“Monsters are only as real as the stories that grant them life. And they only live for as long as we tell those tales.”
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.
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?
One of my favorite duos is back! Wadsworth and Cresswell have yet another murder mystery to solve and it won’t be an easy one.
To say I enjoyed Hunting Prince Dracula would be an understatement. I love a good whodunnit and Kerri Maniscalco has delivered. Add a dash of romance and you have this gem of a book.
Audrey Rose is just as snarky as she was in the previous book and I’m here for it. I love her character and love how she does not back down from anyone. She evolves tremendously throughout the book. In the beginning, she’s suffering from PTSD from what happened in SJTR but over the course, we see her deal with her emotions and come to terms with what happened.
Her relationship with Thomas grows, though she is afraid to admit her feelings. Thomas, on the other hand, is not afraid to express how he feels about her, and I adore it! Though he still needs help with his social cues, you can help but swoon over Thomas by the end of HPD. The way he talks to Audrey Rose, the way he thinks of her as his equal and realizes how much he loves her…my goodness! Seriously, I love these two. Their relationship earns an A+ in my book.
I enjoyed this plot so much. The setting is creepy and perfect for the folklore that we are introduced to. The writing is amazing. Kerri Maniscalco knows how to do suspense very well. I was kept on my toes and at the edge of my seat. The dialogue and banter are great. I laughed many times and swooned when I needed to. The side characters were well-written. Though I wish we could’ve gotten more of them.
I was just a tiny bit disappointed with the ending. When I found out who was behind all the murders and the reason for them, I just didn’t buy it. There wasn’t enough justification in my eyes to warrant everything happening. Aside from that, there was nothing else that bothered me.
Now I’m no Sherlock Holmes, so I did not see the end coming. Though I was disappointed, I really liked this book. I am loving this series so far, it’s slowly becoming one of my favorites. I can’t wait to start Escaping From Houdini.
MY RATING: 4.5 STARS