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.
©2014 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I wouldn't consider this book to be one that you would want to listen to multiple times. Don't get me wrong it was a good book. There seemed to be some threads that were not followed through on.
Susan Ericksen is the best narrator/performer that I have ever heard. She is incredible with each character. I can't imagine anyone else that could read this series. Susan makes this series better.
This was not one of Robb's best. I was bored and has to listen to it twice, it just didn't grab me. A couple books in this series was borderline boring, this one made the mark.
Yes, of course!
She is good and body else and this book would have tanked.
Yes, Susan Ericksen brings the book to life.
I don't have a favorite. After 38+ books they're all family.
When Dennis gave Eve the hat and gloves.
Another great from JD Robb! I'm ready for the next one!
Of course I would J.D.Robb has an awesome track record.Only 2 duds out of 38
The repetition.The same basic storyline 12 times. Where were Feeny and McNab.Where was the steam.
The read was so slow I check to see if my Ipod was on slow or normal.
"DISAPPOINTMENT" Because the storyline held such potential.
This is one of my favorite series and I hated for it to end bc I know I'll be waiting for the next book. I also REALLY love the narrator's voice, Susan Ericksen! Well done Nora!!
J.D. Rob (Nora Roberts) has found something to write about in every one of the "In Death" stories The only two books I found truly distressing were "New York to Dallas" and "Thankless in Death" (reason being the amount of horrible and gruesome descriptions of the crimes were very difficult for anyone who's ever experienced any brutality to themselves or family member) I couldn't finish those books.
All the characters and especially Dallas......and Mavis but all of them make the stories amazing
I've heard Susan Ericksen narrate other books as well and for this series I don't think I could imagine anyone else doing the narrations as well She is the entire cast of characters. Go Susan.
When telling a parent that their child who's been missing is dead, that just chokes me up, especially the way Ms Ericksen expresses emotions.
Some of the "In Death" series I found hard to listen to because of the intense descriptions of brutality. (only about 4 books) But in every book there are always twists and turns, and they usually come up at the very end. Waiting for book # 39
Once again J D Robb has delivered. This series always leaves me anticipating the next one. Susan Ericksen has, as always, nailed the voices and emotions to the wall. Can't wait for the next one.
Yes, only because I am invested in Eve Dallas from all the other books.
Not if they haven't read all the others.
Previous books were better.
NOT THIS ONE. AND NO ONE.
Something happens in the writing this time. It does not come across as the same people we love from the early books.
I have always enjoyed J.D.Robb's books. This one was lacking. Eve's attitude with the man that helped Mavis was irritating. this book bored me to tears. I normally finish a book in a day. It has taken me 2 days to listen to this one and I am still trying to finish it. I am also very tired of hearing about Eve's childhood. Can't we have one book where we do not have to hear about all the crazy. Let's move in a different direction. She is too judgmental and a hypocrite in this book. Not a good read at all!
No, I still like these types of books. I just don't like this one at all
I love Susan Ericksen. She's not the problem. Just the writing.
Can Eve move on and enjoy her life as it has become? Can we have a story line that doesn't wrap around Christmas. All of them seem to. There are other holidays...I don't want the series to end, but can she have a baby and we see how she responds to having her own family?
The wonderful narration by Susan Ericksen was the salvation of this book. Without the familiar voices and inflections, I might not have recognized this as a J. D. Robb/Nora Roberts product. The parts were all there, but the story was slow and bloated. This was not an exciting or action packed murder investigation with an active suspect. Much as real-life investigations differ from crime dramas because they drag on and can be tedious, this book's plot was more real than dramatic.
The traditional In Death checklist was followed: Unresolved murder(s), check. Roarke's properties or acquaintances involved and/or Roarke assisting, double check. Peabody assistance and humor, check. Dr. Mira assistance and motherly support, check. Childhood abuses revisited and reconciled, check. Eve’s humorous attempts to figure out marriage rules, check. Summersett being a pain in the butt, check minus. Baxter, Truehart, Mavis, McNab, Morris, Nadine show up with varying degrees of humor, multi-check. Coffee, chocolate, pizza and Pepsi, quadruple check. The characters were familiar although many were missing this time around. It isn’t always necessary to see everyone Eve knows in every book, so I did not mind the missing characters.
The single notable exception to the formula, an active menacing protagonist, apparently makes a huge difference in the tone and pacing of the story. There was no suspense or danger, and the book suffered from the lack.
This was a fair book and an entertaining listen, but not great.
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