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Kindred in Death (In Death Series #29)

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7 out of 9 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 10 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 November 6, 2009

    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 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.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

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    review taken from One Book At A Time http://onebooktime.blogspot.com

    I've always enjoyed this series. I like the futuristic setting (I like how advanced technology is in this series). Plus, I love the characters . But, after 29 books (there's actually a newer one than this plus 2 more set for release in fall and winter), I'm wondering if the series is starting to get redundant.

    Yes, Dallas is still battling her inner demons. I understand how after years of repressing it, it's going to take awhile for the memories to not fill so raw. But, I would like a book or too, were the case doesn't connect with Dallas. At the same time, I think each of these cases helps Dallas heal a little more. So, I hope you see my inner battle.

    I like the stories that seem to involve the whole gang more. This one seems to focus so much on Dallas, that even Peabody is a background character. I did really enjoy the case. It's gruesome and the police have so little to go on, I'm amazed they solved it. I liked how all the pieces fit so neatly together. I also liked how I was think the killer was someone completely different than it was.

    I'm sure I will keep reading this series. Eve and Roarke are to good to give up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    JUST OKAY

    Not my favorite author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    Not her best

    I usually love JD Robb, however I found this particular story very disappointing. I started it and had trouble getting into it. I found the the manner of death very distasteful, however, that didn't bother me as much as the fact they discussed it over & over & over - I was lke, I get the point! The story also seemed to jump around alot. I thought the book probably could have used another 100 pages where some additional background and/or information would have helped. To me it seemed like it was almost a rush job to get the book done and to print. I hope with the next one she takes more time and fills in more of the blanks.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    enjoyable read, weak resolution

    I always enjoy this series and its characters; however, I am usually disappointed in the resolution of the crime. . .it most always seems rushed compared to the care and detail that is put into the other plot elements.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Same old same old.

    This book is entertaining and worth the read - with one caveat. If you are a Nora Roberts fan (and I am!), you will notice or have already noticed that she writes so many books, both as JD Robb and under her own name, that after awhile all the books become predictable! The dialogue is old, and plots are predictable, and half way through the book I am bored. This book is no exception. I wish that Roberts would slow down with the releases every year, to maybe one from each pen name, and then they would be more special, less predictable, and more anticipated. These "in Death" series books are getting repetitive and boring....

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  • Posted December 25, 2009

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    A good, reliable read

    This is the 29th book in the Eve Dallas series by J.D. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts) and is another winner! I really like Nora, as she's a talented writer who knows what her audience wants, and she always delivers! I can always rely on her for a good, fast read.

    In this outing, Eve is called upon to solve a murder involving the 16 year old daughter of a police captain. The girl is brutally murdered, but we know that Eve never gives up and that she will solve the crime and make sure that the bad guy(s) pay. All of the usual cast of characters are here; from her ultra-sexy husband Roarke to her partner Peabody, the EDD team, Dr Mira, etc.

    Am giving this a 3/5 as while it's nothing spectacular and is predictable, it has good, solid writing with a decent plot and delivers exactly what you expect from a Dallas/Roarke story. Enjoy!

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    A disappointing read.

    I was very diappointed in this 29th book of the "In death" series. The characters have become very boring. Where is the witty dialog that used to be; between Eve and Roarke, Eve and Peabody, actually Eve and anyone? Roarke has become too ordinary and so is the plot of this book, absolutely unthrilling, I found it ridiculous. I know this is a futuristic novel but I hoped in the future they would be less ordinary. Also in her future books Ms. Roberts should post a dictionary if she insist on writting half the book in ACRONYMs. It is very anoying when I come across words such as "FUBAR" and don't know what it means, then my comprenension goes awry. I only finished this novel to see if it got any better. Sadly it did not.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

    Not as good as the rest

    The In death series are my absolute favorite,howeverr this was my least
    favorite to date. The plot was boring not well thought out. Do not give up on this series if it was your first read. I wish the author would get back to the plots being about or involving the key characters. The last couple of books in the series have all been Roarke just working on the computer. Thats boring!!!!!

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