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Abandoned in Death: 54 Audio CD – Unabridged, 8 February 2022
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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 bestselling 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 The clothes, decades out of date.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 sixty 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
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- Publisher : MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (8 February 2022)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250835488
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250835482
- Dimensions : 12.75 x 2.84 x 15.19 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 394,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Things hit close to home for Eve in this one. A body is left in the playground near where Mavis and her family, and Peabody and McNab are renovating their new home. It also brings up Mommy issues for Eve and I was glad to see she dealt with them extremely well. Eve even had a bit of payback to her own self as a child, which I found adorable.
I loved catching up with a host of characters that I really adore and seeing the progress on how their lives are moving forward. Having Jamie being a part of this was also fun. There is also a couple of characters that show a different side to themselves.
The interactions between everyone were as usual a pleasure.
But the story itself, though sad that two women lost their chance at a future, held little tension or edge of the seat excitement. I would have to say it pretty much coasted along with hardly a ripple for me.
The killer was a good twist and I will say I for once felt sorry for what happened to cause his snap.
But the biological mother’s viewpoint that we are given, by going back in time, just made me dislike her and find her a coward. If she had been a decent person, she would have not hidden with the doctor but tried to find out who she was, rather than have six decades of a happy life.
To then do what she did out of guilt was the trigger for the killer.
This book follows Eve, Roarke, and the gang as she hunts a psycho who, abandoned by his mommy, seeks revenge on her memory. Very gripping!
I still enjoyed it a lot ,because i know and love the characters.Must be hard to write over 50 books on the same people,very clever.
Where is the cagey, edgy tone and the almost abrupt style of writing? I actually believe that this has been written by a ghost writer - either that or Ms Roberts has run out of steam. I have read every Nora Roberts & JD Robb books and her most recent works just seem to have lost the spark.
I’m really disappointed and feel more than a bit let down.
Interestingly, the reviews on the US amazon website, for the most part, tend to agree with me.
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If this book is to be believed, Eve and Roarke are coming up on their THIRD wedding anniversary. I thought they were upto about they're 6th/7th by now. I mean how could they have all that's happened (books written, vids released, families found babies growing up) all within a three year period. It just doesn't vibe.
I really should have stopped reading the series way back, loyalty and hope for some forward movement have kept me coming back but the price of the books these days are making it difficult.
This is not.
I loved it.
Didn’t pick the killer.
Thought the twist in the middle made sense but understood when it didn’t.
Love how it’s explained.
It’s been a while since it’s been done from the killers point of view. I both love it and find it creepy.
They are definitely interesting reads.
Love the little character arcs and progressions. Wish they would move a little faster, but that’s how she write them.
I cannot recommend this enough.
Was a stella read. Would have done it in a while sitting if I had had the time.
Cannot wait for the next one.
Initially I got them from my local library then I bought them all for my kindle. That has been a lot of money but I have read them frequently.
Last year I settled down and read them all in order. Absolute bliss.
Eve, Roarke, Peabody, McNab...I won't name them all...are real to me. I see them, hear them, enjoy them. If anyone makes a movie of them I will never watch it because nothing could take the place of my imagined cast.
Okay not a proper review. There are dead people and people who could easily end up dead. Eve's team, including Jamie and Quilla now, work their way through a never-ending tangle of potential clues and very few suspects.
I will admit to not liking the perpetrator when first introduced to us but I would not have added the name to the suspect list. Neither does anyone else till Dr Morris notes that one of the dead was wearing false nails.
Yep, false nails. Quite some jump from that to murder. The denouement is a classic.
I would recommend this book obviously to fans of JD Robb also to anyone who enjoys police procedural books which have a regular cast of characters. This book can be read as a stand alone however I think these books are addictive. So Enjoy.