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Homicide detective Eve Dallas must untangle a twisted family history while a hostage’s life hangs in the balance - in the new In Death novel by New York Times best-selling author J. D. Robb.

The woman’s body was found in the early morning, on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong - like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.

Eve Dallas turns to the department’s top profiler, who confirms what seems obvious to Eve: They’re dealing with a killer whose childhood involved some sort of trauma - a situation Eve is all too familiar with herself. Yet the clues suggest a perpetrator who’d be roughly 60 years old, and there are no records of old crimes with a similar MO. What was the trigger that apparently reopened such an old wound and sent someone over the edge?

When Eve discovers that other young women - who physically resemble the first victim - have vanished, the clock starts ticking louder. But to solve this case she will need to find her way into a hidden place of dim light and concrete, into the distant past, and into the cold depths of a shattered mind. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2022 J. D. Robb (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Not her typical plot.

After creating 54 books you would think JD Robb would not be creating new twists and turns. This is the first book I've listened to in one day start to finish. My spouse and I listened together and kept arguing over who the killer would be. At different times we were sure we knew who it was, but JD Robb managed to surprise us both.

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Only disappointment is that I finished it by the end of the day it was rel

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This has been the worst in the series that I have had the unfortunate use of over 10 hours of my time

JB
Who wrote this for you, it was uncharacteristically boring. I mean 10 plus hours on that nonsense without any of the other characters that interplay in your stories.
Take some time next time and write a good book.

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In death series

Susan did it again…..she is the only one to be the narrator for this series. And Nora always come up with fantastic ideas for new story line for this series. I buy the 📚 books too, besides listening to them. If you want to listen/buy the books start with book one, don’t skip around the series. Each book adds new characters,they are murder mystery stories with sadness and humor and love.Love ❤️ this is the only full series I have read from beginning to end. I hope Nora keeps on writing this series. Only suggestion I have is add some new characters,don’t get me wrong I love ALL the characters in the stories…..don’t want to lose one. Have a good night 💤🐼🐼🐼🐼🐼🛌

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Disappointing

Compared to the rest of the series this is disappointing.
You start out with too much time in the head of a suicidal druggie unwed mother and then from the POV of a female kidnap victim before she is murdered and Eve Dallas and Peabody have a case.
The rest of the book is the investigation linking these events with occasional changes to the POV of another of the kidnapped women.
There are no major developments in the continuing cast of characters we have grown to know and love and the techniques being used to track the mentally unstable killer we have seen before. Eve is growing better at dealing with memories of her own early childhood trauma.
OK, but too much time with unpleasant people and the depiction of the mad villain is less realistic than we have seen before.
The only promising thing is that J D Robb is setting up another visit to Ireland with Roark’s relatives and a luxury Greek vacation in a future book or two. Two young people are now interns and we may see more of them in the future.

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Who actually wrote this…..book…..

It doesn’t seem like the characters in this book are the same as her other books. They are completely lacking in what makes them great.
The storyline is very hard to follow. It’s confusing, too weird.
This is probably the last of the Eve Dallas books for me

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Excellent

JD Robb has hit it out of the ball-field again. Excellent book! I would recommend.

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bad reader

wonderful as usual but the reader is not, as usual.
the reader just does not have the right tone. sound.

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Repeat?

I feel like I have read this Robb plot before. It was a tad predictable, and nothing interesting happened on the personal front, either. It wasn’t bad, but felt like filler.

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Another Winner

The in Death series is wonderful and the characters feel like family. Susan Erickson
brings each one to life. As always I will eagerly wait for the next book.

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