I started reading Escaping from Houdini on 7/8/18 and finished it on 7/19/18. This book is an excellent read! I find the romance between Thomas and Audrey Rose intoxicating because of their limited time, privacy, and secrecy. I like the sharp tongues exchanges between Audrey and Mephistopheles. I like all the fancy clothes Audrey Rose wears: silks and velvets as well as the decorations to the live shows. I like the mystery to Mephistopheles’ background because he’s always wearing a mask. I like the friction between Thomas, Audrey Rose, and Mephistopheles and their endless witticism/sarcasm/banter/charm/well-timed quips. I can’t tell Mephistopheles’ intentions toward Audrey Rose but the air of mystery makes the read interesting. I like how the characters are good at keeping a poker face in tense situations.

    This book is told in the first person point of view following Audrey Rose Wadsworth, 17, as she, Thomas Cresswell, and her Uncle Jonathan Wadsworth, whom readers learned from book 1 that he’s an expert in reading crime scenes are boarding a cruise ship called the Etruria heading to New York. There is entertainment on this cruise ship and the newest entertainer to excite everyone on board is Mephistopheles and his Moonlight Carnival crew. Their performance promises the audience of tricks that will both be dazzling and on the brink of danger. Audiences clap wildly from one act to the next with excitement and eagerness until at last, when there’s a knife protruding from the back of their fellow audience that left a puddle of blood on the floor, no one thought twice that it was a real murder but part of an act. Audrey finds herself trapped on a boat at sea with a murderer on the loose. Audrey, her uncle, and Thomas now find themselves with a dead body to examine and it might not be the only one.

    Escaping from Houdini is truly mesmerizing. I love the topic of magic performances and how it all takes place on a cruise. As much as I love following Thomas and Audrey Rose breaking curfews and sneaking out on secret adventures, I do love the change in this book with Thomas having a competitor. It’s interesting how Thomas is still consider a “friend” after all of those stolen moments. I like Mrs. Harvey in this book more than in the previous books. I like the pictures before each chapter, especially the late 19th century circus performers because it gives readers an idea of what’s to come and their costumes are really out there! I love books with epilogues. I couldn’t guess who the murderer is but I did flipped back to read again to see if there were clues I might have missed. This book is a must read and the series shouldn’t be missed. I highly recommend everyone to read it!

    Pro: fast paced, page turner, suspense, mystery, cruise, circus, diversity, humor/banter

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  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    3.5? 3.75? I DON’T KNOW

    There were things I loved but also things that I hated, but I enjoyed it? I’ll talk it through more in my October wrap up!

  • Katerina

    You've been warned.

    I've never been this

    or

    because of a book.

    was an

    to my emotions, my sanity, and the very heroes

    so lovingly created. It took a tremendous amount of effort to turn the pages, to witness the fall of the characters that always managed to put a smile on my face. My pulse accelerated and I wanted to throw things and ravage and scream and

    You've been warned.

    I've never been this

    or

    because of a book.

    was an

    to my emotions, my sanity, and the very heroes

    so lovingly created. It took a tremendous amount of effort to turn the pages, to witness the fall of the characters that always managed to put a smile on my face. My pulse accelerated and I wanted to throw things and ravage and scream and

    (YES I came

    close to committing the most ungodly sacrilege) and get drunk (YES I did stop reading in order to CONSUME ALCOHOL to calm my nerves - and that's from a person who drinks only TWICE a year).

    and

    were two books I loved, and I can't even begin to describe how

    and

    I am from the treatment of what I once thought was the perfect crime solving duet. My expectations tumbled like a tower made of playing cards, and my heart? It was crushed into tiny pieces.

    Wadswoth and Cresswell being a team, solving crimes, cutting bloated corpses while bantering and flirting.

    Cresswell's presence was dramatically reduced. Why? Because the author decided to insert an

    as a means to test their love or whatever, with the second love interest (hereinafter referred to as S.L.I.) being a

    , a person of debatable morality who kept provoking the latter and suddenly became the center of Wadsworth's world. Oh, and it gets better. Wadsworth ended up questioning her feelings towards Cresswell, the boy who was also her

    and

    , who was next to her during emotional trauma and tragedies, who constantly supported her and literally worshipped her because of someone she knew for

    ,

    , who kept staging incidents that compromised Wadsworth's virtue just to spite Cresswell and manipulated her. Wadsworth's excuses for the time she spent with S.L.I. were pathetic; she supposedly struck a deal with S.L.I. for a

    , but her

    , her reckless, childish and self-centered behaviour was an

    to her character and everything she's been through. Somehow her flaws were magnified, her saving graces diminished, even though it's the

    book of the series, meaning that her slow but steady growth preceded the events of

    .

    Hiding crucial information and evidence from him? Sneaking out at night with another man, practically cheating?

    She never talked to him, not even once tried to explain what was going on, but at the same time asked for his unconditional trust. And Cresswell? While he had every right to yell, to be jealous and confront her, he simply sat idly and waited for her to

    . Wadsworth claimed that hurting Cresswell, that brushing him aside or doing something questionable was dictated by her head in order to solve the case, yet only pages later she would ignore the logic she so passionately invoked in order to do things

    . Even her inner musings were

    . She was aboard a vessel plagued by murder and mayhem, and she was focused on S.L.I., the

    he offered, and acted like a ninny that was guided by her hormones.

    the two forensic students that complimented each other like two pieces of a puzzle, Cresswell with his marvelous deductive skills and Wadsworth with her instict,

    . In its stead, there was S.L.I. who assumed Thomas' role. All I got was

    who was blinded by illusions and hurt the people she loved.

    Wadsworth advocating feminism.

    Let's break the bubble, folks.

    The way I perceive it, feminism is about

    , about being treated with respect regardless of sex. It's not about superiority, and it addresses all women. Wadsworth wanted the ability to choose, to make mistakes and learn and take her fate into her own hands.

    The problem is, all these principles according to Wasworth

    . She went behind Liza's back and struck a deal with the devil in an attempt to

    her, the very thing she hated and fought against. She meddled in Liza's affairs because apparently Wadsworth knew what was best for her, without doing her the courtesy of making her own mistakes. Wadsworth fought for her own right to make horrible decisions, but it seems that Liza was not entitled to the same freedom. And you know what that makes Wadsworth? A

    .

    The same goes to the way she behaved around Cresswell; Wadsworth wanted to be treated as an equal, to be appreciated for her mind the same way he was. The thing is that during

    ,

    never treated

    as her partner. Because it seems that Audrey Rose Wadsworth is an almighty deity who doesn't need anyone (except from S.L.I., who understands her and doesn't want to cage her).

    A well-structured criminal case.

    Let's be honest, a book about

    is bound to be captivating.

    succeeded in creating the proper ambience, the

    vibe that promised

    , the

    right before the murderer presented his ghastly works of art, and that is the sole reason I didn't rate it lower. However, a) I figured out the identity of the killer once a certain clue was presented (and I can't fathom how Wadsworth did not see it coming), and b) I can't shake the feeling that the evidence and the whole construction of the crime were

    . Instead of elaborately crafting a detailed, thorough murder case, the author prefered to

    , and mistakes inevitably happened. For example, Wadsworth was given a note about a secret meeting and went to the rendezvous point thinking it came from Cresswell. Didn't she recognize that it wasn't his handwriting? *cue facepalm*

    inflicted a devastating blow on my love for this series, it opened a wound that will probably never heal. I fear that the relationship I cherished, and the heroes I rooted for are now

    , tarnished by the glitter and the silks of the Moonlight Carnival. And

    is something I never expected.

    ★★★★

    ★★★★★

    Escaping from Houdini: ★★½

  • Riley

    this....ain't it sis

  • may ❀

    i'm so sleepy but even my state of delirium cannot mask how annoyed i am @ this book

    #ThomasEffingDeservesBetter

    ill write something more thoughtful in the morning

    2.5 stars

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    i find it absolutely incredible that i can look at a cover and thing 'wow i want to marry that someday'

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