Friday 25 October 2019

Review: Kindred in Death - J.D. Robb

She was just an instrument. A weapon. He wanted it to be in that house, inside the house where the cop believed his little girl would always be safe.

A phone call from up high interrupts Eve's plans to have a lazy day with her roguish husband Roarke: The teenage daughter of Captain Jonah McMasters, head of the NYPD drug squad, has been found raped and strangled.

A terrifying video of Deena, bloody and beaten beyond recognition, suggests a link to a criminal in her father's past, but Eve is getting nowhere - until another murder, and another video, reveals the killer's deadly intent: merciless retribution in the cruellest way possible.

Eve and her team must race against the clock to identify the next victim of a killer who will stop at nothing...

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella available in the Mirror, Mirror anthology or separately)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsession in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death
Vendetta in Death
Golden in Death

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When Eve is asked to investigate the brutal murder of a police captain's sixteen year old daughter she's hit with all kinds of awful memories of the abuse she suffered as a child. That won't stop her doing everything in her power to get justice for Deena though, it just means the case will take an emotional toll on her. It's obvious that Deena was targeted by someone wanting to get revenge on her father but none of his previous cases are leading anywhere and they don't have a single suspect.

I think Kindred in Death probably has one of the worst murder cases that Eve has had to face in a while, there's just something awful reading about an innocent young girl getting killed so brutally by someone she thought she could trust that really hit home both for Eve as a cop and for me as a reader. I did really enjoy watching Eve and her team doing so much leg work trying to find the killer though, they had no real evidence to go on at the beginning so it was all about trying to piece together how Deena met her killer and taking it on from there. A lot of clever police work eventually pays off when they have a suspect but that doesn't make him any easier to find.

One of the things I love most is the connections between the characters, obviously there's Eve's relationship with Roarke which I love (please someone tell me where the real life Roarkes are all hiding!) but also the camaraderie between Eve, Peabody, McNab, Feeny, Baxter and Trueheart while they're working the job and Eve's reluctant friendship with so many of the recurring characters. The darkness of this story is lightened up a little by preparations for a wedding and the fun banter between all of the characters we've come to know so well over the series. I've definitely fallen down an In Death rabbit hole this year, I can't seem to get enough of these books and the second I finish reading one I'm itching to pick up the next. I'm dreading the day I'm caught up on all the novels published so far!

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