Abandoned in Death by JD Robb is her newest book in the In Death series. This book stands out for me because it’s told from three different points of view. The first sets the stage for our killer, the second adds the scenery, and the final is when the lead actor comes into the story—Eve Dallas. This is a bit different from her previous books in the series but as you read on you’ll find that each point of view is important. It also adds a fresh take on a long running series.
The story starts with a young woman and her son whose lives are a struggle. She has a drug habit, and he is only five years old and doesn’t understand their circumstances. A decision is made which starts a series of events that lead into the murder mystery. Eve Dallas is the lead detective on the case, of course, and all the usual cast of characters are present.
What I loved about this book was how JD Robb unfolds the mystery. She starts in an unusual manner but all the parts start to fall into place, and the reveal is a total surprise. At least to me. The antagonist is nicely fleshed out, and there are scenes that help you to understand their motive.
I’ll be honest, I don’t usually care for stories where scenes depict events from the suspect’s point of view, especially when they’re unsettling. So, there were times I did fast forward through some of them. It really didn’t detract from the overall experience, and I felt the story came together even without those scenes. I still didn’t like the suspect, I wanted them to be caught, and I was satisfied at the end. Keep in mind, this is my own opinion on murder mysteries. I don’t mind a little bit of the killer’s point of view but only a small amount, and not enough to be graphic. This book—for me—had some scenes that caused me to cringe a bit.
All of that being said I did thoroughly enjoy the book. JD Robb (Nora Roberts) is a great storyteller, and at no time does the story drag. She also includes those slices of life with the supporting cast that keep drawing you back to the books. One of the things I love about her writing is how she describes a character—short, sweet, and to the point. Some authors go on just a little too long. I also love how she sets a scene so you feel like you just physically walked into the room.
All in all I loved the book but then I’m a huge fan of the series. I look forward to the releases, and am grateful we get two books a year. How the author keeps up the pace is beyond me. I’ve read that she has a solid work ethic, and loves what she does. I give this book a five out of five.
I’m reading some other books at the moment. I’ve discovered a new urban fantasy author. I’m listening to the first book, and will probably be finished by the time this post is published. I’ll share my thoughts in my next post. So, my friends, please have a wonderful couple of weeks, and be kind to yourself. It is healthy to take time to do things you love and that feed your soul.
P.S. Libby is doing really well. She needs to go to the groomer but I’m waiting until I get her in for her annual exam because she’s due for her vaccinations. She’s gonna love that, she said with an eye roll. We used to go to other places where she could play with other dogs, but they’ve closed, and I’m really picky about other daycares. I don’t want her having a bad experience. So, now, she only leaves the house to go the the groomer and the vet. It’s a chase to get her into the car. Not something I look forward to, although it’s good cardio.