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Forgotten In Death: An Eve Dallas thriller (In Death 53) Paperback – January 13, 2022
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'If you're a crime fiction fan and haven't discovered them yet, welcome to the very best day of your life' Heat Magazine
The brand new thriller in the Sunday Times bestselling series
For a Homicide cop, murder often started the day. For the mixed-race female sloppily wrapped in a tarp and stuffed in a construction site dumpster, it had surely ended hers
Lt. Eve Dallas hasn't even arrived at work when her first call of the day comes in. Alva Quirk - forty-six years old, sidewalk sleeper - was beaten to death with a crowbar. Known to the local cops for handing out origami flowers to anyone who gives her change, Alva was well-liked but with no fixed address, no job and no family, there's noone to remember her.
Eve has barely had time to examine the crime scene when her second victim of the morning is discovered just a block away. Make that second and third. Jane Doe - a well-dressed young mother and her baby shot and buried over 40 years ago.
Two very different victims in the same location with no-one to claim them. Coincidence or does the history of the site hold the answer? To uncover the truth Eve must delve into a world of family businesses, Russian mobsters and shady dealings. These two women may have been forgotten in their lifetimes but Eve Dallas won't let them be forgotten in death
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- Publisher : Piatkus (January 13, 2022)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0349426325
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349426327
- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.88 x 1.18 x 10.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book tells the story of two murders that really don't have any connection. I think she added the second one because there simply wasn't enough to the first to make an entire book. Eve knows who committed the 2nd murder after her first interview on the case.
There is also what feels like padding here, too, but though we hear much of all the decorating going on over at the place Mavis and Leonardo will share with Peabody and McNab, we don't get to see Mavis. Feeney and Nadine make merely obligatory appearances, as does Commander Whitney.
All of that said, this one wasn't as stale as the last several have been, but not one of what I consider the best in this series.
Now, you may be wondering why, if I thought this was a great book to add to the series, that I would rate it 3 stars. Great question. The reason why this is rated 3 stars is not because of the storytelling or plotline but mostly due to the editing or lack thereof. Now -- I know we're all human and this book was written and is published during a pandemic but that still doesn't excuse the punctuation and syntax errors.
There were two glaring errors...or one error and one awkward phrasing decision to keep. I got the kindle version so also not sure if it was an electronic error. Not sure if any other readers or reviewers noticed it also but while these errors might seem small, it makes reading really confusing at times and also detracts from the story. I'm also not sure if the publisher will ever read this review but I thought I should just throw it out there.
The error I noticed was in the line breaks and quotation marks in dialogue. It didn't happen in all the dialogue writing but definitely in 4-5 spots in the book where during the back and forth banter between characters, all of a sudden there would be a line break and then a sentence with opening and closing quotations but instead of it being what you expect (response from the other character), it would actually be a continuation of what was being said. I was always taught that if there was no interruption in a character speaking to not put additional quotations and I'm pretty sure that's still the reasoning particularly as this isn't the only book I've been reading these past few months and every other book uses that logic. It's not an awful error but it just means that there would be moments I would have to glance back up again and reread.
The other issue was in the use of commas and descriptors in places that don't make sense. For example "she's a malignant narcissist, classic, and..." -- this was something a character said. I think in reality, no one would quite phrase it that way. Instead, they might say "she's a classic malignant narcissist, and..." While it's not grammatically incorrect (I think?), it is very awkward, and rarely in spoken English would it have been said that way. There were a couple of other instances similar to this in the rest of the book.
Overall, I think it's a good story to add and flesh out the world of Dallas. I just hope moving forward the publishers and editing team really tighten up on the proofreading.
Eve is called to the scene of one murder, and a short time later to the scene of another older murder, within a few blocks of the first. She decides to keep both of them, and sets out on a journey that takes her to a rich Construction Family, a Small Town Sheriff and the Russian Mob. I'll let you read the book to find out how they all tie together. A great read. I highly recommend.
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Again it grips you from the first page til the last, and when you get to the last all is right with the world and I can go to sleep.
If you ever pick up one of the in death series please start from book 1 as you get to know them and watch them evolve. Each book starts with a murder and Eve is the cop who wants justice for each one.
I have now unfortunately got to wait for the next in series.