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Dark in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, 46) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2018
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reissue edition (July 31, 2018)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250161541
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250161543
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.27 x 1.09 x 6.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am obsessed with this series. I know the entire 46 books/14 short stories series very, very well. I think I’ve read the entire series chronologically about ten times through, possibly more. I read them over and over and just keep going to back to them, I just love them so much. So I feel that I have a good grasp of the characters and stories.
This book was just blah. It needed a side story/another storyline to pump it up. We also had no insight into the killer’s mind, as Robb likes to include. I always want to read about Eve and Roarke off hours (I really wish the reader could get to go on one of their fab vacations where no death occurs), and we got some home time in this book but it wasn’t interesting. I feel like at this point the author needs to miix it up. Eve needs to assist on one of her team’s cases or do something where it is not her case. She always gets the crazy/high profile cases. It would nice to see her support her squad. Or she could support Peabody on a case.
I am rereading Imitation in Death of which Dark in Death has a similar story but Imitation is a WAY BETTER book. This book was a big miss.
Unfortunately, it also suffered from same structural flaws as Sundown, just to a lesser extent. There were long swaths of back and forth dialog without any context clues about who was talking to whom. It's only slightly easier to puzzle it out when there are only two people in the scene, but I often had to go back and reread an entire page, saying to myself, "Ok, that's Eve. Now that's Roark. Now that's Eve, and then Roarke...no, it's Eve again twice in a row! Aha, that's where it got messed up." The dialog for all the characters are starting to sound so much like one another. Their individual voices are blurred into one generic speech pattern. Combine that with the walls of dialog and you often are forced to pop out of the story and trace back who is saying what to whom. Is it really too much trouble to add, "Peabody paused for moment before continuing" or something like that? Just to orient the reader? Isn't that what an editor should suss out?
Also, like Sundown, there were way too much focus on the interior decorating of all the scenes and the details of each meal. How the paint scheme does or doesn't match the pillows doesn't need to be in every scene. I remember when Eve rarely ate a decent meal and now we're getting detailed descriptions of shepherd's pie and oatmeal. I get that the story needs to paint a picture and needs some surrounding detail, but this was out of proportion.
When I read that a character "liked pretty, bright, and happy," I almost set the book down, because those bland adjectives are becoming grossly cliche in Nora Roberts' stories. Luckily she limited the use of "pretty" to only 3 dozen descriptions. What was different from past In Death books was the noticeable increase in swearing. Eve Dallas used to use it with flair, as a cutting edge. Now it's just common phraseology for any situation. And it's the same with all the characters because they all have the same voice now.
I suspected it last summer, but I'll say it again. Either someone else is writing JD Robb/Nora Roberts' books for her, or she's lost interest, or she has an editor that is failing in due diligence.
Those of us who have started reading this series at the beginning, have grown to know and love the central and secondary characters. We look forward to another “Death” book because we love the characters.
I would have given this one 5 stars, but at one point in the book Eve starts to hand out a description of the villain and I couldn’t figure out where she got it from. It bothered me clear thru to the end of the story. I even went back several times to try to figure out just where this description came from and it really took away from my enjoyment of the story. I realized that the villain was dressing up as the character from the fictional detective series, but that leap wasn’t made in the story.
Anyway, besides the “sudden” information of the killers description appearing out of “nowhere”, it was a pretty good story. Eve gets called out to investigate a murder, said villain uses an unusual method to pick said victims, two to three murders happen as Eve and her crew of investigators track the villain down. And then the big finale of the arrest and interview of the villain, where said villain brags about how smart they are and thus provides Eve with the confession needed to convict them to life behind bars.
I would really like to see another person from Eve’s past show up. Maybe one of the clones from the Icove case, that would be very cool!