Series: In Death #54
Published by Macmillan on February 8th 2022
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Homicide detective Eve Dallas must untangle a twisted family history while a hostage’s life hangs in the balance—in the new In Death novel by #1 New York Times bestselling J. D. Robb.
The woman’s body was found on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong—like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.
It seems clear the killer’s childhood was traumatic—a situation Eve is all too familiar with herself. Yet the clues point to a perpetrator who’d be around sixty, and there are no records of old crimes with a similar MO. What was the trigger that apparently reopened such an old wound and sent someone over the edge? When Eve learns that other young women have recently vanished, the case grows even more urgent—and to solve it she’ll need to find her way into a hidden place of dim light and concrete, into the distant past, and into the depths of a shattered mind.
From the very first chapters, I was riveted. This was because I felt like I was watching an episode of Dexter unfold right before my very eyes.
I loved how the author kept me guessing right until the very end. The culprit was very unsuspected. Who would have thought…..? Nope, please don’t make me spoil it for you!
Again, the supporting characters were superb! Glad there were a few young, new faces that were introduced into the mix. They definitely have the potential to become significant players further down the road.
My only regret about this series is that we have to wait months for the next installment. Fifty-four books later, I still can not get enough of Eve and Roarke.