Wednesday, August 6, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Divided in Death" by JD Robb

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

Berkeley -- Published in 2004
Audiobook, 12 hours and 44 minutes
Read in July 2014
Purchased from Amazon

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

Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service and a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend.

But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent. Eve's instincts tell her that the murder scene looks too perfectly staged, the apparent answers too obvious. And when she digs for more, she discovers that at nearly the exact time a kitchen knife was jammed into the victim's ribs, the passcode to his art studio was changed - and all of the data on his computer deliberately corrupted.

To Roarke, it's the computer attack that poses the real threat. Signs show that this is the nightmare his company has secretly been preparing for. He and Reva have been under a code-red government contract to develop a program that would shield against a new breed of hackers, the Doomsday Group. These techno-terrorists with brilliant minds and plenty of financial backing hack into systems, steal data, and corrupt computer units on a large scale - and kill anyone who gets too close.

Eve and Roarke must infiltrate an extraordinarily secretive government agency to expose the corruption at its core, before the virus spreads from one office to a corporation to the entire country.

"Killing was too good for him."

Divided in Death was one of the more difficult installments to read for me.  It had nothing to do with the quality of the writing or the story.  What made it so hard was the situation that Roarke and Eve found themselves in.  I adore this couple and watching their passive aggressive fighting was just taxing on my fangirl psyche.  But, back to the general story, this book focuses on global espionage with one of Roarke's security experts possibly being framed for murdering her husband and his lover (her best friend).

1. I loved the introduction of Reva Ewing and how readers were able to learn more about Roarke's work.  Reva is the daughter of Roarke's loyal admin, Caro, so we get quite a bit of information about the inner workings of Roarke Industries beyond just the security arm that Reva works in.  Both of these women are strong and admirable especially in their reactions to the situation.  I really felt for Reva as more secrets were revealed about her marriage as the case moved along.

2. Eve's past is always a key aspect of her personality and it (unfortunately) rears its ugly head once again.  Some previously unknown information is revealed through Roarke's handy cyberhacking skills and causes some obvious turmoil.  While these scenes are always hard to get through, I always come out of them admiring Eve's strength of character and her devotion to her current life.  She has as much of an excuse as anyone to mope around and curse the world, but she never does.  She just keeps plugging along trying to right as many wrongs as she can.  This is one reason she is one of my all-time favorite literary characters!

3. The reveal of Eve's past causes some major issues for Roarke and his relationship with Eve.  As an alpha male, Roarke struggles with his overwhelming desire to exact revenge for Eve's past.  This starts a rift that last through most of the book where Eve and Roarke circle around one another in regards to the revenge element and their personal views on the law.  Things get patched up (as I expected), but it took a little longer than my psyche wanted.

4. The side characters are as evident and fascinating as always.  Divided in Death has Peabody and McNab continuing to grow closer as a couple, Mavis reeling from the fact that she is actually going to be a mother soon, and even medical examiner Morris showing his less than cool side after a body goes missing from the morgue.  I also have to mention the adorableness that is the relationship between Dr. Mira and her husband, Dennis.  They truly seem to be moving into the roles of surrogate parents (plus Feeney) for Eve at a time where she desperately needs it.

5. I say it in every review, but I can't not mention it.  Susan Ericksen is a freaking genius narrator when it comes to this series.  Her talents are always on full display and she hasn't faltered yet for me.  I always feel like I'm listening to a performance rather than a reading which is what I want in my audiobooks.



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

"Whatever happened to me back in Dallas, I came out of it. I'm standing here because of it. Maybe I have everything that matters to me, including you, because of it. If that's true, I'd go through it all again. I'd go through every minute of the hell to have you, to have my badge, to have this life."

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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