Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan - and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas' strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories - and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back - and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2005 J. D. Robb; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
I think this is one of my favorites from the In Death Series. I really like Norah Roberts and when I read everything possible by Norah Roberts I decided to try JD Robb because I am huge fan of her other books. I had never listened to audio-books but these are highly addicting. Susan Ericksen does a really entertaining job with the narrating. I tried to read one of these books and stopped after 2 chapters to go fine the audio-book so I could get the feeling back in the characters. I think Lieutenant Dallas, Eve is absolutely wonderful and who wouldn't love sexy Roarke. The picture I have in my head when Roberts describe him sizzles, especially with there chemistry. I can't wait till October for the next one to be available. I sometimes wish Peabody didn't sound so weird but I guess you can only do so many female voices. I think this whole series rocks.
I love all of the books in the "In Death" series. This books has to be one of the best stories, Dallas is called on to a crime scene where a whole family is killed with military precision. Then Dallas thinks there is something out of place, who called in the crime scene. Then why is there two backpacks and two pairs of shoe in the little girls bedroom. So she looks closer she notes that the shoes are two different sizes. There is one child that is missing. Dallas and her team must find out why someone wanted to kill a whole family, at the same time keep Nixie safe.
This story made me cry, the character of Nixie makes the whole story. She is able to put Dallas on edge, because she does not know what to do with children. But Nixie wants to be with Dallas, she feels safe with her. But Dallas is not the only one Nixie has become attached too. The whole of Dallas team has fallen in love with Nixie, even Summerset is taken with her.
J.D. Robb has a way of writing stories that put all the characters in it, in to problems that they are not use to. Making on going character building, along with the love story that is woven in to the story line. This book might be over 12 hours of listening time but you will not want to stop.
I'm 45 yrs old. I love reading/listening to books and work at a University library, unfortunately we don't read all day.
The Inclusion of a young child as a main character made this really enjoyable. Eve is always so hesitant in her dealings with children, so to have a plot where Eve and Roarke are in such close proximity to this character is brilliant.
I don't like comparing books with others, each is separate from the other.
To make an attempt at similar types, though, perhaps Tami Hoag books could be of similar type. Readers could also try Kate Kingsbury, Ann Charles, Elizabeth Lowell is another favourite and there are others to be found.
Also it might be pertinent to write that J D Robb is actually Nora Roberts (for those who don't know) and Nora has written some really good mysteries under her own name, i.e., Angels Fall, Sanctuary, Hot Rocks and others. These are good reading as well. Don't know if they are all available as audio but some are.
Nixie Swisher the little girl who plays such a large part in the novel. I think she was performed really well and drawn as a character really well, too.
This was a really good one. I couldn't put it down, so to speak. But it really is a tear jerker. I found myself crying often for the young girl who survived and the others that did not. One of my favorites in in this series.
Always after books that read well in the tractor!
Another great installment in the series! I especially love the interaction with the side characters, and Eve's reaction to having a kid! Being a mother myself, the way she treats the young girl is both horrifying and hilarious and so in-character for Eve.
Really shows that Eve and Roarke aren't quite ready to have kids of their own yet.
There is something about the J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) In Death Series that I can't put my finger on. It intrigues me somehow. The format is repeated in each and every story and the characters never seem to lose their edge. Sometimes a character can become stale after so many books into a series, but not the In Death Series. Susan Ericksen is the voice of Dallas. There were a couple books I think she had a cold or wasn't into it, but definitely back in top form, because Peabody is Peabody, Dallas is Dallas and Rorke is Rorke. I don't know exactly why, but I am hooked! Oh I know because I have to know who the candy thief is! Anyone know if we ever find out?
Thrilling, Realistic, Emotional
She's amazing. She has a different voice for each character and I can't imagine anyone else reading these.
The description of the girl witnessing the murders was tough to get through. It brought tears to my eyes several times.
Survivor in Death starts off with a major tragedy. Almost an entire family is murdered in their beds with only a nine year old girl as a survivor. Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team set forth trying to find the two people who could stoop so low as to break into a family's home in the middle of the night and kill off three adults and two young children without even breaking a sweat. The main focus of this investigation involves finding a motive for killing the family before Eve can even begin to discover who the killers are.
This was a very difficult book for me to read, mostly due to the fact that two of the victims were children (ages 9 and 12). I liked the unique aspect of this particular case and the interest associated with having a young survivor like Nixie Swisher. There were a variety of clues to aid Eve such as the obvious skills of the killers and the fact that both the mother and father worked in the customer service industry as a nutritionist and as a family lawyer. Nixie's memories of the event also proved helpful though there was the added aspect of keeping her safe when it appeared that the killers were trying to complete the job.
Eve's discomfort with children was on full display in this book. Her interactions with Nixie were often painful to get through, but I thought that was purposeful. Social communication just isn't Eve's strong suit especially with young ones. It also didn't help that she was forced to rely on Sommerset to keep Nixie entertained and safe while she was living in her and Roarke's house.
Thankfully, Eve has her competent and ever-entertaining team to help her with the child and the case. I love the evolution of Peabody's relationship with Eve as a friend and as a partner. She is definitely not afraid to speak her mind and that helped a lot in this book. Trueheart, Baxter, McNab, and Feeney also make their standard, but always fun appearances. I also adored the scene where Mavis popped in to check on her biggest fan (Nixie). Roarke is just as sexy and helpful as ever though his comfort level with children is barely above Eve's.
I thought Survivor in Death was another successful book that was impeccably narrated by Susan Ericksen. I keep waiting for JD Robb to slip up with one of these In Death books, but I haven't come across one yet. They are truly amazing in their entertainment value, their character development, and their ability to always keep the reader coming back for more.
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