Nature versus nurture...
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...
What I liked: I’m about to gush so get ready. When I first started the In Death series by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), there was a pretty good back list and now thank goodness Ms Robb is such a prolific author. In September and February, I am beside myself waiting for the latest book and the best part … my best friend reads and loves the series too. We endlessly discuss the latest release and try to second guess all the surprises Ms Robb has in store for us.
I did a read/listen to Apprentice In Death and yes, I was more than glad to use an audio credit just for the reason Ms Ericksen is one of my favorite narrators. Usually, I listen to a book when I’m having trouble connecting with the characters and storyline. This is definitely not the case for ANY of J. D. Robb’s books. Ms Ericksen is just an outstanding narrator for this series. Her accents and inflections for each character just makes the series that much better. Until I discovered audio books, I was completely engrossed in the In Death series but now with the audio books, I’m addicted!
I really can’t say anything about the plot other than the synopsis is spot on. Talking about any portion of the storyline would just spoil it for others involved in the series. However, the characters, above all, are my biggest draw to these books. When I think back to the very first in the series, Naked In Death, I am astounded by how much each and every characters has evolved. At this point, Eve’s life is overflowing with friends, not something she ever counted on. She was so closed off with the exception of Mavis, that I didn’t see Eve becoming such a beloved character.
So, Apprentice In Death specifically. The storyline is topnotch and seat of your pants suspense. It takes a while for Eve to figure out the “big bad” and boy is it a doozy. We’ve seen Eve and her crew deal with many suspects/criminals but the fact is, the bad guy is chillingly horrible. How do people end up the way they do? There are two aspects to consider here, are they born as psychopaths or does an event in their life so twist them, they become completely skewed? Ms Robb gives the reader lots to think about along those lines.
An In Death book wouldn’t feel right without some humor, snark, a bit of Eve and Roarke steamy moments, and the ending that more than satisfies the reader. I did like the insight behind why Feeney chose Eve to train, Eve chose Peabody, Eve then paired Baxter to train Trueheart and Somerset picked Roarke to take under his wing. I loved having that background. We’re 43 books into the series and Ms Robb is still able to take a love scene between Eve and Roarke and make it sexy. Her descriptions aren’t the usual sex scenes, at least for me. Yes, it’s sex but the descriptions are full of the love Eve and Roarke have for each other. I don’t feel the need to skip through all the sex words because, they are so eloquently done each scene feels new. And then there is the humor. Some of the scenes even in the midst of a horrible case just make you love the characters all the more. It’s always a treat when Eve and Roarke are placed in proximity with a young child. I waited anxiously for Bella’s first birthday party and how Eve and Roarke would react to being around so many toddlers. Bella is going to be something else. Even though she only had a small part in the story, she more than stole the show!
I’m not even going to put the “what I didn’t like” paragraph in this review because, I absolutely cannot find anything not to like. Just in case you might be wondering, I don’t like everything Ms Robb/Roberts writes. I don’t read her romance books which are usually done in a trilogy but I do love Ms Roberts yearly romantic suspense. I wait impatiently for that release just as I do for the In Death books. How she can write so many quality books in one year boggles my mind.
Why haven’t you read this series yet? There are 43 books of goodness to read and they aren’t formulaic. Each and every one feels like years of research and polishing went into it. The quality of the writing is some of the best I’ve read. Give them a try but don’t stop with the first as you will short change herself of the growth and development of the characters and setting.
Highest of recommendations!