Series: In Death #37
Published by Berkley on September 17th 2013
Genres: Mystery, Romantic Suspense
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In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the year 2060 is drawing to a close in New York City and loved ones are coming together for Thanksgiving. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water…
Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke’s big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.
Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn’t made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him—but they didn’t think he was capable of this.
Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.
Whenever I need a tried and true escape, I know I can rely on the In Death series by J.D. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts). It’s hard to believe that Thankless in Death is the 37th book in the series.
I particularly enjoyed that the killer is revealed in the first chapter. Parts of the story are told from his point of view, and it’s interesting to discover his thought process as his crimes escalate. He really is one of the more despicable villains I’ve read. At the same time, he’s very much a spoiled boy out to exact revenge on anyone he believes ever slighted him in the least.
Because there’s no whodunit, the challenge comes in Eve’s ability to chase down the killer before he strikes again. As usual, Eve is amazing in her ability to get inside the mind the bad guy, but this is a tough case for her to crack. The last thing she needs is to host Thanksgiving dinner and entertain Roarke’s huge Irish family who is visiting from Ireland. Side note: May I say how much I adore Roarke’s aunt, Sinead?
Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, and Commander Whitney are back again. I only wish some of the other secondary characters were integrated into the plot more. I missed the bickering between Summerset and Eve. Mavis, Eve’s best friend and one of the more zany characters in the series, has been MIA for awhile now. Even the colorful, brilliant McNab makes only the briefest of appearances.
The pace towards the end really picks up as the anticipation increases. The epilogue left me teary and happy. If you enjoy grizzly murders and suspense, with many touching and humorous moments, I recommend this one.
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