I've said it before and I will say it again: the supporting/secondary characters are what make this series. I love McNabb, Peabody, Nadine, the wholeI've said it before and I will say it again: the supporting/secondary characters are what make this series. I love McNabb, Peabody, Nadine, the whole crew. They are funny, entertaining, and put up with way too much of Eve's baggage.
That being said, this novel pinpointed some of the flaws in the In Death series (sorry Roberts). It is set in the future and while the technology is "sci-fi" in nature (Auto Chefs, holos, etc.) Roberts lacks the ability to write them in terms other than "pinpoint lights and squiggly lines." While I don't think the series, or books, should delve a lot into sci-fi and technical terminology (as that is not Roberts's target audience) too much, I actually laughed my way through the briefing with EDD. If Roberts is going to focus on tech in one of the cases, she could (and should) at least throw in one or two technical terms that doesn't make it sound like she's making the whole thing up. (Which yes, I know she is, but it "wiggling lines" just sounds ridiculous and makes Eve look uneducated for someone living in a tech filled world in 2060)....more
**spoiler alert** I can see why this is one of the favorites of the series. It has all (or most of) our favorite supporting characters. I can understa**spoiler alert** I can see why this is one of the favorites of the series. It has all (or most of) our favorite supporting characters. I can understand why a lot of readers are hard on Eve over her treatment of the child. HOWEVER, we are talking about a woman who doesn't deal with children on a day to day basis, has no motherhood instincts, and a less than stellar childhood. While it would've been nice for Eve and Roarke to adopt Nixy, the truth is, is that they aren't ready to be parents. The discussion (and comedic panic from both) over future children was an honest, open dialog, between a married couple and nice to see.
While Roberts has stated (on more than one occasion) that readers will never see Eve and Roarke as parents, I'm hoping she does change her mind on that eventually. I would hate for the series to end with Eve's pregnancy and no insight into the changes in their lives. Readers love these two, the supporting characters, and I hope to see Roberts venture into the "unknown" at some point.
Eve seemed softened in this book in some ways with Roarke and it was nice to see her actually embrace being a wife (in terms of her feelings and fear of losing her husband) instead of panic about it all the time....more
In general, I'm not a fan of the "in death" short stories, but I read them (or rather listen to them) because they are part of a larger series. This oIn general, I'm not a fan of the "in death" short stories, but I read them (or rather listen to them) because they are part of a larger series. This one... was incredibly boring. The concept was rather good, but since it was rushed into a short story rather than a full fledged novel, it was downright boring and the speed with which Roarke and Eve (Peabody and McNab being almost completely absent in the last half of the story) solved the case was downright ridiculous....more
I'm working on catching up on previous in death books that my library didn't have on hand, so I've read a couple of them out of order. I read ImitatioI'm working on catching up on previous in death books that my library didn't have on hand, so I've read a couple of them out of order. I read Imitation in Death just before this one. As a result it was two women hating criminals in a row, which is why this one only got three stars. There's only two books between Imitation and Visions, so I feel that Roberts should have a little more variety as far as her "bad guys" are concerned. Yes, one of was a killer imitating serial killers and the other was a mentally disturbed man with mommy issues. However, both criminals had huge issues with women and that was just too much "women hating" in too short of a time.
Peabody continues to remain one of my favorite characters in the series. It was nice to see Eve actually show some emotion to the people around her for a change, instead of constantly keeping up the bravado all the time. I have to be honest (and I've probably written this in another review), that for being the M.C. of the series, Eve is one of my least favorite characters. I'm not saying that I don't like her, I do, but I find the supporting characters (Feeny, Peabody, McNab, Charles, Mavis, Somerset, etc.) far more entertaining than Eve.
It's been nice to see how much Eve has grown as a person since the first book and how fast her circle of friends has extended. As I pointed out above, Eve showing some emotion (other than disdain) for the friends in her life has been a nice change. The idea that Eve is/could be a sensitive is both annoying (as I don't like the use of physics in this futuristic world, but I'm not the author...) and adds some clarity. Eve gets into the criminals heads in a way that is both admirable and creepy.
That being said, I would like for Eve to be wrong every now and then. To make a mistake or an error in her cop work. I'm just over halfway through the series now, but Eve's lack of mistakes where her work is concerned is both annoying and unrealistic. Eve is arrogant and that arrogance is one of the reasons that she is my least favorite character. I think that she could stand to be taken down a peg or two and learn some humility. Yes, she has a tragic background that has hardened her to the world around her and I'm not saying it needs to be a huge error, but the fact that she's always right is just downright annoying.
About the audiobook: Since I listened to my first "in death" audiobook, it is the only way I prefer to work through this series. Susan Ericksen is a rare gem when it comes to audiobooks. Too many narrators are monotone or are not very good at doing voices (particularly from a man to woman) and can make it difficult to follow who is saying what unless you have the written word in front of you.
Ericksen is AMAZING. She's been doing these audiobooks for so long that she has perfected the various voices of all the main cast, does a great job at imitating the droids and technology, and makes the new characters entertaining. I haven't read an in death novel since listening to my first audibook because it just isn't the same. I hope that Ericksen continues to work in audio for a long time to come because she is a rock star....more
This is one of the better books in the series in a long time. The last several books in the death series have been predictable to the point that I almThis is one of the better books in the series in a long time. The last several books in the death series have been predictable to the point that I almost gave up. This one wasn't and it was a nice change of pace....more
I think that with this book, and the one before, Roberts finally hit her stride with her characters. I love the interactions and relationships betweenI think that with this book, and the one before, Roberts finally hit her stride with her characters. I love the interactions and relationships between Sommerset, Eve, Roarke, Peabody, McNab, Galand, Mavis, etc. It's take a while to get here and so it has been a fun ride to watch Eve build her own little family organically and slowly....more