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Let me first say that I'm obsessed with J. D. Robbs/Susan Ericksen "In Death" series, so I may be somewhat biased in my review. I can say with complete honesty you have not read the "In Death" series until you have listen to it. Ms Ericksen adds a dimension to "In Death" series that must be experienced to fully appreciate. This review has NO SPOILER ALERTS however it will contain teasers...
What I loved about Concealed In Death... In no order of importance...First: the evidence of Eve's evolvement, finally depicting her more comfortable in her skin with a somewhat softer nature, of particular mention the mitten and cap episode. You don't have to worry though, Eve's trademark snarkiness and wit are still intact. Second: The "Zinger" of a back story of a critical character. Third: the lack of the descriptive brutal torture episodes which were evident in the last book "Thankless In Death." I will admit I fast forwarded through a few segments as they were a bit too cringe worthy. Fourth: the introduction of new characters, a "maybe" Lady and daughter for Morse, my personal favorite, the introduction of Sebastian, teased us with his not yet revealed back story and with the addition of Rork's and Eve's decidedly difference in opinion of his character, I feel sure we have not seen the last of Sebastian. I'm looking forward to Sebatian's story as he adds a new and interesting character element to this series. We were also introduced to the not seen before Forensic Anthropology Department and some of it's employees. Fifth: The "In Death" Characters spot on performance by Ms. Ericksen she never misses, her myriad of character depiction from one mind and voice is freaking amazing! Sixth:The Cold Case Storyline...
The crime story plot line does not have the usual frantic rush to solve the crime with the major focus centered on the psycho-bad-guy's graphic tortures and kills. The nature of the horrific cold case, allows the focus to be diverted and centers on the victims/victims loved ones and not so loved ones and their individual histories. I was particularly touched with the resolution of the last victim's story, almost a foot note but telling and heart wrenching all the same.
What I love most about audible "In Death" series is the unbelievable inventive mind of the amazing J. D. Robb's "In Death" character's and the incomparable talented Susan Ericksen's genius in each characters depiction. J. D Robb/Susan Ericksen have developed each character intricately with back stories and personal/emotional/professional evolvement evident in each book from Naked In Death to Concealed...DO NOT READ 'IN DEATH' LISTEN TO IT...That being said...
If you are new to the Audible "In Death" series?... MAJOR ALERT! DO NOT! start anywhere in this series except from book one "Naked In Death" and listen to at least the first three books in the series before you make any judgments as it takes that long to meet most, but not all of the series critical characters...then you'll most likely be hooked and you only have 30+ books to go to catch up. Don't skip, you'll miss so much fun along the way!
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
I pre-order the Death series books because I am usually so excited I can't wait and I guess somewhere in my head ordering ahead of time I think the book will get here sooner. I am a bit disappointed again. This book was not as graphic as the last book, but it does seem a bit off. I know people complained about the formula, well the formula works for me. I love the interaction between Eve, Roarke, and the other characters. When they are not included in the book it lack some of the luster. If the love scenes between Eve and Roarke are not hot and heavy to me the book suffers. I mean I count the stuff off. I like the fact that this book was a bit calmer, but it was flat. If Nora only puts out two in death books a year, then she should be able to make them good. We wait 6mos each for a installment we expect it to be GOOD. I enjoyed the book some, it is better than most other books by others, but it STILL is NOT up to J.D. Robb In death series standards. Because the older books have been so good, the not so good ones have held up the flops. It is time Nora put this series back to what made it so great to start with.
Lately, each book has me upset about something. I know it is hard to please everyone, but it seems we were mostly pleased with the older books. Sometimes when you try to change stuff you mess up. If it is not broke, don't fix it. Please please give us the answers to some of our questions, and bring back the luster, care, knick butt Lt we are all used to.
The relationship between Eve and Roarke is paramount, her bantering witth sommerset, etc. Some stuff you simply can't change, just find ways to get it into the story. I don't care if it makes sense or is not realistic, it's a fiction book. I know some of us crazy folk really love these characters like they are real. You did that for us, but if you are going to keep the books up -you have to find away to make them as exciting as they used to be. Keep us wanting more.
This is beginning to be like a series on T.V when the series lose the rating power and eventually gets cancelled. I want this series to stay fresh until you decide to end the series. I would hate it to continue to go in the direction is has been with the last few books. I though I would never say I would give up on the series. This is the first time I am not looking forward to the next book. I have read all of the books many times. After this one, you have to go back to what made us fall in love with the series in the first place. Right now, if I really want all the things that made me fall in love with the series, I have to search out an older book and reread and listen to it again. The only thing I can say remains the same is Susan she was spot on again.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
Where does Concealed in Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have nearly all in Death books, hard copy and audio but this was not even close to one of her best. In fact it is the bottom of all the audiobooks I have listened to. I will continue to buy and listen to JD Robb though.
Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Robb again?
Which scene did you most enjoy?
They were all pretty much the same.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I would certainly recommend virtually all of JD Robb books.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
With a lot on forensic archaeology, I felt the characters within the story, were often too selfish and arrogant. But on a subject level, worth a listen.