One of my favorite series... Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb in the "In Death" series. The latest is Survivor In Death, and as usual I enjoyed it a lot. Not quite her best, and a slightly different structure, but still good...
Dallas gets tagged on a scene where a family has been murdered at night in a military-style operation. Everyone's throat is cut except for the daughter, who happened to be down in the kitchen getting a soda and was overlooked. She's able to call 911 and crawls through the blood of the parents to hide in the shower of the master bathroom. When Dallas finds her there, it brings back all the pain and suffering of her own abusive childhood, and she has to figure out how to deal with that. The child is taken into Dallas and Rourke's home for protective custody until they can find the killers. But few clues are left, and people related to the case are getting killed as the murders try and finish their job. Dallas has to figure out who did the killings, why the family was killed, keep the girl safe, and not have a total emotional breakdown in the process.
This story seems to deal with more human emotion than most in the series. The child's situation and how Dallas responds to her is a central theme in the book. Summerset, the butler, also plays a much bigger role here than in most of the books. The strange part is how little time is spent viewing the actions of the killers. Often the story lines play out on both sides (cop vs. killer) and merge together at the end. In Survivor, it's almost as if the killers are simply decoration for the emotional conflict playing out in the Rourke household. Not necessarily bad, but not quite the same fast-paced action as I'm used to seeing.
Definitely a good read, and I still rate this as one of my all-time favorite series. This one's just a bit different, however...
Book #23 in the In Death Series. Another great book. This book had the potential to be the best in the series, however, Eve's ever increasing sensitivity issues ruined it's perfection for me. As the Swisher family is brutally murdered in their sleep, their is a lone survivor and witness, their young daughter Nixie. In the beginning Eve embraces the child reluctantly when she finds her in the home hiding. You feel Eve can relate to her terror. Then when … more
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