Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Echoes in Death

Title : Echoes in Death
Series : In Death #44
Author : J.D. Robb
Edition : Kindle (Released February 7th, 2017)
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Page counts : 400 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.6 (per February 13th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : February 10th, 2017
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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES . . . The chilling new suspense novel from the author of Brotherhood in Death.

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk.

After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband—and walks into a brutal nightmare.

Their paths are about to collide…

When the young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve, still in glittering gown and heels, springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil” . . .

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked—and that he treated Daphne like a trophy wife—this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse as the first suspect. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Eve wondered, though she was Roarke's first and only spouse, if some considered her a trophy.

J.D. Robb did it again. Each case manages to be as chilling, as unsettling as before. Apprentice in Death was crazy because behind the cold-blooded murders, something simple was the motive. In this book? Sheer craziness is the only reason.

Before starting on the murder(s), let's take a look on the background. It's February 2061, a few days before Valentine's Day. Eve and Roarke has just finished going to a party, something Eve stills despises, because she needs to put on a dress, make-up, and fab shoes. Their marriage is still going strong, and they just redecorated their bedroom and home offices. Fast forward a bit, they're going home (and Roake drives, not like the other billionaires XD) and this woman stumbles in front of their vehicle.

"When I put it together it was too much like looking in a mirror, or hearing too many echoes."

Beaten, bruised, bloody, and later, they find out Daphne Strazza is a victim of robbery and assault in her own home, where her husband Anthony Strazza is found dead. Eve has to dig deeper in this case, since everyone she talks to about Anthony Strazza doesn't have good words for him. Even more so when Eve also finds another cases similar with this case.

"It's the blend of your objectivity, observations, instincts, and your empathy for the victim that makes you what you are."

Eve feels the echoes of her childhood in this case, and she feels deeper with this case than the others. Even though she's come a long way from Naked in Death, it's still painful, and I can definitely feels that in this book. Somehow, I'm more emotional in Echoes in Death. The case, is appalling, to say the least. J.D. Robb has made several screwed-up and crazy, out of their mind, mind-bogglingly psychopathic villains. But this? It tops the charts.

I don't know how Nora Roberts managed it. Seriously. I've only read several of Nora Roberts' works, and I can feel different touches as if Nora and J.D. are two different persons. The romance, although not scorching, is still hot and palpable. Not to mention, the humor, the twist, the characters. Are all endearing and perfect. I love the banters between characters, the glimpses of Roarke and Eve's married life, I also love the plotline. Unpredictable. After 44+ books (counting the novellas), I expected to be...less enthusiastic or even bored. But no! If possible, I fell deeper.

I love this book especially, because not like New York to Dallas, where the case affects Eve personally and too close to home, Echoes in Death hits close in different way, yet it only strengthens Eve and her skills as a detective. I also love seeing the development in Eve and Roarke, such as when Eve is trying to keep the Miras safe because they mean so much to her. And her endearing habit of putting on her snowflake hat from Dennis Mira XD It's like her personality and psychology are getting mature.

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