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.
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.
Someone who thinks all book characters need to have the voice of cartoons or muppets! Someone who thinks insulting accents make for a good read!
Might be a good story, quick read/listen but couldn't really get into it because the narration was so distracting and jarring.
She took the widest, most stereotypical fake accents and applied them broadly to each character! Sounded like Boris and Natasha meets Goofy meets Joe Pesci all directed around by Wonder Woman. I know the 7 years olds in the story believe in fairy tales but really!!!.......
Frustration - I think the narration did a HUGE disservice to the book. I don't know whether it was just Ms. Ericksen or the director of the narration who is to blame but adult books call for a little less "shtick" and more sophistication or else the themes, plots and characters get lost in the amateurish overacting.
While you may want to try it on Kindle or actual book form, don't even waste a penny on this narration.
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Terrible is the best thing I can say about this Book! This is only the second book out of over 300 in the last 4 years that I found just to poor to finish!
This is a short story propelled by cliche, hitting all the notes expected in a detective story without the forming the basis to arrive at these cliche moments. Everything character action seems unearned or rather takes logical leaps in detective work to arrive at the the correct answer. Inserting a sex scene in the hours before two missing children are going to be killed was the prime example of this need to include all stereotypes of a detective story. Not worth the $2 sale price or the time to listen.
I despise sci-fi, so I didn't like it as well as I thought. It is a good story if you overlook the 'telepathic communication'. I think audible.com should give a better feel for what to expect.
The narrator was a bit too lispy for my taste, but she did an AMAZING job on all the different voices and accents.
If I had paid more than $1.99 or had to listen much longer, I would be upset. It did keep my ears occupied during a 3 hour run, but I should have listened to my self breathe. The characters are just stupid - there were so many obvious plot holes and character inconsistencies that I couldn't engage with the story.
I really have said it all when it comes to the In Death series in all of my previous reviews. So simply put great, love Eve and Roarke, can't wait for the next book.
I really liked this story. It totally gave me the shivers all the way through it. I have a twin sister, and I called her afterwards to tell her about the twins in this story. I think it was just the right length for the story. I am sometimes reluctant to get short stories because I am afraid the plot won't be resolved. However, that isn't the case with this story.
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