Monday, December 7, 2009

Review: Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb



Book: Hardback
235 x 159mm
384 pages
ISBN 9780399155956
03 Nov 2009
Putnam
Adult 18 - AND UP

From the Publisher:

When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they were looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who had stayed behind.

Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaited them instead. Brutally murdered in her bedroom, Deena’s body showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who was specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know yet that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice.


Initially, I had a hard time with this book . The character of Eve Dallas is not one to be warmed up to. She has a hard, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor that made it difficult for me to put myself into her place. As I read on, I realized that this is a result of her own, very interesting, personal history. The subject was also a troubling aspect, as Eve is trying to find the killer of an sweet, innocent 16 year old girl.

What was interesting is that this book takes place in 2060. There are many elements throughtout that make this different from a murder/suspense type book set in current times. Most of the time, I understood the purpose of the futuristic gadgets mentioned, but there were a few I'm still trying to figure out.

With all of these factors being taken into consideration, the story and characters grew on me. It's kind of a cross between Criminal Minds and Police Woman. Eve is a strong woman and in the end is able to solve the mystery but not without glitches along the way. And yes, even in 2060, woman are apparently still being questioned about their leadership potential/ability.

Overall, the story flowed well, though I think that knowing the back story would have aided immensely in many aspects. This being the 29th book in the series, it will be a while before I catch up on it, but from reading Kindred in Death, I will not hesitate to pick up another J.D. Robb book in the future.

4 comments:

Laughing Stars said...

I am intrigued by the fact that this mystery takes place in the future -- that is a unique twist. Thank you for this review!

Jackie said...

It definitely was a twist; something I wasn't expecting!

Christine said...

Hi Jackie! Wow! I can't believe you started reading this series at book 35!! LOL! That's kind of funny, but great that you still enjoyed it without the complete background.

It would be all kinds of fun to have you join my 'In Death' Reading challenge and start at the beginning with me. If you find it's not your thing and you drop out, no big deal. I'm very laid back about the whole thing.

Jackie said...

Thanks for stopping by, Christine! I'm sure I'd love all of the books and will read them all eventually, lol. I saw a few on sale the other day, so I'll start collecting and will read what I can through the challenge time frame. There is so much that I need to find out about how the characters (especially Roarke) got to where they are, lol.

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