Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
In Death #43
Normally I am not bothered by events in a book and how they relate to real life events. But I will be honest and say I had a hard time reading this one because it was about snipers and mass shootings and that’s been so prevalent in the news recently. That being said I still enjoyed the book and I guess you could say that my disturbance with the book just proves how well JD Robb wrote it.
I’ve been reading these books for several years now and I always love reading about Eve, Roarke, Peabody and the whole gang. This was a very serious case and time was very important so there wasn’t a whole lot of personal time for Eve and Roarke but we still got to the see the evolution of Eve’s new office and through that just how much Roarke loves her.
Summerset also played a more active role outside of just butler/assistant to Roarke and it was interesting to read. Bella’s (Mavis and Leonardo’s child) first birthday party was really cute and a good end to the book.
I would have like more personality in Peabody in this one. I felt she was more secondary than usual and rather subdued in her actions and words. I don’t know if it was because of the case they were on or if Robb just didn’t put the same effort into her story line like she normally does.
3 stars – it was good
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. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number 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.
Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016
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