In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.
The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.
Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.
What I liked: I've had favorites in this series all along and now I am just in awe of Ms Robb (Nora Roberts). It may be because I really took my time with Concealed in Death. I usually just gobble it up in a 24 hour period. I promised myself I wouldn't do that this time.
The characters have been growing and developing throughout the series but my gosh, Ms Robb is a genius with her characters.
I love there's not a big time lapse between the stories. Concealed in Death is the beginning of the Christmas season. (Thank goodness, we didn't miss Christmas because watching Eve dither about gifts is so much fun). The relationships between all the characters just floors me. The love, the fun, the caring. There is one scene between Dennis Mira and Eve that had me all teared up. Sigh.
The best scenes are still between Roarke and Eve and Peabody and Eve but also how Eve just interacts with some of the secondary characters. I say secondary but can any of these characters be considered secondary? A new character is introduced that I can see becoming more important later. Dr. Garnet DeWinter.
While the hunt for the killer is the main line of the book, there is so much more. The feelings, the interactions, and the thought process of Eve are a journey. Again, this is one of those times when I wish I had a better command of writing. Eve is all about standing for the dead and catching the killer but this time around, she has different feelings about the killer. Nuff said.
I'm not even going to bother with "What I didn't like" because, yeah, there's nothing not to like. The In Death series is on it's 38th book. Say again, 38 books in a series. Surely it should be slowing down and getting ho-hum. Not even close!! Ms. Robb is just an all out genius writing this series!!
Pricing: Kindle $11.99 (worth every penny), hardcover is $19.39 (yes, I got a copy) and paperback at $7.19. This is one of my collectible series. I order the hardcover from Turn the Page Bookstore and have it signed.
The highest of recommendations for this series!!!!!