ARC Review: Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted February 18, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb
Concealed in Death
by J.D. Robb

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Feb. 18, 2014
Series: In Death #38
Published by Putnam Adult
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
 

 

 Carefully leading readers astray as she expertly weaves a complex plot, Robb takes readers on a journey along with Eve. ~ Under the Covers

Roarke, the ever gorgeous, forever favourite hero of my heart happens to find the dusty old bones of two young teens between the walls of his newest project building. Left with no other choice but to put a halt on all other construction, he calls up his kickass wife and gets cracking on the newest case with Lieutenant Eve Dallas. At the end of the day, there is more devastation to occur when they discover twelve dead bodies, all young women between the ages of twelve and fourteen.

The building used to be an old shelter for abandoned kids. Eve backtracks a little into the past to visit the owners of the organization and presses until she gets a lead. However, with the remains of the bodies being fifteen years old, Eve is running out of avenues to explore. But when a close friend is able to assist them, Eve is positive that she can catch the killer who preyed on innocent young teenage women and hopes to bring justice back to them.

Robb takes it slow in this instalment of the series. Carefully leading readers astray as she expertly weaves a complex plot, Robb takes readers on a journey along with Eve as they try to catch the person who took advantage of these innocent lost kids. As young as some of these girls are, Eve finds herself more inclined to help them because of her own past and the parallels that some of the girls experienced in their abusive homes, which caused them to run away in the first place. Though it’s difficult to say, I think Eve is really learning how to keep herself out of the cases she works on with the help of Dr. Mira and Roarke. As tough as she acts, Eve definitely has her moments of vulnerabilities. Roarke and Mira are there to help her overcome them when they weigh her down.

Roarke is eternally present in every book of this series but I felt that he was pushed a little to the side in this one. Though I would have love to read more about him, I also found that I didn’t mind it either as I was absorbed in the mystery aspect of the book. The romance takes a step back and for a series that runs strong for 38 books, I think that’s fine by me.

As always, I cannot end an In Death review without the ceremonial Gandy Candy. Enjoy, ladies!

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*ARC provided by publisher

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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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Bube

Ihuu,I’m way behind with this series 😀
I’ve read first three books from In Death,I plan to read very soon fourth book 😀
Great review Annie 🙂

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Oh Bube! You are in for a treat! This is one of my fave series! Enjoy Roarke!

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Timitra

Thanks for the review and Gandy pic!

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I’m always happy to post his pics along with all my In Death reviews. How can I resist? 😉

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Sophia Rose

I need to get moving on this series. Each book seems to have a fab plot.

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it really does! And it’s always very original! 30+ books in and she still is going strong!

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Elizabeth

Thanks for the review annie….and for gandy 😀

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LOL! My pleasure! 😛

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Alyssa @ Hesperia Loves Books

I cannot wait to get started on this!!! My problem is that I can’t decide if I want to read, or listen to it, first, lol. I love that we share a healthy Gandy/Roarke obsession Annie, I can always count on you for scrumptious pics 😉 Great review!!

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Thanks, love!! Gandy is always my Roarke! I think he fits him perfectly! And while I love reading the books myself, I think the audio adds something special!

Maria D.
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Maria D.

Thanks for the review – I really love this series and can’t wait to get my hands on my copy!

Sue Arnett
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Sue Arnett

How can I get an ARC copy of Obsession In Death?