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Visions in Death (2004)
by J. D. Robb
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The 19th In Death concerns a killer who is beating, raping, and brutalizing young women and removing their eyes as the final insult. A psychic named Celina Sanchez comes to help with the case. She's a friend of Dr. Louis DiMatto.
The case brings back the trauma of Eve's own childhood. She tells her partner Peabody about her childhood expanding the very small pool of people who know about it.
Eve visits Dochas for the first time which also reinforces the bad dreams she has. However, it also illustrates the ways she and Roarke have dealt with their childhood traumas in contrast to the way the killer deals.
Peabody almost becomes a victim of the killer and spends some time in intensive care.
This story has Eve realizing how big her circle of friends has grown and how much she cherishes them all. There's a dinner party with Charles and Louise, McNab and Peabody, and Eve and Roarke that gives her a nice break from the intensity of the murder investigation. I also really like that Eve and Mira are getting closer with each book.
This was a good one. I've read it at least once and listened to the audio at least twice. I never grow tired of Eve and Roarke and the gang. Such a good series.
I always had a strong skepticism of folks who claimed they could see things, whether it be visions of the future, or something else. Then I met Sandi. We had been married a number of years and with kids before she told me she had the ability to see things before they happened. Not during the event, but before it. It did not happen that often, sometimes more than a year would pass between such deals, but I learned that when she had a very strong dream of something that she believed would happen, I really should pay attention.
So, Lieutenant Dallasâ€™s skepticism of such abilities reflected my own long ago as Visions in Death: Eve Dallas Mysteries by J. D. Robb begins. This is the 19th book in the series. It is still September 2059 and just after recent events detailed in the last book. She has been out with Roarke, doing the corporate wife thing, and has survived the four-hour event without killing anyone. She counts that as a win and is looking forward to getting out of her dress and high heels. That is until her latest case begins.
Her and Detective Delia Peabody are dispatched to Belvedere Castle in Central Park. A young woman has been brutally assaulted and killed. It wasnâ€™t bad enough that she was raped and strangled by way of a red ribbon wrapped around her neck. The killer set the body up as a presentation of what he done and finished the act by taking her eyes with him.
This poor woman wasnâ€™t the first and certainly wonâ€™t be the last. Detective Peabody and Lieutenant Dallas are chasing yet another killer across the city from kill site to kill site as he works his own agenda. What that agenda is or why he is doing it remains a mystery to them both. That means Dallas is going to come up with a risky plan in Visions in Death.
All the usual caveats apply here in this read as they have been from the beginning. The former writer in me cringes every so often with all the head hopping shifts of POV in many paragraphs, awkward transitions, and all the rest of it. At the same time, this read, and the series in general, pulls you in from the start of the tale.
Which is ultimately why it works. The series characters you care about, the crimes are often twisted and gruesome, and the stories are interesting. While there might be flaws in the construction of the storytelling, depending on the eye of the beholder, there is no doubt the actual story is compelling. Every case, including this one, pulls the reader in quickly and weaves a complicated world with murder at the heart of it. Technology changes over time, but human emotions do not. These books work well and can become quite addictive. Visions in Death is another good one.
My reading copy came by way of the Libby/OverDrive app and the Dallas Public Library System.
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Fiction. Mystery. Romance. Suspense. HTML:Detective Eve Dallas searches the darkest corners of Manhattan for an elusive killer with a passion for collecting soulsin this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.
On one of the city's hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Parkâ??and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of the lake. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyesâ??removed with the precision of a surgeonâ??that have Dallas most alarmed.
As more bodies turn up, each with the same defining scars, Eve is frantic for answers. Against her instincts, she accepts help from a psychic who offers one vision after anotherâ??each with shockingly accurate details of the murders. And when partner and friend Peabody is badly injured after escaping an attack, the stakes are raised. Are the eyes a symbol? A twisted religious ritual? A souvenir? With help from her husband, Roarke, Dallas must uncover the killer's motivation before another vision becomes another
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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Eve and her team investigate a series of vicious murders of young women. In a strange turn of events, Eve finds herself consulting a psychic whose visions are eerily accurate. Will they be able to find the killer before he attacks again?
Despite the futuristic setting, Robb's characters and stories demonstrate that people are the same no matter the century. Whether it be hatred, jealousy and fear, or love, friendship and family, human nature does not change.
While the storylines in the series are becoming formulaic (not surprising given the number of books), Robb still manages to catch the reader off guard every once in a while. Thus, what starts off as a run-of-the-mill serial killer case (which is exciting in and of itself), has an exceptional twist at the end.
The characterization is, as always, a highlight and there are some really wonderful moments as Eve finally opens up with Peabody.
All in all, another enjoyable installment and I'm having fun working my way through the books.