I truly loved this book!! It was good from the beginning to the end. I finished it in a day lol. I couldn't stop listening to it. JD Robb did an amazing job as well as Susan telling it. Of all the books so far in the series, this one has been my favorite. All of the books are extremely addicting but I loved this one!!!
Survivor in Death starts off with a major tragedy. Almost an entire family is murdered in their beds with only a nine year old girl as a survivor. Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team set forth trying to find the two people who could stoop so low as to break into a family's home in the middle of the night and kill off three adults and two young children without even breaking a sweat. The main focus of this investigation involves finding a motive for killing the family before Eve can even begin to discover who the killers are.
This was a very difficult book for me to read, mostly due to the fact that two of the victims were children (ages 9 and 12). I liked the unique aspect of this particular case and the interest associated with having a young survivor like Nixie Swisher. There were a variety of clues to aid Eve such as the obvious skills of the killers and the fact that both the mother and father worked in the customer service industry as a nutritionist and as a family lawyer. Nixie's memories of the event also proved helpful though there was the added aspect of keeping her safe when it appeared that the killers were trying to complete the job.
Eve's discomfort with children was on full display in this book. Her interactions with Nixie were often painful to get through, but I thought that was purposeful. Social communication just isn't Eve's strong suit especially with young ones. It also didn't help that she was forced to rely on Sommerset to keep Nixie entertained and safe while she was living in her and Roarke's house.
Thankfully, Eve has her competent and ever-entertaining team to help her with the child and the case. I love the evolution of Peabody's relationship with Eve as a friend and as a partner. She is definitely not afraid to speak her mind and that helped a lot in this book. Trueheart, Baxter, McNab, and Feeney also make their standard, but always fun appearances. I also adored the scene where Mavis popped in to check on her biggest fan (Nixie). Roarke is just as sexy and helpful as ever though his comfort level with children is barely above Eve's.
I thought Survivor in Death was another successful book that was impeccably narrated by Susan Ericksen. I keep waiting for JD Robb to slip up with one of these In Death books, but I haven't come across one yet. They are truly amazing in their entertainment value, their character development, and their ability to always keep the reader coming back for more.
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.
Tell the story
You know the phrase "Deep down inside", referring to someone who really is supposedly nice or loving, but just doesn't show it? Is the concept worth almost 400 pages? "Survivor in Death is devoted to, and has every conversation, about this ridiculous adolescent attitude.
The main character, Eve, is continuously reassuring herself or being reassured by others. And I mean CONTINUOUSLY. Now, just in case Eve (or J. D. Robb) didn't get it the first 300 times, I'd like to add: "You can do it, you are alright, just let it go, everybody knows you are a good person, DEEP DOWN INSIDE."
It's enough to make you nauseous after the first time, but every chapter? Come on J.D. have a heart for the reader too! Making them endure pages and pages, chapter after monotonous chapter, of contemplating and mulling and dwelling on Eve’s past, and present, and her pain, or her man, or psychiatrist, contemplating with her…
But then, thank goodness, Robb gives Eve a quick break for sex with the man who must be insane to even be there. And the pillow talk is about, what? Poor Eve. Poor Eve. We must protect poor Eve.
This could have been an intriguing story if only Robb had gone on with the story. But for all those hundreds of pages, no solid progress is made in the case for the readers to do some crime solving of their own.
First, what genre would it be? Possibly Romance Novels? In that case, yes. I am totally turned off from the genre of Romance Novels masquerading as Mystery Fiction. In this, I think Robb has a genre all of her own and I am very turned off by it.
I became certain of Robb's unique genre, when I had an unexpected wake-up call!
It happened right after starting Part 2.: I forgot to press ‘pause’ when I stopped listening (about a half-hour before). I put the earplugs in and prepared to rewind--- but I had not missed a thing! Eve was, again, dwelling on her damaged childhood, and the man who loved her anyway, and how wounded she was, and how to go on with life, and how strong she must be, and on and on and on.
Yes, readers, she was fine. She would be strong and fine. Fine. Deep Down Inside. Fine. Strong. OMG
I don't know who these people are who gave this book 5 stars. I'm perplexed. I guess we won't be best friends and that's ok.
She could have recommended editing Robb's redundancy, but that's not her job. She was fine.
If it weren’t for the narrator it would be unlistenable. She did well with the material given to her with passable accents and gender changes.
Readers, I am so hurt, so deeply wounded. I will never, ever, read this woman, J. D. Robb again. I now carry that with me. But I must be strong. I will, yes, WILL get past it. Yes, readers, I am all the more determined!
Deep down inside, I know I am strong. As long as others believe in me I can be strong for them too. I will not allow this book back into my life, or question whether this terrible experience will rule me! I will let only one man love me, and he alone will know me...
Oh. Sorry. I got carried away. It happens. But unlike J. D. Robb I did not get carried away for hundreds of pages, and then have the audacity to sell it.
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.