The incomparable J. D. Robb presents the latest moving and suspenseful novel in the number-one New York Times best-selling Eve Dallas series.
In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.
After a little digging reveals that the place housed a makeshift shelter for troubled and homeless teenagers back in the mid-2040s, Eve tracks down the people who worked there. Between their recollections and the brilliant work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the skeletal remains. They are all girls. A tattooed tough teenager who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.
Everyone has something to hide. And when Eve discovers a stunning connection between the victims and someone she knows, she is even more driven to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary - and to find the evil concealed in one human heart.
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After the bloodbath of "Thankless in Death" (I know the title should be in italics or underlined, but I can't get it to work!), this book was a welcome relief. I'm looking forward to seeing how the new forensic anthropologist will fit into future novels. Even though this book lacked the drive to solve-the-crime-before-the-next-body-turns-up, I loved the interaction between the recurring characters and hope to see some of the new characters again in later books. I just enjoyed the book. I look forward to each new book and the chance to interact with Eve and Roarke at least twice a year. And Susan Ericksen just nails the audio. Every time!
There was a gentleness to this novel. Eve is growing and putting her past behind her. I loved the way she dealt with Qwilla and the families of the murdered girls. Even the ending I found very touching. Sad, but very moving for me. Can't wait to see what happens in the next installment of this series.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I listen to the New York Times book review podcast and they said that as soon as “Concealed in Death” was released it went straight to number one on the NY times best seller list for fiction. This book is a bit different from the other books in the series as it deals with a cold case. This is the first time Eve has been on a cold case. It also means this book is less tech-y and more about traditional police work. The book starts with Roarke swinging a slug hammer into a wall and uncovering 12 skeletons of teenage girls who died 15 years ago. The building once contained a shelter for trouble teens. Roarke industries have purchased the old building and were in the processes of doing a remodel/rebuild of the building. Mavis plays a larger role in this book as she reveals more about her past life as a street kid. She apparently knew several of the girls that were murdered. Some new characters are introduced in the book Garnet De Winter Ph.D. who is the forensic anthropologist and a skilled facial reconstruction artist who is pregnant. Also playing a key role is two of my favorite characters Charlotte Mira M.D. and her husband Dennis Mira. The change to a cold case, more of a traditional police work, new characters adds freshness to the series. There is a layer of poignancy to this tale that adds a depth to the intriguing procedural. I am amazed that J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) can keep coming up with ideas in this long running series. I first read this series out of curiosity to see what the author envisioned the future to be like. The narrator of this series, Susan Ericksen, is absolutely magnificent.
A very good book with a strong plot. However, the narrator changed Mavis' voice from previous books which made it difficult to tell whether she or Dallas was speaking. She should go back to the original!!
A great, classic-style Eve Dallas story, with all the main characters: Mavis, Peabody, Roarke, etc. Almost no horrifying, graphic violence (I had to fast forward through half of book 37, when she was writing from the killer's perspective, bc it was too disturbing and unpleasant - and I swear, I'm not usually squeamish about that kind of thing!)
Totally satisfied by this installment in the series!
I really wasn't sure who did it, why, and how etc. I had lots of theories and I was trying to figure it out till almost the end.
Eve, as always.
Skip book 37, if you haven't already read it. 37.5 was good, and this one is great.
Yes I am a huge J.D. Robb fan. I am never disappointed by any of the in Death books, and this one is no different. I know that others feel that this book was not written by Robb because Dallas isn't the Dallas from past book. I agree she is not the same. This is book 38 years have gone by in the story, and she is in a really good place. Life is good for Dallas. She would have to change. She would have to be in a different place. Change is good.
I didn't see all the change in things said that makes others feel the book was not written by Robb. I am amazed that she has done 38 books and that they are still good. Others have trouble with writing more then three book series.
This is a good book and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it.
I know the series. I am a big fan of Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb.
Like my title it is better than I thought. Some books of the books in the title have been strained but this one worked out. The plot twist were interesting. It didn't flow they way I thought and I am actually glad about it. Some of books were predictable. This was really good for book 38.
Ms. Ericksen performance has always been great.
Some people believe it is time to end the series. I admit I have had those thoughts as well. This book was good enough to change my mind. I like Eve and Roarke and it might be time for them to move on. But I would like for J.D. Robb to consider doing a spin off. There are other detectives in the NYPSD. The near or distant future is very entertaining and fun.
This was a great book. I am a fan of the In Death series, Robb does an awesome job- it's amazing to think that there are so many and she does such a good job at keeping them entertaining, (granted some are better than others). This book was more focused on the crime committed than on the characters that we've come to love. There wasn't as much banter and interaction with the supporting characters as there is normally because it was more focused on the crime- but that doesn't make it less of a book. A nice addition to the series.
Eve, Rourke, and gang just keep getting better and better. I was VERY thrilled to have Mavis back in the mix. I have missed her and it was great to get some back story on her. Did miss Feeney and Peabody's main squeeze though. I've always enjoyed all of the interactions of main cast; however, I suppose, it's just like life that the relationships and envolvements in cases ebb and flow.
This is one of my absolute favorite series in Audio; It’s a winning combination of a fabulous author with an amazing narrator. I’d read every book in this series up unitl a few years ago, then I fell a few behind. So I thought what the heck, I’ll try one in Audio and catch back up. I wound up buying EVERY single book in audio just listen to Susan Ericksen breath new life into these characters for me! She’s THAT good! She’s built personality into the voices of each character and you can SEE their faces while you’re listening. LOVE it!
Nora Roberts, aka J.D. Robb, changes the tone of the In Death books often. If you’re a fan, you know exactly what I mean. While each book focuses on a case, some books will make you laugh, some will you leave you shaking your head at humanity, and some will really just make you sad. For me this was one of the Makes Me Sad cases.
Roarke has just purchased an older building that he has plans of restoring. Taking a personal interest he’s there when the demolition begins ~ and the bodies are found sealed into false walls. For he wife Lt. Eve Dallas the bodies of the young girls found are HER’s. She always takes a personal interest in the dead…they now belong to her. This case in particular touches her on a deep level, as these girls were orphans, abused, children who started life under the worst of circumstances in most of the cases; and Eve can so relate. She’d begun her life that, only unlike these girls she’d had the chance to build something else in her life. And she’s determined to find out who stole that chance from these girls…
This one focus’s hard on the relationship between Eve and Roarke, and Eve’s relationship with her bestie Mavis Freestone. It’s been great to see Eve open up and accept people and love into her life throughout the series, and we really get to see the contrast between the now and what once was in this one. While it left a lingering sadness on me for Eve, Roarke and Mavis, I loved every second of this story. Couldn’t quit listening!
I will say that if you’re new to this series this isn’t the place to start.
While I believe you’d totally enjoy the story you’d miss so much of the full series arc that runs through that you couldn’t possibly enjoy it as much as you SHOULD. There are some in this series that are stand alone. This isn’t one!
yes I would it was great, it was so good to see that Eve is finally starting to soften down a bit, her abbrasive ballsy attitude had started to wear a little in the last few books, got a bit fed up with the shootum up endings. This was a more plausible ending, that sometimes you have to accepted the best of what you can get.
all the other In Death Series books they are very good, I have read them all.
You can just imagine the characters her voice is so good to listen to, she brings all the books to life, and having the same narrator for all books just makes the series work that much better.
Keep along these lines Nora as making Eve more human is certainly a better way, makes her a more interesting character.
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