Monday 27 January 2020

Review: Wonderment in Death - J.D. Robb

New York, 2061. Darlene Fitzwilliams - a young heiress - kills her brother then jumps from a tall building. All the evidence suggests a tragic but familiar murder/suicide case for Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

But when Eve discovers that Darlene has been visiting psychics and spiritual healers, things take a dark and unsettling turn. Someone has been meddling with Darlene Fitzwilliams' subconscious - someone with a gift for hypnosis and a disturbing obsession with Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

With husband Roarke and partner Peabody at her side, Eve finds herself falling down the rabbit hole into one of the strangest investigations of her career. One that threatens not just her body, but her mind...

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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Eve's latest case appears to be open and shut murder suicide, a young woman stabbed her brother to death and then immediately jumped off of the balcony killing herself too. However Louise and Charles were friends with the siblings and they're both convinced that there is no way Darlene would do this so Eve decides to take a closer look. It turns out that Darlene has been visiting psychics to try and cope with the deaths of both her parents and it looks like someone has been messing with both her mind and her body by administering psychotropic drugs. Eve has a killer on her hands and she's not going to let them get away with it.

What I love about the In Death novellas is that they're always a little creepier than the main novels and tend to edge into supernatural territory. Not only do we have a psychic who actually has some real kind of ability to brainwash his victims but he's also obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and determined to take Eve on a trip down the rabbit hole. I'm a huge Alice fan so I loved those elements to the story and I particularly enjoyed it when Eve and Peabody accidentally expose themselves to the same drugs that were used to control Darlene. Luckily they knew what to expect and had backup on hand to make sure they were okay but it didn't make their reactions any less funny.

Wonderment in Death was another fun instalment to the series.

Source: Purchased

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