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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Memory in Death (In Death, Book 22) by JD Robb


Memory in Death gives us more of Eve's past. We see Eve's first foster experience, and it's not a good one. Still, it was better than what she'd come from. The system truly did screw it up with Eve, and yet that's what made her who she is today. Her strong moral code, her views of what is right and what is wrong... these experiences molded her. And they created an child who worked hard to be in a position of control when she grew up. She's in charge now.

Here's the blurb:

When Trudy Lombard, Eve’s abusive foster mother, claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing, her fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when Trudy is murdered, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.

At first I was worried that this would be another "Roarke proving he didn't do it", or possibly a "Eve having to prove she didn't do it". But there was none of that, thank goodness, as I don't believe I could have enjoyed either of those storylines.

As for the writing elements:
  • The murder plot was decent, the personal aspects of the plot were good.
  • Pacing had some issues.
  • Prose and dialogue were excellent.
  • Character development was once again pushed and shaped and molded.
  • World-building was consistent with previous books in the series.
I came close to a 9 of 10 for the pacing issues, but decided on a 10 of 10 in the end.
    • Book Rating: Memory in Death: 10 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
    7.5  Midnight in Death
    8. Conspiracy in Death
    9. Loyalty in Death
    10.Witness in Death
    11. Judgment in Death
    12. Betrayal in Death
    12.5 Interlude In Death
    13. Seduction in Death
    14. Reunion in Death
    15. Purity in Death
    16. Portrait in Death
    17. Imitation In Death
    17.5 Remember When
    18. Divided in Death
    19. Visions in Death
    20. Survivor In Death
    21. Origin In Death
    21.5 Haunted in Death

    22. Memory in Death
    23. Born in Death
    24. Innocent In Death
    24.5 Eternity 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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