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About the Author
J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the bestselling In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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Similarly, the secondary characters played enough of a part to let us know how they are doing, but not so much that they detracted from the main focus of the plot. Nora Roberts has created a rich cast of supporting characters, which adds texture and helps the character development of Eve and Roark. They can't all play a large role in every book, however, and Roberts uses them wisely; when they can support the plot, they have a larger role, and when they aren't needed for that, they get less page time.
I particularly liked the way Eve's and Roark's relationship is growing and changing. The sex scenes are more gentle and Eve is a bit softer and less aggressive with Roark. She still has her hard edge with work, but her personal relationships are evolving as she gains a wider circle of good friends and as she becomes comfortable in her marriage. If Eve's character remained static, with the hard edges perfectly intact, she would seem to be more of a caricature and less human-like. The softening is just right; it reflects the positive changes she has undergone since her marriage, but leaves enough of the kick-ass Eve present to maintain the integrity of Eve's personality.
I liked the plot in this book. It held my interest and kept me turning the pages. Some reviewers felt the identity of the villain was too obvious and this spoiled the story. Whether or not the villain was obvious was not a consideration for me. I enjoyed the journey from the beginning to the unmasking. How the characters interacted, how the investigation unfolded, the dialogue and the combination of investigative and personal relationships kept me engaged throughout the story.
How readers will react to this book and whether or not they will like it, may depend upon what direction the reader wants the series to take. If readers likes an organic type of growth, with a gradual shift to a gentler, happier Eve, they will likely appreciate this book. Those who want the character of the darker, anti-social, unhappy Eve that was introduced in the beginning of the series, will probably think this book is too light.
I was very happy with this book and I recommend it. I think it was very well written and I love the way Eve is growing and evolving. There are critics who feel the book is not true to J.D. Robb's writing style and think it was not written by her. I definitely did not get that sense. It is not that she is writing out of character, but that she is writing to evolving characters. However, we don't all like the same things or view things the same way, so there will be readers who do not feel as I do.
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