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Abandoned in Death (In Death, 54) Hardcover – February 8, 2022
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Homicide detective Eve Dallas must untangle a twisted family history while a hostage’s life hangs in the balance―in Abandoned in Death by New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.
The woman’s body was found in the early morning, on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong―like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.
Eve Dallas turns to the department’s top profiler, who confirms what seems obvious to Eve: They’re dealing with a killer whose childhood involved some sort of trauma―a situation Eve is all too familiar with herself. Yet the clues suggest a perpetrator who’d be roughly sixty years old, and there are no records of old crimes with a similar MO. What was the trigger that apparently reopened such an old wound and sent someone over the edge?
When Eve discovers that other young women―who physically resemble the first victim―have vanished, the clock starts ticking louder. But to solve this case she will need to find her way into a hidden place of dim light and concrete, into the distant past, and into the cold depths of a shattered mind.
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First Edition (February 8, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 125027821X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250278210
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.55 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2022
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Our protagonist, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYC police department, arrives at a crime scene at a playground near friends Mavis and Leonardo’s new house. Joined by her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, they find the body of a young woman with vintage make-up, hair, and clothing and a note written in crayon saying “Bad Mommy”. With clues pointing to an older antagonist and no records of crimes with a similar MO, how will Eve, Delia, and the team solve the crime? Learning that other young women have recently vanished, they know they need to solve this case quickly.
Time spent with Eve, her husband Roarke, and Eve’s colleagues is always entertaining. Eve is definitely a compelling and three-dimensional character. Her need to serve and protect comes through in every book, but the underlying impetus for this is best understood by reading this series in order. Due to the way Eve was raised, she often doesn’t understand commonly used phrases and this comes into play a few times in this book making her seem more real and less perfect. As always, the interactions between Eve and Roarke are enjoyable and bring a different facet of Eve’s personality to light. Many of the reoccurring police characters play significant roles in this book. In addition, readers also get to see a bit of their private lives. I especially enjoyed seeing the character development of intern Jamie Lingstrom. Additionally, I was delighted to see a different side of Detective Jenkinson near the end of the book. As always, Dr. Mira’s psychological profiling, Morris’ autopsy results, and Roarke’s computer skills, as well as Eve and Delia’s efforts, work against time to solve the case.
The writing is fluid and flows well. The prose is suspenseful and engrossing in this intense race against the clock. A thought-provoking, stunning, deeply involved, and tragic plot gripped this reader immediately. It is appalling in places and uplifting in others. Will you guess the identity of the killer? This one was a surprise to me. As always, the interview segment near the end of the story is compelling. Seeing Eve and Delia working it together with Dr. Mira added another dimension to it.
Robb manages to embed humor in her novels, providing some much needed levity to offset some of the more serious and grim aspects of the story. She brings strong characters, great plots, wonderful relationships, and excellent pacing to this series. Themes include murder, justice, and family dynamics, as well as standing up for the innocent and the dead.
If you enjoy engaging near-future police procedurals with some romance and humor, then I recommend this series. This is the fifty-third book in the In Death Eve Dallas series and I have read all of them up to this point. Overall, it is entertaining, and over time, it is like spending time with old friends. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and are not biased in any way. Publication date was February 8, 2022. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.
Something different about this book also is that Eve did not exchange insult with Summerset. It’s getting annoying.
So, conclusion? Just the usual same old same old.
The "NOW" starts with a captive trying to remember who she is and how she got into her current situation. Dallas and company's part starts with the discovery of a body in a park near what will be the future home of Mavis and her family, as well as Peabody and McNab. A woman dressed in clothes from early in the century, with a sign that says Bad Mommy.
Then they discover a second woman is missing, a woman who could be a sister to the victim, and then a third. So, with Doctor Mira's assistance they determine that they are looking for someone in their 60's, with mommy issues from long ago, who had a triggering event recently.
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If this book is to be believed, Eve and Roarke are coming up on their THIRD wedding anniversary. I thought they were upto about they're 6th/7th by now. I mean how could they have all that's happened (books written, vids released, families found babies growing up) all within a three year period. It just doesn't vibe.
I really should have stopped reading the series way back, loyalty and hope for some forward movement have kept me coming back but the price of the books these days are making it difficult.
This is not.
I loved it.
Didn’t pick the killer.
Thought the twist in the middle made sense but understood when it didn’t.
Love how it’s explained.
It’s been a while since it’s been done from the killers point of view. I both love it and find it creepy.
They are definitely interesting reads.
Love the little character arcs and progressions. Wish they would move a little faster, but that’s how she write them.
I cannot recommend this enough.
Was a stella read. Would have done it in a while sitting if I had had the time.
Cannot wait for the next one.
Initially I got them from my local library then I bought them all for my kindle. That has been a lot of money but I have read them frequently.
Last year I settled down and read them all in order. Absolute bliss.
Eve, Roarke, Peabody, McNab...I won't name them all...are real to me. I see them, hear them, enjoy them. If anyone makes a movie of them I will never watch it because nothing could take the place of my imagined cast.
Okay not a proper review. There are dead people and people who could easily end up dead. Eve's team, including Jamie and Quilla now, work their way through a never-ending tangle of potential clues and very few suspects.
I will admit to not liking the perpetrator when first introduced to us but I would not have added the name to the suspect list. Neither does anyone else till Dr Morris notes that one of the dead was wearing false nails.
Yep, false nails. Quite some jump from that to murder. The denouement is a classic.