Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
Enjoyed this book, well-plotted and complicated. Only complaint -- I know that many individuals really appreciate the sex scenes, but I could do with a few less. They tend to be repetitive.
a lover of books and finer things
The mini Eve, Nixie.
All the In-Death series. Susan is a great performer.
I've listened to all the In-Death series and this was is on par with the beginning. Everyone's voice mirrored the original audio's some voices lately have been off but this one was perfect.
Eve thinking that she couldn't handle the child but she did just fine. Proving that what she thinks about kids isn't reality. The talk she and Roarke had about having kids was hilarious. Nice to know he sure about having kids but not far in the future and even "The Roarke" not knowing exactly how to handle Nixie. That was funny.
These two will come back to haunt her. They're just that evil.
I read J. D Robb books and love them all. This one in particular grabs your heart. A young child is witness to devastating murder and Eve promises justice. I love Susan Ericksen's ability to draw you into the story as she clearly acts each personality exactly as I imagined them to be in the paper books. I highly recommend the series and will be purchasing the audio versions for my E-book library.
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.