It’s strange to think that a series has gone this far. I have just finished book 19 and am starting book 20. This is not even close to the end of the series yet. I am simply surprised and thankful that this series was popular enough for it to continue. Of course, if you had read any of my other reviews you will know that this series follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas in 2051’s (Right now I’m at 2053) New York. With the help of her police team including Detective Peabody, and EDD helpers Capitan Feeney and Detective McNab, Eve works her way through the evidence until she finds justice for the dead she stands for. Here is a bit of a background on this novel: On one of the city’s hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park-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 eyes-removed with such precision, as if done with the careful hands of a surgeon-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 another-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 nightmare…
I really enjoyed reading this novel. I felt that you see more of how Eve deals with sexual homicides. You know these must be difficult for her but she is able to maintain her focus and solve the murder. I felt the plot line was interesting. The killer is murdering women of the same type, i.e. brown hair, white skin, age around 30 years. That’s usually how it happens. Murders develop a type, usually a female that was authoritative but also abusive. It was a bit hard to read the graphic violence, but after a while of reading these novel, I have some how been able to distance myself from the story. The interesting twist in this novel was the sensitives. Sensitives are people in this world that have advanced abilities, basically they are psychics. They are able to have vision and in this case help stop a murder before he can strike again. I thought it dragged a bit in the middle and I felt that it was missing dots when Eve finally figures out who the killer is.
The sex scenes were great. And honestly when are they not? J.D. Robb knows how to write heartfelt scenes that really allow the reader to enter the heroines world. I absolutely LOVE Roarke. He is a great contrast to Eve. He cares for her and takes care of her, but more importantly that are able to argue with each other. I enjoy it when they tease each other, it adds a layer of playfulness to the story.
Overall, I give this story a 5 out 5 stars. I enjoy J.D. Robb’s writing and hope the next novels in the series are just as great as the others. After Book 20 of this series, I will be taking a short break and will be reading Jami Alden’s short novella Private Passions.