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Kindred in Death (In Death Series #29)

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

FAMILY MATTERS

The beauty in Robb's In Death series is in Eve Dallas' journey of discovery towards finding kindred spirits, kin and family. In an earlier novel Eve justified her ploy to use herself to lure a murderer out of his craven cover by saying she could count on one hand the pe...
The beauty in Robb's In Death series is in Eve Dallas' journey of discovery towards finding kindred spirits, kin and family. In an earlier novel Eve justified her ploy to use herself to lure a murderer out of his craven cover by saying she could count on one hand the people who care for her and about whom she cares. Shaken, Roarke asks her how many cases she has had and how many dead she has "stood for." Hundreds!

Roarke knows Eve has never forgotten each face and name. And along the way this brilliant, courageous, difficult and troubled heroine has gathered kin, friends, love and family, the ultimate forces behind all of the books in the series.

Dr. Mira often reminds Eve that the cases are personal, a fact which drives Eve to right the wrongs, give dignity once again to the dead and restore them to their family. Indeed, family factors into this novel when a lovely daughter of a police Capt. is raped and murdered.

Eve knows first hand the horror of the abuse this innocent suffered. Now she examines the dynamics and dysfunction of the murderer's family as well as other family units. What drives one terrorized child to kill and another equally terrorized to stand for the dead as Eve does.

On this quest Eve learns about herself. But this courageous defender is tentative and inexperienced in outward displays of affection and fellowship-of babies, friends, parents and love. Brilliant and confident, Eve stands for the dead, yet awkward and unprotected she stands before those who love her.

But Robb surrounds Eve in every novel with people such as Peabody, Mavis, Louise, Nadine and other kindred folk who gravitate to Eve. Of course, there is Mira. In one scene Dr. Mira escorts Eve on an interview and compliments Eve for her kindnesses. Amusingly, Eve shows off before Mira with a chase and take down of a petty thief, winning Mira's amazement.

Is it coincidence that Mira's name begins with M- for mother, or am I searching for a symbol. Wonderful scenes between motherly Mira and unfolding Eve appear in all of the books. Mira matters dearly to Eve. And even Mira's children reveal to Eve that Eve is a child of Mira's heart.

Who could doubt Feeney's( F for father) protective, nurturing relationship to Eve and his developing kinship with Roarke, "son-in-law" and mutual defender of all things Eve.

This entry to the series is not perfect, but when one loves the characters, it does not matter. I wanted more humorous interaction with Peabody, and a car chase, of all things, featuring Eve's fully loaded, low profile car, a present from Roarke in Promises.

Actually I even wanted more of the Greek chorus- Summerset. He pushes the spitfire Eve to be a better person, able to show her true feelings. One funny exchange occurred when he remarked on Eve's banged up face: "I see you have had your monthly facial, Lieutenant."

In Kindred, Robb surrounds Eve with families, some dysfunctional and dangerous, willing to destroy their own, and others growing and changing positively. Ultimately, we have Peabody's free ager family, Dr. Mira, her loving husband and grandchildren, best friend Mavis, Leonardo and baby Belle among the many family units enfolding Eve with their warmth and comfort. Finally, Roarke and Eve, two "lost souls" further cement their love and family ties, while hosting Louise and Charles' wedding ceremony, uniting two kindred spirits before their extended family.

posted by Trueheart on November 10, 2009

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Not her best.

I was disappointed. The plot wasn't well thought out. It was a stretch as to why the murders were being committed. The wedding seemed to be an afterthought. Language usually doesn't bother me but the grandmother's profanity seemed off. I did enjoy seeing that Eve i...
I was disappointed. The plot wasn't well thought out. It was a stretch as to why the murders were being committed. The wedding seemed to be an afterthought. Language usually doesn't bother me but the grandmother's profanity seemed off. I did enjoy seeing that Eve is mellowing some or it could have been the characters just weren't developed well in this book. The book just seemed hurried but, even a bad book by JD Robb (Nora Roberts) is better then many writers good books.

Read this book, especially of you into the in-death series, but don't expect JD Robb's usual great read. If you've never read a book by JD Robb, don't base the series off this one book.

posted by ILikeReading on November 6, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    This is the first Robb book I have read and I amsure will be my last.

    If I had rated this on the first 50 pages it would be even worse. The story was confusing because the author would change settings, scenes, people, conversations, etc. with no notice or break in the "action". I am the kind of person that finishes a book that is started - that makes it frustrating because I never should have finished it. Myrecommendation is, do not even start this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    Disappointing

    Surprisingly, I was disappointed. I've read them all! I agree in all respects with Not Her Best. I missed the intricacies of the characters' lives and expected a more complex, involved plot. I'm waiting for Eve to heal and continue to develop in her relationships. The focus on the murders seemed stretched.
    I'm re-reading the first three books in the series just to remind me of how they got started and why I love the series so much.

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