Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Visions in Death" by JD Robb


Visions in Death (In Death, #19)
Visions in Death by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Romantic Suspense

Putnam -- Published in 2004
Audiobook, 11 hours and 18 minutes
Read in July/August 2014
Purchased from Audible

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

SUMMARY
As technology and humanity collide, Detective Eve Dallas searches the darkest corners of Manhattan for an elusive killer with a passion for collecting souls...

On one of the city's hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park-and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of the lake. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes- removed with such precision, as if done with the careful hands of a surgeon-that have Dallas most alarmed.

As more bodies turn up, each with the same defining scars, Eve is frantic for answers. Against her instincts, she accepts help from a psychic who offers one vision after another-each with shockingly accurate details of the murders. And when partner and friend Peabody is badly injured after escaping an attack, the stakes are raised. Are the eyes a symbol? A twisted religious ritual? A souvenir? With help from her husband, Roarke, Dallas must uncover the killer's motivation before another vision becomes another nightmare.



FIRST LINE
"She'd gotten through the entire evening without killing anyone."

MY THOUGHTS
Another entertaining and heartbreaking installment in the In Death series!  Visions in Death involved a serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and strangled victims then taking their eyes for trophies.  Homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent into a detailed and brutal investigation that shows how cruel people can be to others.  Anything to do with eyes always freaks me out so I had a hard time reading about the bodies in this book, but JD Robb kept me listening late into the night like always.  Here's some of the main aspects I want to mention about this particular story:

1. I loved the addition of a sensitive (psychic) into the investigation.  Eve is such a by-the-book realist that it was fun to see her discomfort with this new tool that has just fallen into her lap.  Celina Sanchez is a fascinating character and I thought she blended well with the group.

2. Peabody and Eve's relationship is one of my favorite aspects of this series.  They have really grown as friends and now partners.  This book includes a major stepping stone for them when Eve finally reveals her past to Peabody.  Anybody who has read this series knows how protective Eve is of her childhood issues so the fact that she feels comfortable enough with Peabody to tell her is true progress.  This friendship is tested even more later on when Peabody's life is put in jeopardy.

3. With all the rape and death, this book was in serious need of some lighter moments.  Parents-to-be Mavis and Leonardo were the perfect people to bring the humor back to Eve and Roarke's life.  Their request of these two was so wonderful and yet provided such terror in Eve and Roarke that I found myself laughing out loud in my car.  Children are just not their strong suit and it is fun to watch both of these assured, confident people rendered speechless by a tiny pregnant woman.

4. Eve had to rely on a ton of her friends and associates to solve this case.  The grand scope of it forced her to lean on everyone from Roarke to Feeney to Nadine.  She even had to ask for assistance from Summerset which you know will irritate her until the end of time.  I love how JD Robb uses these relationships to show how much Eve has grown since Naked in Death and that she understands how close she was to losing it before meeting Roarke.

5. Susan Ericksen is fabulous as always.  Her ability to bring so many characters to life and make it seem effortless is definitely admirable.  I hope she continues narrating these until the very end.


4 STARS


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

FAVORITE QUOTES
"You know, darling, if caffeine ever makes it to the illegals list, you’re going to have to register as an addict.”
“They try to make coffee an illegal, I’ll kill them all, and it won’t be an issue."


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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2 comments:

  1. You are making me really want to try these books. I've read a lot of Nora Roberts' books, but never these. They do seem a little dark, but I'm still curious. Glad you enjoyed this.

    Also, stuff about eyes freak me out too!!!

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  2. This was one of my favorites from the series. I love them and the baby stuff too. So funny and endearing too :)

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