When Eve was actually investigating
It amazed me that it took this so-called detective over 2/3 of the book to think to interview the person that I figured she would interview first. I guess J. D. Robb has quite a following, based on the positive reviews but I found it plodding and boring. I think this genre of not-quite-romance but not-quite-mystery is popular among some readers/listeners. If you like a fast paced book with a believable detective, look elsewhere.
OK, slow, average
Never download another J. D. Robb book
What has made this series most enjoyable is the rich family of characters Robb has developed. The storyline seems flat without the full cast being included. Let's face it, the cops and robbers plots in this series aren't as good as other crime writers. The series relies on the side stories of the people.
The futuristic slant is flawed and very questionable. It feels outdated.
I am disappointed because I have read and reread a lot of this series and it has been a favourite - not so sure now.
This book was very single layered. Most of the in death books have subplots going on throughout the story. This one didn't. It made for a very shallow read. Not something I could sink my teeth in.
The narrator also took about 1/3 of the way into the book to recover her character voices that she has established so well in all the earlier books. I've always loved this narrator but in the initial chapters both Dallas and Peabody sound whiney and flat and very very unlike their characters.
I have been very disappointed in Nora Roberts writing in general in the last several books she's written. I just hope that she doesn't go the way of Patricia Cornwell and become an author that just writes the books to fulfill contractual requirements. Maybe she just had an off year. With the number of books she has written she should be allowed some leeway and support. I will still count the months until the next release.
if I were a 12-year-old female in junior high school this book might appeal to me. Of course I would have to be a intellectually challenged as well. Don't read this book
I think that this is a book written by a woman for women. Maybe I am too old to appreciate it. The main character does not ring true to me. She is a beautiful, rich police lieutenant married to a handsome, wealthy man and all she does is complain. Ugh! Not believable.
Write her main character more realistically. I can't really see much futuristic about this novel written about the future--they call watches wrist units and computers units--other than that, which just seems annoying, I don't know what is so futuristic.
She wasn't my favorite reader, although she did many of the characters very well.
I liked the scenes with Dallas and her husband--if only she didn't always seem so put out.
The story was interesting, but all of the complaining by Eve Dallas got in the way.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
I would love a new series from J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts. I think she is a great writer, but I'm not a fan of this series any longer.
I cannot stand Eve Dallas. I think her character is the worst example of police entitlement. No rules apply to her like comman courtesy or politeness because she's a cop! I am so tired of her back story and that's why we have to cut her some slack. I cannot stand the Eve/Roarke scenes because they feel so unbelievable and contrived. I kept reading the series because I liked all of the other characters, Peabody, Sommerset, MacNab, Mavis and Dr. Mira. Eve is just so unlikable, abrasive and arrogant. I have family members who were police lieutenants and a few were homicide and I'm embarrased by her actions and the way she talks to people. In a word, she's a bitch.
The voices. All the woman have two tones, stupid and even more stupid.
I always enjoy the scenes with Peabody, but there wasn't enough of the other characters. Too much Eve as far as I'm concerned.
I've read every Nora Roberts & JD Robb book, and I'd pre-ordered this one. It was NOT good. It was painful to sit through. What happened Nora? I'm returning it. The narrator did what she could with weak material.
Yes, since I love all her other books.
Not as long as Susan Ericksen was the narrator.
The narrator made the voice of detective Peabody sound like she was stupid or mentally challenged! She also made the voices of other female characters sound like they were idiots as well. The book was also way too drawn out! Couldn't wait until it was over.
I always relisten to books in a series to get refocused on the timeline before the next one coming out.
Dallas & Rourke are growing more & more comfortable with their relationship & making things work together. I'm so glad that they can skip the arguments as to how involved Rourke should or should not be in the investigations. Also he realises that she must do things on her own without him hovering. It is a very comfortable fit now, yet without feeling like something is missing.
The very end! (I won't spoil it by telling you why ;p)
Susan Ericksen = brilliant. She IS this series and all its characters.
J.D. Robb = brilliant. I love everything she writes under this pseudonym, HOWEVER, this was, by far, my least favorite of all of her books. It felt a little bit empty -- like she wasn't really into it this time and was just plodding along 'cause she had to. Please keep in mind that I am comparing her to herself and this did not resonate like all the others.