Friday, February 27, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Creation in Death" by JD Robb

Creation in Death (In Death, #25)
Creation in Death by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Romantic Suspense

Berkley -- Published in 2008
Audiobook, 12 hours and 19 minutes
Read in February 2015
Purchased from Audible

Murder Mystery, Kick Ass Heroine, Secondary Romance

Eve has seen this crime scene before: the artfully arranged body of a young brunette, arms spread, palms up, body marked by the signs of prolonged and painful torture. Carved into her torso is the time it took her to die - in hours, minutes, and seconds. And on the third finger of her left hand has been placed a silver ring.

Eve is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier, when a man whom the media tagged "“The Groom"” put the city on edge with a killing spree that took the lives of four women in fifteen days. Eve and her partner Feeney, her friend and mentor, couldn't stop him before he disappeared, only to resurface in other parts of the world to kill and kill again. But now The Groom seems to have come back to where he started.

When it turns out that The Groom's most recent victim was employed by Eve's billionaire husband, Roarke, she brings him onto the case. A move that proves fitting when it becomes chillingly clear that the killer has made it personal. The corpse was washed in products from a store Roarke owns and laid out on a sheet his company manufactures. With the Groom's monstrous return, Eve is determined to finish him once and for all. Familiar with his methods, she knows that he has already grabbed his next victim.

But his sights are set on the biggest challenge of his illustrious career - an abduction that will test his skills and that promises to give him satisfaction as he's never known. Time is running out on another woman's life…and for Eve.

"Every once in a while, Eve though, life was really worth living."

I read a ton of books in this series last year, but took a small break recently so I didn't get overloaded.  Now I'm back at it and Creation in Death provided me with everything I expect from Eve, Roarke, and the gang.  The mystery was fascinating, the characters entertaining, and, as always, the audio narration from Susan Ericksen is impeccable.

This particular case was a difficult one to read due to its violent nature.  Basically, a serial killer that Eve and Feeney had hunted for nine years earlier has reappeared in New York and is terrorizing the city once again.  Now Eve is put in charge of the investigation and she assembles a task force to stop "The Groom" once and for all.  This plot really reminded me of something that could be on a Criminal Minds or Law & Order episode.  The villain is terrifying in both his predictability and the difficulties that the authorities have in getting a read on him.  It was great to see the task force work especially on something of this magnitude.

As always, the characters are what really shine in this book.  Eve is as kick-ass as ever and shows off her detective skills and her ability to handle the lead on such a high-profile case.  Her relationship with Feeney is looked at deeply here due to the fact that Feeney was the lead on the earlier Groom case and emotions run pretty high between them.  I think their pseudo-father/daughter dynamic is wonderful to read and this book brings that back to the forefront of the readers' minds.  It was also fun to see hairstylist/make-up artist/bane of Eve's existence, Trina, get to take a big role in the case.  And, of course, it is always a blast with the regular cast like Roarke, Peabody, McNab, Mavis,  Baxter, and Trueheart.

Creation in Death is both fascinating and bone-chilling so it is a worthy installment in the series.  The narrator continues to be fabulous and the characters are like family to me now.  I'm ready to dive back into this series and possibly catch up in the next year or so!


"You never were a rookie," he told her in a voice roughened with emotion. "So I saw good, solid cop the minute I laid eyes on you. I gave you a hell of a foundation, kid, a lot of seasoning and pushed you hard because I knew you could take it. You put yourself here. And I'm proud."

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.


  1. You are definitely tempting me to try this series out...and I keep hearing great things. So great review hun...I might just see if they have these books at my library. :)

  2. You really are getting through all these books so quickly. She writes so fast, and I know there are a lot in the series. I definitely need to look into these. Roarke seems kind of dreamy. :)


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