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.
©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Better voice acting. The narration from the point of view of the protagonist is fine, but all of the supporting characters are horribly voiced. The main character's boss sounded like a Muppet and the female character, Peabody, sounded like Barney Fife. The rest had overdone stereotypical bad accents.
I haven't made it to the ending. I am forcing my way through it so far. I don't know if I'll make it all the way.
The story itself seems a little thin, but not bad. The only complaint I really have about the story itself is that the 7 year old children seem to talk more like they are about 3.
Say something about yourself!
I am getting bored with the In Death series. Feels that Robb can't figure out what to do with Eve and her circle of friends. This Story is short so I gave it a go. It's nothing special. Same old thing. Eve and her team of cops and of course her husband. Not that its bad, just need something to fix the boredom!. I did finish it and I was entertained. I am on a Zombie kick so this was a short story to fill the gap between listens.
As always can't go wrong with Susan Ericksen. I am surprised that I haven't noticed a change in her reading. Thought perhaps she would get bored to. But I can't hear it if she is. Well done!!!
I'm a retired 2nd grade teacher and avid knitter. I love listening to books while I drive or knit.
I liked the very satisfying ending, and boy, was I glad to get there. I disliked the endless internal monologues by Dallas and the madwoman.
No. It tried to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller, but just turned out creepy.
Flexible, rich, uninformed.
Yes, get my credit back.
Roberts seems to have just about run out of story lines for this series. The narrator was great on voices, but the "Swedish" accent was a laughable caricature. She mispronounced the kidnapper's name all the way through. Modge. Really? All in all, a ho-hum listen.
The story is too cliche.
I don't even want to finish. Can't stand the "voices" the characters sound like idiots.
This is the first book I've read from the death series. As a story, it doesn't pose a problem. However, it probably would have added more to the enjoyment of the book to start from the beginning of the series and know the background of all the main characters. But this was a short and easy read, so it was a quick introduction to a J.D. Robb's book. It's suspenseful and entertaining.
On my long commute I have become addicted to audio books. I listen for hours daily!
Robb maybe, Ericksen absolutely not. Her performance was so bad I didn't want to finish the book. I had to force myself.
The Peabody voice sounded like a stupid teenage boy on drugs. It was so grating.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
A nice quicky to listen to between intense listens...I would love more of the story though. Susan Erickson reads so well and portrays these characters so fluently from book to book, it would not be the same with out her!
I listen to audiobooks when I'm driving so I need stories that keep me interested without getting too complicated or confusing. This was a great example of that kind of book. It would be hard to follow without having read some of the other J.D. Robb books, but if you like this series, you'll like this edition.
The story is very similar to the other books in this series.
I found the narration very distracting. Some of the accents were really over the top. The character of Peabody, for example, sounded weirdly like Barney Fife for no reason. I doubt I'll download any other books narrated by this performer.
I was so glad that this book was more of a traditional Eve Dallas story, unlike book 37. I hated book 37. This is a good story, nothing earth-shattering, but good. Fun to listen to, good characters etc. I'm glad I got it.
Keep your mind active.
For a new J.D. Robb reader, this is not the place to start. Go back to the beginning. For those familiar with the characters, this is a good short story full of suspense, the usual high tech SciFi combined with good detective sleuthing set to the back drop of New York. If you enjoy the J.D. Robb series, you will enjoy this book. It will keep your attention and before you know it, the story will be over.
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