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memory in death - coming short of jd's previous book
on 3 February 2006
eve dallas is one tough cop, until she comes face-to-face with the evil twisted foster carer, who frightened an already traumatized child. she claims she just wants to see how eve is doing, but eve is suspicious and sends her on her way. she then tries to take on roarke for the privacy of eve for a tidy sum of money, but again, roarke sends her on her way and makes it clear that it would be wise for her to leave the city and never bother them again.
but nothing is that easy, and trudy lombard the foster mother, ends up dead. now she belongs to eve.
this is the 22nd in the "in death" series, and it follows on from the previous one - "origin in death", which was just brilliant, this book fails to pull it off for me.
It had to come about at sometime, some one from eve's past was bound to rear their ugly head, and as the villain goes, trudy is top of the pile. she's willing to got public with eve's childhood, and bring to the fore front the brutality, that she suffered at the hands of her father in exchange for two million dollars - chump change for the likes of roarke. she's brought along for the ride, her son bobby and his wife zana.
this book is really quite slow for a dallas novel, there's little excitement, just good old police work here.eve hardly ever gets hit, or gets involved in a car chase. and there's little petty squabbles between eve and summerset. this is mainly about eve coming to grips with her past and realising that she may not be alone, and although she hates this woman, she still doesn't want her dead. we don't see enough of the secondary charactors in this book, roarke is hardly in this book and the sexual magnatism that we love between these two isn't there this time. dr.mira,mcnab and feeney hardly get a look in and they undoubtably add to and help to make this series the success it is.
there's ltlle enough story to have warranted this as a novel, it could have been made into a novella, if you take out all the unncessary add libbing.
but with all jd/nroberts books, you can't help but just enjoy them. i love jd's imagination into what might be one day in the future and just enjoy being taken away, even if it is with murder and mayhem.
this is still going to be a hit.