This book just screams gloomy-enchantment. Like the ton of Van Helsing or Dracula (that’s probably the point). There’s just so much to talk about but so little that I can say.
Audrey Rose and Cresswell are off to study the dead at a once-castle in Romania. But from the moment they got on the train, there is a trail of murders for them to solve already. No matter where these two go, there is always a mystery to solve.
The worst part about this whole murder-thing is that they all look like vampires did them. Blood drained… bite marks… garlic… the whole package is there. Heck, the castle is even infested with bats to put the cherry on the cake. So could the supernatural make an appearance in this lovely gory series?
The characters are by far the best points of this series. Audrey Rose is are protagonist and she is going through major PTSD from the last book. The author really does show that in a light that is realistic. She doesn’t use it as a tool to make you feel sorry for her or cripple her; she uses it as a growth tool. Audrey Rose has flashbacks to that awful night she discovered who was Jack the Ripper, and it wasn’t just going to go away.
“I have a feeling you haven’t invited me here for kissing. Though it never hurts to ask. You’re dressed for sneaking about Dracula’s castle. Be still my thawing, dark heart. You certainly know how to make a young man feel alive, Wadsworth.”
Cresswell is as charming as ever. His wit is sharp but his understanding is lacking. He constantly is dealing with “I thought that you would think it was funny” or “I thought I was doing the right thing” and he is growing constantly and understanding the people around him (mainly Audrey Rose).
You also get to learn more about his past and where he came from. This whole story is just so thought out and well written. Oh! The writing! It is just a poem and weaves so well together. You get the chills down your spin from the eerie atmosphere and the gore that is so beautifully worded.