Breaking the Spine
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Published: July 11, 2017 by Berkley (Penguin)
Synopsis: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller 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.
Why I'm Waiting:
I was recently sent a copy of this book from the publisher and I am super excited to read it. Like I basically pooped my pants when I opened this book. I Snapchatted my unboxing so you may have witnessed it firsthand. I really loved the first book in this series. It was my favorite debut of last year and one of my favorite reads. It was that good.
For one thing I really love these characters Audrey Rose and Thomas are amazingly likable chatracters. I am not a hge fan of Sherlock Holmes stories or retellings, or even Sherlock Holmes (don't hate me) but I love these characters even though they are based on Sherlock. I don't know what makes them so much more likable but I did fall for them in the first book and I can't wait to find out what happens next to them.
But also I love the world of this book. If you know me you know that I am a huge fan of historical mysteries. I love a good mystery in general (Stalking Jack the Ripper had an amazing one) but one that is set during a historical time period is even more up my alley. The author of this book (who is an absolute delight) described the first book as Victorian CSI and that is exactly what it is. It's a police procedural crime scene investigation but in the Victorian Era. It's amazing
But the thing I am most excited about for this book is the new location and new plot. I am a huge fan of books that are about Dracula, especially if they are involving the historical figure Vlad the Impaller who Dracula is based on. One of my all-time favorite books is The Historian so I am really intrigued to see how Kerri handles Dracula and his mythology. Plus getting a look at her Pinterest board I know there is going to be some gorgeous and amazing settings throughout Romania and Eastern Europe.
I was excited about this book even before I knew what it was about or what it was called. By the end of Stalking Jack the Ripper I knew that the sequel was going to be about Dracula and I could not be more excited. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year and I can't wait to read my ARC>