Monday, July 7, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Imitation in Death" by JD Robb


Imitation in Death (In Death, #17)
Imitation in Death by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen
For Ages 18+ (Violence, Language, Sensuality)
Romantic Suspense

Berkeley -- Published in 2003
Audiobook, pages
Read in June 2014
Purchased from Audible

THEMES
Murder Mystery, Alpha Hero, Kick-Ass Heroine, Secondary Romance

SUMMARY
The summer of 2059 is drawing to a sweaty close when a killer makes his debut with the slashing and mutilation of a prostitute. He leaves behind a note addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, commending her work and inviting her to participate in his game...and signs it "Jack." Now Eve is on the trail of a serial killer who knows as much about the history of murder as she does, and he's paying homage to some of history's most vicious, and infamous, killers, beginning with Jack the Ripper. But who will he choose to emulate next? And will Eve be able to stop him before he decides to finish the game by coming after her?

FIRST LINE
"Summer of 2059 was a mean and murderous bitch who showed no sign of lightening her mood."

MY THOUGHTS
Imitation in Death starts off with a licensed companion who is brutally murdered and mutilated in the manner of Jack the Ripper.  This begins a chain of events which requires Lieutenant Eve Dallas to go head to head with a copycat killer who is slowly and methodically making his way across the city.  I absolutely loved this installment with its creepy killer and plenty of new developments for the In Death cast.

1. I really liked the idea of a copycat serial killer and how it provided interesting details about the history of murders.  Readers never knew what was coming next because the killer was always changing things up.  Because of this, there were multiple suspects and it took time to narrow them down.  Eve is a great detective so it was wonderful to see her work with such a difficult case.

2. Eve is forced to play politics in order to figure out the identity of the killer which is always fun to read.  She is so devoted to her job that seeing her in a situation where she isn't comfortable is always intriguing.  Most of her main suspects are prominent men in high profile positions which takes some careful maneuvering to make sure they don't figure out what she is doing next.

3. On a more personal note, Eve has one of her dreams involving her mother.  Her father is a known issue for her so it was interesting to see things change up.  The more that I learn about Eve the more impressed that she is as kind and strong as she is.  She is the true definition of moving beyond her upbringing to do something good.  I also like how Roarke tries to help her deal with these new revelations especially with what he recently learned about his own mother.

4. Eve and Roarke continue to be an amazing couple who understand one another and always have the other's back.  They also are so similar in the situations that make them uncomfortable which makes for some of the funniest scenes of the series.  Specifically, I'm thinking about the cookout scene at Dr. Mira's house which had me laughing the entire time.

5. The major thing that happens for the secondary cast is Eve's aide, Peabody, getting ready for her test to become a detective.  I love all the preparation she was doing and how both Eve and McNab tried to calm her down in different ways.  Peabody is just so awesome that I loved seeing her get her own storyline.

6. Susan Ericksen was amazing as always.  She truly knows these characters and just performs the hell out of them.  JD Robb's books are great on their own, but Ericksen makes them stand out even more.


4.5 STARS


STEAM LEVEL
Flush -- Detailed descriptions of lovemaking though nothing overly graphic.

FAVORITE QUOTES
1. "Women are the worst. They zero in on some guy. Oh boy, he’s the one, gotta get me that one. So they do. Then they spend the rest of their time trying to figure out how to change him. Then if they manage it, they’re not all that interested anymore, because guess what? He’s not the one anymore." Peabody was silent for several moments. "Somewhere in there is a lot of good sense."

2. "You know how I love being referred to as your fancy piece.”
“Sometimes you’re my love muffin.” He managed a strangled laugh. She could, at the oddest times, surprise him.


BOOKS IN THE SERIES
There are too many to show here, but I'm providing a link to the Goodreads listing and the listing from JD Robb's website.

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