Instantly, she's plunged back into the past, to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized girl - trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits in front of her, smiling.
Trudy claims she just wanted to see how Eve was doing. But Eve's husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise - and his suspicions prove correct when Trudy arrives at his office demanding money in exchange for keeping the ugly details of his wife's childhood a secret. Barely restraining himself, Roarke shows her the door - and makes it clear that she'd be wise to get out of New York and never bother him or his wife again.
But just a few days later, Trudy's found on the floor of her hotel room, a mess of bruises and blood.
A cop to the core, Eve is determined to solve the case, if only for the sake of Trudy's bereaved son. Unfortunately, Eve is not the only one to have suffered at this woman's hands, and she and Roarke will follow a circuitous, dangerous path to find out who turned this victimizer into a victim.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2006 J. D. Robb; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
"This is number 22 in a series that still manages to feel fresh." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ericksen reads the dialog in a punchy style that suits the writing and her pace matches the excitement of the action." (AudioFile)
I've really enjoyed reading JD Robb's In Death series. I decided to listen to this one as I had a ridiculous amount of housework to do that I couldn't put off while I curled up with a good book. I enjoyed the listen. The reader does a good job with voices, accents, etc. Many of the characters didn't sound as I expected. Peabody is far more goofy in the audio and McNab is so very dorky. I'd also love Roarke's voice to be more manly. But she does a fantastic job with the accent and these mild concerns didn't stop me from ordering Kindred In Death, the newest JD Robb, from audible. The second listen was even better as I knew what to expect re: Peabody and McNab.
Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken
I am a big fan of the "In Death" series, and this is one of my favorites. Three reasons why:
1. There are no gruesome serial murders; one of my few complaints with this series is that too many of the plots hinge on serial killers. Motivations for the murders here are straightforward.
2. We learn more about Eve's tragic back story and see a new, vulnerable, and totally believable side to her character.
3. We get to attend Eve and Roarke's Christmas gala, and watch amused as the socially challenged Eve helps with the arrangements for "this .... thing .... tonight." ("It's called a party," the patient Roarke responds.)
All in all, a great way for fans of Eve, Roarke, and friends to get into the holiday spirit!
I enjoyed the look into Eve's past. More than just the stuff we get in every book regarding her father - but more about what happened after she was put into the system. I'd love to see more of this kind of thing in the books... and less of the stuff before she was 8.
Yes, It is a good story revealing Eve's past. She remembers so little. It is always so interesting when she does.
Again I like the way Eve and Roarke work together. Even thought It takes Eve a while to let Roarke help her. She is always so independent.
Eve and Roarke
When Eve realize that she was pushing away the one who is on her side all along.
Love there books. I read them over and over.
Memories can take you back to places where you never wanted to see again. When Dallas has someone from her past waiting for her in her office. She can't stop her mind from going back there. But now that Trudy Lombard is dead, Dallas must find her killer.
Dallas and her team are trying to find a killer that could be anyone that Trudy has used in her past and the few clues are going nowhere. With Christmas in just a couple of days everyone in the city seems to have clocked out for the holiday. Will Dallas be able to give any answers to Trudy's son before he goes back to Texas.
This book is important for many reasons but mostly because it reveals another formative period from Eve's troubled childhood and how she comes to terms with it when confronted. It also shows how far her character has come, and the underlying decency and courage that have always been there despite the horrors of her past. I think this one of the essential tomes in the series and is always done with an infusion of wonderful romance with Roarke and humor with her cops. Peabody and McNab were adorable in this one.
great story and I love the way Erica reads it. but i do think that there could b more inflection in her voice when she moves from character to character. but I love the story and I have listened too others read J.D. Robb books and they stink
Always after books that read well in the tractor!
Yet another one that really puts things together. I, for one, did not see through it to the true villain until the end.
As it was, had intriguing glimpses into Eve's backstory.
Yes. I love the way Susan Ericksen brings these characters to life. Added to the character development genius of J.D. Robb and you almost always can count on a hit.
"Brilliantly drawn foster mother from hell"
I find this one hard to come back to because the character of Trudi, the manipulative foster mother, is just so awful. But at the same time she is a masterly creation and quite compelling. And Eve's sucker-punched response is convincing too.
Not the strongest of her plots, but well written and very well read, with the usual good combo of humour and drama.
The story for the last book didn't really grab me, but this one I read in one day. Excellent book, story and narration there really isn't much else to say but a real winner.
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