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Monday, September 26, 2011

Rapture in Death (In Death, Book 4) by JD Robb


Rapture in Death could easily be labeled a futuristic psychological thriller. Yes, it's still a murder mystery, but it wouldn't have taken much for the author to nudge it into the psychological horror category. Thankfully, she did not. It still scares me to think that we're not far from the technology of being able to do this sort of thing, though.

Here's the blurb:

Eve’s investigation into three apparent suicides takes a dark turn, leading her into the provocative world of virtual reality games—where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction.

Unfortunately, I knew who the killers were going to be very close to the beginning of the book. There were some twists and turns and detours that had me wondering if I was wrong a few times, but in the end I was right.

As for the writing elements:
  • The plot was a very good plot, and I appreciated the twists and turns. However, it was pretty easy for me to figure out the killer within a few pages of their being introduced to us.
  • Pacing was mostly okay -- a few issues in this book, for the first time in the series.
  • Prose and dialogue were fine.
  • Character development continues to be intriguing.
  • World-building continues to be very well done. The plot this time added to the world building, and that was a nice touch.
Do I count off points because I knew the killer right off the bat? Or, once the killer was introduced, anyway. It was a very good book, even knowing who did it. I'm going to give Rapture in Death a 9 of 10, and I'll keep the series there as well.
    • Book Rating: Rapture in Death: 9 of 10
    • Series Rating: 9 of 10

    1. Naked in Death
    2. Glory in Death
    3. Immortal in Death
    4. Rapture in Death
    5. Ceremony in Death
    6. Vengeance in Death
    7. Holiday in Death
    8. Conspiracy in Death
    9. Loyalty in Death
    10. Witness in Death
    11. Judgment in Death
    12. Betrayal in Death
    13. Seduction in Death
    14. Reunion in Death
    15. Purity in Death
    16. Portrait in Death
    17. Imitation in Death
    18. Divided in Death
    19. Visions in Death
    20. Survivor in Death
    21. Origin in Death
    22. Memory in Death
    23. Born in Death
    24. Innocent in Death
    25. Creation in Death
    26. Strangers in Death
    27. Salvation in Death
    28. Promises in Death
    29. Kindred in Death
    30. Fantasy in Death
    31. Indulgence in Death
    32. Treachery in Death
    33. New York to Dallas 

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