Halfway through this book I had almost decided not to finish it, but I had promised it to my daughter, so I soldiered on to the end. There are so many things about this book that I dislike that I hardly know where to begin.
First of all, it is not complete but the first of yet another trilogy. I hate this, especially when months will go by before the next two are released. I dislike this, but I could have lived with it. This is my minor quibble.
Second and most important, the villains are getting darker and darker. Every time I finish one of her books, I feel the need to take a bath. Kevin is like the Son of Satan and his father Doane, who may once have been a good, decent man, has been seduced to the dark side by his evil offspring to the point where he has procured young children to provide his son "release" by ravishing and murdering them. In my reviews of the last several Eve Duncan books, I have asked for a villain like a Thomas Crown or a Neal Caffrey or the Leverage crew, who steals from the rich and/or the bad guys but does not do any physical harm to anyone. Instead, they have become worse and worse.
Third, I am sick and tired of everyone's obsession with Eve. She is the center of the universe for Joe and Jane as well. They don't just love her--they worship her. Nothing matters to either of them but Eve; Venable's men who are in danger or have died do not really concern them at all, only Eve. The one thing I don't like about J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas books is that Roarke, Eve's husband, is too perfect. Joe & Jane see Eve the same way. Jane is a young woman who should focus on her own life and her two suitors. Instead it's "Eve, Eve, Eve!" And she herself may be an extraordinary young woman but she has at her beck and call two perfect "Roarkes:" young men who are filthy rich, extraordinarily handsome and passionate, and willing to give up their own lives at the drop of a hat to help Jane.
Finally, there is the supernatural aspect. First Bonnie visits from beyond the grave. Now Kevin's evil is reaching out from the depths of hell (or wherever he is) as well, fighting to destroy Eve. And of course there is Margaret, the animal whisperer. I really like her, but it is just too much.
I have loved these books from the beginning, but there is just too much darkness and too much Eve worship lately. I can't and won't read any more of them. Goodbye, Eve. Goodbye, Joe. Goodbye, Jane.