Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.
But Eve knows that there's no time to waste on the past, and with every passing hour her determination to bring the children safely home strengthens. Eve and her team find themselves following an electronic breadcrumb trail left by a boy desperate to escape the evil witch. Their investigation into the kidnapper's sordid past reveals violent coercion, ritualistic killings, and chilling bloodlust - making her terrifying plans for the children abundantly clear.
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Great short story. I love to see Eve's growth in interactions with each character and how she reacts to children. She has come a long way since Naked In Death the first book in this series.
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
More action than last book so that is a plus. Hopefully the last book was just a glitch and she will get back on track. Nice to have all the characters back in this book too.
As for S. Ericksen BRILLIANT as always!!
The narrator, Susan Erickson, brings characters to life, I am not sure I could read these books after listening to all of them.
Any J.D. Robb book
I teared up in the book with the children and any time Eve relives her childhood through nightmares. I did laugh out loud with Peabody figuring out that her family altered the fairytales that were told to her with the "New Ager Crap"
Good short story, this one was about a "Bat" crazy twin that goes after the "weaker" one and her family for revenge. It was well developed for a short story, but it is J.D. Robb so I am not surprised. A set of twins are kidnapped and I did sit on the edge of my seat "praying" that Robb would not kill the kids, because she has in some of her stories.... Anyway, this is a good one, and you get all the great characters appearing throughout the story. Robb brings back Agent Tisdale from HSO who worked with Dallas on a previous case. Worth the read!
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
In Taken in Death, J.D. Robb has created an engrossing story that keeps you engaged and rooting for the good guys right to the end. And all the good guys are back in this story -- besides Dallas and Roark, the investigation includes Peabody, Macnab, and all the members of Dallas's team. The plot depends on an old, often used plot device which I can't name without being a spoiler, and Robb has given the old device new novelty and shine. The mission in this book involves locating and rescuing two young kidnapped children, and the key to finding them turns out to be a child's toy.
The author manages to pour a lot of tension and suspense into a book that is only a bit over 3 hours long. Susan Ericksen's narration is excellent as usual, and the whole experience is well worth your time and token. Highly recommended.
This is probably her best short story. I'm not a fan of short stories- I think they leave readers unfulfilled. This one however, was pretty awesome. It was an interesting story and it was well told. Ericksen is brilliant- men, women, kids, accents- she can do them all.
I would always recommend J.D. Robb, but I would recommend that her books be read in order, since character development is so important. This shorter story leaves out a lot of the usual interactions and behind the scenes development. I felt that it was just a little "off" from her usual stories, as if she didn't have time to expand it fully. It even seemed to be read a bit more slowly than others in the series!
I liked the relationship between the twins: the communication that they had together. Would have liked more of it, though.
The end: the children showing their gratitude to Eve, who doesn't know how to respond.
I did listen to it in one sitting. Always want to, but usually can't because of their length.
I don't know why this book seemed to be abbreviated, but I hope Robb gets back to her usual detail and length. Nevertheless, she remains my favorite author.
It fits nicely into the series with a futuristic twist on a classic fairy tale.
After 30+ books, Susan Erickson has all the characters refined to the point of recognition by voice alone.
I have always loved the JD Robb series until a year ago. I feel that Nora is recycling plotlines and rushing out books that just are not her best work. I no longer run to Wal-mart the morning her books come out or put onto my audible wish list. If you have a credit, use it, donn't pay for this. You should buy something else.
This novella is just as powerful as the regular novels in the series. It's worth the credit.
I really like these stories. Even when they are predictable and you know the outcome, they are still entertaining. This one was a bit weak with not much time for Eve and Roarke to 'get together' and resolve things. That's just another phrase for sex. But even without that, it was a good read. The premise is that two kids are kidnapped, their nanny murdered, and at first we are to think it might be the mother but then rather quickly we find out that it is her identical twin. Then things get interesting but that's what the books all about so you'll have to read it. Needless to say, you'll enjoy it if you've read any of the earlier ones. If you are thinking of jumping in to this series, do yourself a favor and at least read the first book so you know how Eve and Roarke got together. It's well worth the price.
As usual, Susan Ericksen is awesome.
"Great continuation of Eve and Roarke stories"
This is a great continuation of the Eve and Roarke murder stories. I enjoyed the twist that found Eve trying to find the children rather than concentrating on the murder. A little bit low tech compared with other stories which made a nice change, whilst also keeping the character story lines moving forward without detracting from the story line.
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