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Monday, October 17, 2011

Survivor in Death (In Death, Book 20) by JD Robb


Survivor In Death was riveting. I find it amusing that the stalwart and unshakeable Eve is scared of three things - children, farm animals, and Trina. I suppose that's three things and one person. At any rate, Eve ends up with a child living in her home during the events of Survivor in Death, and she doesn't deal all that well with it. I appreciated her frank honesty with the child, and her ability to find people who could take care of her and help her, since Eve knew she wasn't exactly capable of doing it herself. I also found it humorous and touching that Roarke ended up having cops crawling all over his house and estate, and that while he wanted it over with as soon as possible... he wouldn't have kicked the kid out to make it happen.

I think Ms. Robb is using the events of this book as well as Mavis' pregnancy to assure us that Eve and Roarke are not going to be having kids anytime soon. Or, I hope that's what she's telling us.

Here's the blurb:

After the members of the Swisher family were murdered in their beds, nine-year-old Nixie Swisher was left an orphan—and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas’s strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay—and Dallas needs to solve this case.

As for the writing elements:
  • The plot was terribly sad, but still a good one.
  • Pacing was mostly okay.
  • Prose and dialogue were excellent.
  • Character development was once again further developed for many of the characters.
  • World-building was consistent with previous books.
I don't have to think about the rating on this one, Survivor in Death easily gets a 10 of 10.
    • Book Rating: Survivor 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
    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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