Series : In Death #44
Author : J.D. Robb
ASIN : B01GNYVS52
Edition : Kindle (Released February 7th, 2017)
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Page counts : 400 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.6 (per February 13th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : February 10th, 2017
Eve wondered, though she was Roarke's first and only spouse, if some considered her a trophy.
J.D. Robb did it again. Each case manages to be as chilling, as unsettling as before. Apprentice in Death was crazy because behind the cold-blooded murders, something simple was the motive. In this book? Sheer craziness is the only reason.
Before starting on the murder(s), let's take a look on the background. It's February 2061, a few days before Valentine's Day. Eve and Roarke has just finished going to a party, something Eve stills despises, because she needs to put on a dress, make-up, and fab shoes. Their marriage is still going strong, and they just redecorated their bedroom and home offices. Fast forward a bit, they're going home (and Roake drives, not like the other billionaires XD) and this woman stumbles in front of their vehicle.
"When I put it together it was too much like looking in a mirror, or hearing too many echoes."
Beaten, bruised, bloody, and later, they find out Daphne Strazza is a victim of robbery and assault in her own home, where her husband Anthony Strazza is found dead. Eve has to dig deeper in this case, since everyone she talks to about Anthony Strazza doesn't have good words for him. Even more so when Eve also finds another cases similar with this case.
"It's the blend of your objectivity, observations, instincts, and your empathy for the victim that makes you what you are."
Eve feels the echoes of her childhood in this case, and she feels deeper with this case than the others. Even though she's come a long way from Naked in Death, it's still painful, and I can definitely feels that in this book. Somehow, I'm more emotional in Echoes in Death. The case, is appalling, to say the least. J.D. Robb has made several screwed-up and crazy, out of their mind, mind-bogglingly psychopathic villains. But this? It tops the charts.
I don't know how Nora Roberts managed it. Seriously. I've only read several of Nora Roberts' works, and I can feel different touches as if Nora and J.D. are two different persons. The romance, although not scorching, is still hot and palpable. Not to mention, the humor, the twist, the characters. Are all endearing and perfect. I love the banters between characters, the glimpses of Roarke and Eve's married life, I also love the plotline. Unpredictable. After 44+ books (counting the novellas), I expected to be...less enthusiastic or even bored. But no! If possible, I fell deeper.
I love this book especially, because not like New York to Dallas, where the case affects Eve personally and too close to home, Echoes in Death hits close in different way, yet it only strengthens Eve and her skills as a detective. I also love seeing the development in Eve and Roarke, such as when Eve is trying to keep the Miras safe because they mean so much to her. And her endearing habit of putting on her snowflake hat from Dennis Mira XD It's like her personality and psychology are getting mature.