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Rapture in Death (1996)

by J. D. Robb

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Series: In Death (4)

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Fiction. Mystery. Romance. Suspense. HTML:Lieutenant Eve Dallas delves into the world of virtual reality gaming to stop a sadistic killer in this In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in commonâ??and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas finds the deaths suspicious. And her instincts pay off when autopsies reveal small burns on the brains of the victims.

Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eveâ??s investigation turns to the provocative world of virtual reality gamesâ??where the same techniques used to create joy and desire can also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destr
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totally spoiled for the ending when reading the goodreads entry. boo. Still needs more Roarke. ( )
  aeryn0 | Jul 23, 2023 |
This was just as good as I had hoped that it would be! Eve and Roarke are newly married and Eve encounters the first dead body in this tale before the honeymoon is even over. A string of unrelated deaths that appear to be suicides leaves Eve questioning what really might be happening. From the start, I was hooked by this mystery and loved watching Eve work to get to the bottom of things. I thought this was a very smartly written mystery that pulled a lot of significant elements together.

I thought that Susan Ericksen did a fantastic job with the story. I believe that the voices that she uses for the various characters are well done and do a great job of bringing the story to life. I do believe that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. This is the fourth book in the In Death series but it could be read as a stand-alone since the mystery is completely contained in this installment. Readers who choose to read the series in order will enjoy watching the personal relationships between the characters grow and change. I can’t wait to read more of this entertaining series. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | May 29, 2023 |
Rapture in Death
4 Stars

A series of suspicious suicides connected to virtual reality goggles has Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas racing against time to stop a demented sociopath bent on destroying that which she holds most dear.

A quick and entertaining read despite the predictable mystery.

The theme of the dangers of subliminal messaging and the very real potential for abuse are compelling, and salient in light of the advances in today’s gaming technologies. Robb’s insights are interesting given the fact that this book was written in 1996.

Although the villain is obvious early on, mainly due to the creepy vibe and shudder inducing comments that they impart, the case is intense and suspenseful. The climax and resolution are particularly intense and had me on the edge of my seat.

Roarke and Eve’s romance goes from strength to strength as Eve finally realizes just how much he means to her. Some of their scenes together are scorching hot and a lot more graphic than I am used to from Nora Roberts.

In terms of character development, Eve allows her personal feelings toward a suspect to influence her investigative method and it almost costs her everything. Her preoccupation, however justified and however despicable the suspect’s actions, is nevertheless unprofessional and dangerous.

Roarke is as sexy and enigmatic as ever and there is one scene in which he is downright scary demonstrating that he has not distanced himself from his dark past on the streets of Dublin as much as was previously believed.

Summerset, Nadine and Mavis all put in appearances, but it is Peabody who absolutely steals the show. Her one-liners are precious.

In sum, this is a fun series and I’m glad that I finally got around to reading it. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 5, 2023 |
In Death 4
  SueJBeard | Jan 8, 2023 |
3.75 Stars

Love the way this started with the killers pov.
I enjoyed it a lot.
The intimate scenes between Rourke and Eve are very adult, Hot and Steamy.
The murders she ends up investigating are creepy & intriguing.

BUT!
For someone who is supposed to be this Great detective, I was disappointed that she didn't catch on sooner to the Real Culprit.
I understood her distraction in the last book keeping her from making the connection to the murderer until the last minute. But this one, she really has no excuse.

Especially this one! It was so obvious to me that I knew by 37%. Just wasn't sure if the other person was involved too.
I really think Eve should have been at least suspicious and more on game. Instead she gets her ass handed to her AGAIN!

I do plan on continuing this series with our group in our Buddy Read Specials.
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/22215844-buddy-read-special-3---in-death-se... ( )
  bodebeabay | Sep 25, 2022 |
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EchevarrĂ­a PĂ©rez, AuroraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ericksen, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
RomanĂ­, LolaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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But I do nothing upon myself, and yet am mine own Executioner.

--John Donne
There is rapture on the lonely shore.

--Lord Byron
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The alley was dark and stank of piss and vomit.
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Fiction. Mystery. Romance. Suspense. HTML:Lieutenant Eve Dallas delves into the world of virtual reality gaming to stop a sadistic killer in this In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in commonâ??and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas finds the deaths suspicious. And her instincts pay off when autopsies reveal small burns on the brains of the victims.

Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eveâ??s investigation turns to the provocative world of virtual reality gamesâ??where the same techniques used to create joy and desire can also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destr

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