Survivor In Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This has shot to the top of my list as my favourite Eve Dallas book so far. Normally, I'm crazy about Eve's interactions with Roarke or Peabody, which often have me chuckling and re-reading those scenes several times because they're just so funny. Robb/Roberts has a knack for writing characterisations that really round off each character and make them completely human and real - flaws and all (and not too perfect).
In this book, Eve's horror of kids is perfectly portrayed - she has no idea what to do when a nine-year-old looks to her as an avenging angel of sorts, the one who'll put things right and find out who killed the child's entire family.
It's a tough read, at least in terms of what happens to the various victims and the complete callousness of the killers; but Robb/Roberts' knack is to make it a gripping one. It's hard to put this book down, even though you know that, in the end, Eve will get the baddies, because it's just so well written that the story's a headrush from beginning to end.
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