I consider these books to be the literary equivalent of mac 'n' cheese made with velveeta; absolutely yummy & absolutely trashy. "Brain rot reading" at its rottiest.
Eve seems to have undergone a condensing process for this book though: she's herself only much more so. Her characteristics seem exaggerated --something you don't necessarily want when the character is a caricature in the first place.
Her "tough cop with a heart of gold beneath" act is overblown here, to the point where she's just an obnoxious b*tch who comes off as selfish, self-centered, and barely human around Nixie--she responds with snappy nastiness (when forced to respond at all) to the poor 9-year-old girl who's entire family has just been slaughtered. She brings the kid into her home ...well, Roarke's magnificent castle-- because the bad guys are still out to get the girl, then Eve avoids her whenever possible & treats the girl fairly crappily when she can't avoid her.
I got real tired of Eve in this one, getting distracted often by the desire to reach into the book & slap her silly, or ditto the author. I suppose i'm supposed to feel sympathetic, that Eve is reacting to her own childhood horrors which are brought vividly back by the young girl's dreadful experience, but Dallas just lost my sympathy completely by allowing her own (old) pain to trump the traumatized Nixie's (brand new, fresh) agony & horror. Dallas needs badly to grow the heck up here, step on her me-me-me-poor-me thing & act like a grown up instead of a tantrum-y brat. These books are already unrealistic & ridiculous (they're romances, after all, they're supposed to be, but this one crosses the line.
I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone new to the "In Death" books or to a confirmed fan. Give this one a miss unless you enjoy gritting your teeth at obnoxious protagonists.
One of the most intense story lines yet presented in this series. I liked to tie back to a previous story.
The anguish of a child orphaned through tragedy.
As always Susan brings emotion to the story that other narratives don't capture.
I though the ending was a little too simplistic.
Yes I will at some stage.. I am sure I will listen to most if not all of this series again.. The characters have become like family to me and the action is compelling!
This addition to the series was one of the best so far ( I'm up to book 28). It was the depth of the crime, the impact it had on the little girl nixie and most of all the way she affected Eve, Roarke and Somerset. I love the fact that we got to see more of Eve and Roarke's true feelings and hidden wounds. There were also some really humorous moments as they floundered with the concept of looking after a child, not to mention some really deep, painful and poignant emotional moments for them all. This one is a winner but of course you need to read at the very least books 1 to 4 to form an understanding and bond with the people in the series. Also, the narrator is in the top two of the many I have heard. . I cannot fathom how she consistently pulls off so many different voices! It really is like listening to a cast of actors. . The men actually sound like men, Roarke's Irish accent makes me melt.. and the other characters both male and female all sound unique. Amazing..
I cant recall off the top of my head as I am about 8 books further along in the series now..
I did both at various points in the book.. it really pulled at all types of feelings.
This is the first book/series that I have reviewed yet I have read and listened to over 200 books in the last year alone. . Ive enjoyed most of them and I have enjoyed many kinds of series in diverse genres, yet I have to say that this series is one of the best. Go get book one and be drawn into the drama, grit and heart of the 'in death' world.
As always the narration. It is back to its outstanding form.
Not quite but the plot was intriguing.
All the In Death series have been great with only a few exceptions.
Quite a few the scenes between Dallas and Nixie and also between Dallas and Somerset regarding Nixie were particularly moving as only Dallas can make them.
The author never fails to deliver. J.D. consistently provides a story that I enjoy from beginning to end and remember long after the novel is finished. Her characters are memorable and realistic and the plot is never without twists and turns for both Eva and Roark to complete the wonderful experience. Thanks yet again, J. D.
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
And that becomes the problem. The start of this book is a real attenton - getter. Yet three quarters in one starts to feel exhausted - exhausted from the endless passion, the high energy levels - and especially the intense exaggeration of EVERYTHING. Our heroine (who basically takes a stereotypical tough, hard strong, dominating MALE role) supported by her nurturing, caring, motherly, nauseatingly sweet, clever, rich, handsome husband, can't even remove her blouse. It needs to be peeled off. A headache is experienced as probing fingers The dialogue, laced with endless profanities becomes as tedious as the sex. The one dimensional cardboard characters fail to develop. The final 'climax' provides no 'crescendo' - just a sense of relief. The end! And no more JD Robb for me. I understand what makes classical music special - the rise and fall; the light and shade. This book just bangs on and on...But hey I guess I'm not the target audience. Maybe JD Robb is what James Hadley Chase was when I was young - and as a South African the colloquial American talk, slang and twang brings on one of those stabbing finger headaches...If I hadnt already purchased a Nora Roberts, I wouldn't be adding it to my basket. But mentioning to a 12 year old that I was listening to JD Robb lit up her eyes with envious excitement....So I guess its me who is unappreciative - not JD Robb whose recipe needs work...
I've been reading and/or listening to this series in order, so obviously I like them all. This one, however, is just PERFECT! The story has all of the classic components of romance, mystery, fun, and suspense of the series, but it has another element of intrigue and heart that makes the novel irresistable. Enjoy!
I loved Eve's relationship with Nixie, she always has a wonderful intuition with kids and they all end up loving and respecting her. I have listened to all the books. This is my favorite. I am crazy for all the regular characters, especially Mavis, Peabody and Somerset.
Susan Ericksen is a perfect narrator for this series I adore the voices she has given to each character. I find myself laughing a lot. The series is addicting, I'm on my second read through all the stories.
When Eve talks to Nixie about going to live with the Bransons
I have listened to the whole 'In death' series and this is my favorite
The mysteries in all these stories (I've listened to five) are first rate, the problem lies in the unrealistic relationship between Eve and Roarke, and the stupid sex scenes. These make the stories hokey. No one would put up with Eve, particularly not the richest, best looking and devoted male. She frequently acts like a child, and please spare me the excuse of her background, but he is so patient and thinks so highly of her, he puts up with everything.
I'm not prude but I don't care about their sex - I don't want it in a mystery - just allude to it. The mysteries stand on their own merit...
Couldn't put down
Eve (of course).
Hard to know she plays ALL of the voices! And, sounds so different in each of them. A true artist.
Lots of shocked disbelief and did make me cry.
I just purchased two more of J.D. Robb from Audible, while listening to one right now.