This is now the third book missing all the other characters. Where is Summerset, Mavis, Mira,Galahad, Candy thief etc? It is now just a murder story, and even though there is Thanksgiving bash at Eves, the last 5 minutes mentions a few people there, and thats it. Again, all the interaction with the friends that have been developed over the 34 books is missing. It is also becoming very boring that every murderer calls all women whores, and cunts, its getting old, there has to be more than that. All the fun is gone, I used to laugh when I listened to her books, even the great sex with Rourke is missing. There is no human interaction any more. Maybe its time to end the series, or bring back some fun. It is now just another murder story, and not that great either.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a bit different than prior books in that we are following the killer in the beginning of the book. Dallas is a more mature in this story. She did not rant at anyone "this is MY case I am the primary on this case." She also wins the Medal of Honor for the police department. Roarke's family is coming to visit from Ireland for Thanksgiving and this adds some humor and family moments to the story. Love the Irish accents! Nixie the little girl Dallas rescued in a prior book gives Dallas a picture and essay she did about Eve. This scene was great. Over all this is a book is more balanced between work and family than in prior books but the violence is a bit more graphic but still it fit the story. Susan Ericksen really makes this series work she is super in her narration. The book (and series) makes a good easy read and a break from more serious books. If you are a fan of the series you will enjoy this newest addition to the story line.
I LOVE this series and all the main characters. I absolutely hated this book though. I get that Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb was trying to do something a bit different, showing us everything from both the killer's perspective and Eve's perspective.
There were two main problems with that though: 1) By the time you're at book 37 of a series, the readers/listeners are all invested in the main characters, so it's disappointing to have half the book really be about someone else, and 2) The parts written from the killer's perspective were just really unpleasant and twisted. I'm not squeamish; I like true crime novels etc., but I had to fast forward through most of those parts.
It was truly just disturbing, hearing the killer be all happy and joyful as he did such depraved and cruel things. Sure, that's how the killer actually felt, but I didn't need to hear it. That's not what I expect from these books.
Skip this one. It doesn't help advance any overarching story lines. Books 37.5 & 38 were both good though.
Susan did a great job as usual. It's too bad she had to read such degrading stuff aloud.
Really, skip this one. I only got it bc. I've read/listened to every book in the series and felt like I should give it a try. I wish I had skipped it myself, since I can't ever un-hear it!
Listening to the story was not the problem. Susan Ericksen is excellent as usual. I find no fault with her narrative skills. The content is what I can't deal with. If I had to put a label on this, it would be 'torture porn'. I can't recall when I've been repulsed more.
There is way too much explicit violence IMO. I fell asleep at one point and when I woke, it was when the antagonist was abusing an animal. That ended it for me. I know this stuff happens, but I don't want to read about it.
Again, I have no problems with the narration. Susan is among my favorites. She never disappoints.
Do you have all day...?
I sincerely enjoy the 'In Death' series and until this installment, had been very happy and excited to get each book. Before I purchased this one I checked reviews and thought that some of the lower starred reviewers were being a bit sensitive. They weren't. I can only hope that the next one will redeem the series. Can't say that I'll be holding my breath though.
I love this series. Writing reviews is not something I am great but I felt I had to with this book. So many people had said they didn't like it, or they just knew it was ghost written. Yes it was a different format then the other books, yes we didn't hear from everyone during the course of the book. All the main characters were there, and support characters are just that support characters they don't have to be in every story every time. Because Robb did a different format in this book than others she did not need to have every supporting character in the book which I know upset some people. Everyone showed up and gave their support when needed in this book.
I didn't think that Eve and Roakes relationship seemed any different. I know some people that reviewed the book felt as though the relationship has changed. They have been married for a little bit now you can't be in the honeymoon phase forever. Characters have to change and develop. I think it shows they have grown together. That Eve is comfortable in her life and where she is in that one.
Again I enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book in the series to anyone. This book and the series has everything I could want. Susan Ericksen is another great performance. She brings every character to life.
My only issue is now I have to wait for the next one.
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
I love this series. I know it's hard to make each book spectacular in a series with 37 books. This one seemed to be formatted a bit different though. There was less Eve & Roarke & a lot about the killer. I missed the side stories of the other characters. It seemed to me that Eve has lost some of her edge in this book and is getting softer. I like to see Eve as her usual kick ass self. I just wish there was a bit more about the other characters and Roarke's family comes to visit and we don't see much about them either. It was mainly Eve and the bad guy. Other than that it was a good listen, wanted more edge and action.
I kept waiting for it to pick up. I kept waiting for the twist. I kept waiting for MORE. I thought the idea of "captaincy" was going somewhere. But all you get is more violence. I want the old style, the mixture of crime story, personal lives, etc. Hope springs eternal so though I'd like not to buy another one in this series I probably will get at least one more before I give up entirely. Please, please, please go back to the ensemble type books.
Yes, I always enjoy these books, but I found the scenes with the murderer very difficult to listen to. It seems like this book was trying to shock me with the details of the murders.
No, but I hope this goes back to more characters and less detailed violence.
I didn't have one in this which is unusual. I found it difficult to listen to this more than once because of the descriptions of the violence.
This narrator is my FAVORITE reader. I have friends and family who read this series and I tell them they are missing so much. When Susan portrays Roarke or Peabody it is truly classic. I love the irish brogue of Roarke and his family. This story brought many of the former characters together that we remember and love. I'm not sure that a newcomer would enjoy the story as much. But for the loyal fans this was a Thanksgiving treasure.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
J.D. Robb's books are usually suspenseful but not horrifying. This one tips over the edge with the perpetrator, truly thankless son, student, boyfriend, a total psychopath! In the wake of all the school shootings, random deaths, and other tragedies appearing on the news, this book really hits home.
Even the continuing story of Eve Dallas is not enough to soften the impact of this novel.