Friday, August 22, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Survivor in Death" by JD Robb

Survivor In Death (In Death, #20)
Survivor in Death by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Romantic Suspense -- 2059 New York City

Berkeley -- Published in 2005
Read in August 2014
Purchased from Audible

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

The only thing that kept young Nixie Swisher from suffering the same fate as her parents, brother, housekeeper, and young sleepover companion was the impulsive nine-year-old's desire for an illicit orange fizzy at 2 a.m. Taking the bereft girl under her wing, Eve is determined to make sure the killers don't get the chance to finish their lethal job. From the first, however, the investigation is baffling. The Swishers were a nice family, living on the Upper West Side in a house with an excellent security system. Ordinary almost to a fault, they seemed unlikely victims for this carefully planned and executed crime. Valuables at the scene were left untouched, there was no sign of vandalism -- just the corpses of five people murdered in their sleep.  

"A late-night urge for an orange fizzy saved Nixe's life."

Survivor in Death starts off with a major tragedy.  Almost an entire family is murdered in their beds with only a nine year old girl as a survivor.   Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team set forth trying to find the two people who could stoop so low as to break into a family's home in the middle of the night and kill off three adults and two young children without even breaking a sweat.  The main focus of this investigation involves finding a motive for killing the family before Eve can even begin to discover who the killers are. 

This was a very difficult book for me to read, mostly due to the fact that two of the victims were children (ages 9 and 12).  I liked the unique aspect of this particular case and the interest associated with having a young survivor like Nixie Swisher.  There were a variety of clues to aid Eve such as the obvious skills of the killers and the fact that both the mother and father worked in the customer service industry as a nutritionist and as a family lawyer.  Nixie's memories of the event also proved helpful though there was the added aspect of keeping her safe when it appeared that the killers were trying to complete the job.

Eve's discomfort with children was on full display in this book.  Her interactions with Nixie were often painful to get through, but I thought that was purposeful.  Social communication just isn't Eve's strong suit especially with young ones.  It also didn't help that she was forced to rely on Sommerset to keep Nixie entertained and safe while she was living in her and Roarke's house.

Thankfully, Eve has her competent and ever-entertaining team to help her with the child and the case.  I love the evolution of Peabody's relationship with Eve as a friend and as a partner.  She is definitely not afraid to speak her mind and that helped a lot in this book.  Trueheart, Baxter, McNab, and Feeney also make their standard, but always fun appearances.  I also adored the scene where Mavis popped in to check on her biggest fan (Nixie).  Roarke is just as sexy and helpful as ever though his comfort level with children is barely above Eve's.

I thought Survivor in Death was another successful book that was impeccably narrated by Susan Ericksen.  I keep waiting for JD Robb to slip up with one of these In Death books, but I haven't come across one yet.  They are truly amazing in their entertainment value, their character development, and their ability to always keep the reader coming back for more.


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

He stepped to her again, laid his lips on her brow. "But I want children with you, my lovely Eve. One day."
"One day being far, far in the future. Like, I don't know, say a decade when...Hold on. Children is plural."
He eased back, grinned. "Why, so it is--nothing slips by my canny cop."
"You really think if I ever actually let you plant something in me--they're like aliens in there, growing little hands and feet." She shuddered. "Creepy. If I ever did that, popped a kid out--which I think is probably as pleasant a process as having your eyeballs pierced by burning, poisonous sticks, I'd say, 'Whoopee, let's do this again?' Have you recently suffered head trauma?"
"Not to my knowledge."
"Could be coming. Any second."

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