I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by J.D. Robb
Released: September 6th 2016
Series: In Death #43
Published by Berkley
“There are so many books in this series that I know it can be intimidating but trust me when I say that you won’t encounter another world like this one.”
~ Under the Covers
Can you believe that there are already 43 books in this series already? And yet, none of these books are written the same. In APPRENTICE IN DEATH, readers are taken into the killer’s mind as they take three people out at an outdoor ice skating rink. Three people who are seemingly unconnected, but Eve Dallas thinks that there must be more to this long-distance serial killer’s motive than meets the eye.
Right from the get-go, this book delves into the police procedural aspect of the novel and in all honesty, it doesn’t ever really stop. Once Roarke finds out that big guns were used in committing these murders, he’s all over it like white on rice. With Roarke by her side, Eve is able to make deductions about the murder.
As I mentioned, progress in their personal life is not as prominent in this installment. They are, however, in the process of redecorating their home to suit both of their tastes. In any other book or series, something like this wouldn’t be seen as something big or monumental, but for Eve and Roarke, designing a space for themselves is an intimate process. And it is one that showcased a lot of things about their relationship and commitment to one another. For many, it’s a small step, but for them, it’s almost as big as Eve’s decision to marry Roarke.
I’ve read some thoughts on this series that I want to address in this review mainly because it involves the writing style. As you can probably guess having read so many books in the series already that I don’t have a problem with the writing style at all. However, I have seen some people complain that the writing is choppy or that the writing is not good at all and that they don’t understand why the series is so popular.
First off, the world is written in the future so there are a few linguistic changes that have occurred in this world. There is made up slang that we don’t have in our world, but also although Eve is a professional woman, her mind is actually not that complicated. She’s a straight-shooter in her work and the way the book is written —very straight and to the point —mimics that. So essentially, I see the writing style as an extension of Eve’s character since all the books are mostly written from her POV. This style of writing doesn’t mean that the book is poorly written. It may just be that the way Eve’s mind works doesn’t work well with the reader. So best thing to do is, try a book out and see if it’s something you can get on board with. There are so many books in this series that I know it can be intimidating but trust me when I say that you won’t encounter another world like this one.
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