Review: Reunion in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted February 1, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 13 Comments

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Review: Reunion in Death by J.D. Robb
Reunion in Death
by J.D. Robb

5 Stars

Released: 2004
Series: In Death #14
Published by Piatkus Books
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 371
Format: Audiobook


REUNION IN DEATH truly shines amongst a sea of gems. It could possibly be one of the best books I’ve ever read. ~ Under the Covers

REUNION IN DEATH is hands down the best book in the series. It could possibly be one of the best books I’ve ever read. I consider all the In Death books to be above most books in terms of writing and characters but with this book, Robb has really surpassed herself exponentially.

Robb takes a different approach to this book. We find out who the killer is early on, but in order to shut her down, we need to find the motive. As a birthday party becomes a murder scene, Eve Dallas and her ever important sidekick, Peabody have her hands full as they try to track down a killer with a personal intent to get Eve.

Meanwhile, Peabody gets her chance to shine as she is assigned her own cold case to shut down. I loved this because it not only showed Peabody’s capabilities, but it also showed Eve in a way that seemed almost motherly. And since Eve and Roarke don’t have a kid, this is one way to see a softer side to Eve. I also loved seeing the pride in McNab as he watched his girl do her thang.

Roarke is as involved as one can get in an ongoing investigation. When he acts as delicious bait, Eve’s protectiveness is revealed and we see the claws come out. For lack of a better word, the whole thing was badass. From the birthday party murders, to the chase in Italy, to the final take down in the end. Everything is perfectly executed. The plotting and pacing is perfection and I was literally on the edge of my seat as I listened to this audiobook. I don’t think I’ve ever been so consumed by a book before.

There’s a ton more I could go on and I think one of the most important scenes to mention is the trip to Dallas where Eve and Roarke go together to meet the killer’s step father. That particular visit hits too close to home for Eve and it was nice seeing the support from Dr. Mira and Roarke. It wasn’t an easy ride but I think that brought so much emotional depth to Eve’s character that the story and plot gained more momentum because of it. All of it seemed to further progress the story. 

I have to mention the sex scenes. I really don’t know how Robb does it. You would think that with 14 books, you’d be bored of the same couple going at it, but each time feels like the very first time. It’s just as emotional and I think moreso in this case because of what happens right before. All in all, this book truly shined amongst a sea of gems.


Favorite Quote:

“You shouldn’t have gone after what’s mine……big mistake.”

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About J.D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Thirty books and fifteen years later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.

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13 responses to “Review: Reunion in Death by J.D. Robb

  1. I keep hearing great things about this series and after the little old lady (I mean in her 70s) was comparing the guy in these books to JZB I knew I had to try it.

    I’m going to check out the 1st book soon from the library.

    • Yes! I can see a little of Barrons in Roarke, though I think Barrons is a little less refined than Roarke. But they’re both filthy rich, sexy and like to govern by their own rules. Both of them are in my top 5 heroes of all time!

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