Monday, December 16, 2013

review: IMITATION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

IMITATION IN DEATH
by J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts
Narrated by Susan Eriksen
Series: In Death #17
Berkley / Brilliance Audio
Released: August 26, 2003
Source: Library
Page Count: 342

Rating: Loved it!

The summer of 2059 is drawing to a sweaty close when a killer makes hi debut with the slashing and mutilation of a prostitute. He leaves behind a note addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, commending her work and inviting her to participate in his game . . . and signs it "Jack." Now Eve is on the trail of a serial killer who knows as much about the history of murder as she does, and he's paying homage to some of history's most vicious, and infamous, killers, beginning with Jack the Ripper. But who will he choose to emulate next? And will Eve be able to stop him before he decides to finish the game by coming after her?

My Thoughts
Nora Roberts knocked it out of the park again. I cannot get enough of this series! This installment's killer was seriously creepy, imitating past serial killers. The first death was almost too much for me, especially what is discovered later on in the killer's lair. Yikes. Sometimes hearing it can be worse than reading it on the page, because you can't just skim over the bloody parts. The rest wasn't horribly graphic, though. Probably the most interesting part for me was the various serial killers that Roberts made up, figures that Dallas would have studied in school but have not yet been inflicted upon the world as we know it.

At the same time, the storyline was tempered by the anxiety (and eventual triumph of) Peabody's detective exam and the new revelations about Eve's biological parents.

I'm so proud of Peabody making detective! Sure, she's just a fictional character, but after 17 books it still feels like I've come along on this journey with her.

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