Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review: Apprentice In Death

Title : Apprentice in Death
Series : In Death #43
Author : J.D. Robb
ASIN : B019DHP654
Edition : Kindle (Released Sept. 6th, 2016)
Publisher : Berkley
Page counts : 384 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Thriller, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.52 (per August 21st, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : August 13th, 2016
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Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in a fast-paced new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.

Nature versus nurture...

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...

Apparently, I'm still not bored at all with this series. Although it's by far the longest series I'm following, I found myself surprised with Apprentice in Death. Almost 2 decades of the In Death series, and J.D. Robb is still rocking it.

It's January 2061. Lieutenant Eve Dallas has just finished one of the hardest cases in her life, because it involved Dennis Mira, a man she actually adores (Brotherhood In Death). And then a strange, and horrifying case comes across her and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody. Three people were shot in Woolman Rink. It appears to be random, but Eve digs deeper and learns a shocking truth.

When a murder cop ended up with a busy, billionaire businessman, quiet nights at home were like the biggest, shiniest prize in the box.

The sniper is apparently someone in law enforcement, and the sniper has an accomplice. An apprentice, to be trained to be a killer. And also, the apprentice seems to be a teenager. These killers have an agenda, and it's up to Eve and her team in homicide to stop them, before someone they actually know and care about is hit.

When the mystery around the sniper started to unveil, I actually got goosebumps. Aside from book 24 (Innocent in Death), J.D. Robb doesn't write about a young killer. And this young killer is as selfish and bloodthirsty. The crimes are pretty chilling in its nature, cold-blooded. The thriller elements in Apprentice In Death are gripping, and well-developed.

Sometimes I wonder how in the hell J.D. Robb manages to write so amazingly, two new In Death books in a year, without losing the element of surprise. It didn't bore me reading about Eve and Roarke's married life, still full of new discoveries and simple affections. The new characters (introduced in previous books) like DeWinter and Lowenbaum also made me want to read more about them, later in the book. Oh, and Bella Eve just reaches her one year mark, and the love she feels for Eve? It teared me up a bit when I read it.

Overall, there are no world-changing occurrence in Apprentice in Death, nothing that seems substantial for the next books. Except maybe the fact that Eve is getting more attached to Dennis Mira :) That's sweet, after all this books, she starts thinking more of family. Apprentice in Death also meets my expectations, and Roarke is getting more and more involved with Eve's job. Kinda funny, since he's a reformed criminal XD

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