Title: Echoes in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Release Date: 7th February 2017
A dark and gripping new case for Lieutenant Eve Dallas – from number one bestseller J.D. Robb
New York at night. A young woman stumbles out on to a busy street - right in front of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and husband Roarke. Her name is Daphne Strazza, and she has been brutally assaulted. Confused and traumatised, she manages to tell them one thing. Her attacker wore a devil's mask.
As Eve investigates this shocking case, she soon discovers a disturbing pattern. Someone is preying on wealthy couples, subjecting them to a cruel and terrifying ordeal. Worse still, the attacks are escalating in violence and depraved theatricality. Eve and her team are now in a race against time to find the man behind the mask - before he strikes again. But for Eve, this case in particular has unsettling echoes of her own troubled past . . .
I believe this is the forty-forth installment in the In Death series, how amazing is that, I have read about thirty of those books including this one and I don't think there is a bad story in any of them. I really don't know how Nora Roberts aka JD Robb does it, the woman has one heck of a talent.
So does her cop extraordinaire, the kick ass Eve Dallas, Lieutenant in the NYPSD and wife to Irish gazillionaire Rourke, oh and cat mum to Galahad better not forget him!
This book features all the characters we know and love and of course it has a brutal murder that needs to be solved but it starts with a victim who is very much alive - Daphne Strazza.
Found wandering during a cold winter evening by Dallas and Rourke, she is out of it, traumatised, horrified, something has happened and of course NYPSD's finest is going to make sure she finds out what has happened. Daphne has been attacked, raped, totally brutalised and all she can manage to say is that her attacker wore a devil's mask.
The case turns out to be a home invasion and Daphne was not alone when it happened, her husband, a brilliant surgeon was there too. When Dallas arrives at the crime scene she discovers his body and with the help of Peabody and the rest of NYPSD's finest she is determined for Daphne to find her husbands killer.
But this of course is not a simple case, it shows all the hallmarks of two previous home invasions, one where a man dressed as Dracula beat up the husband and raped the woman, and another where a ghoul did exactly the same. It looks like this is a repeat offender, one with a sick taste in dressing up and a sicker fantasy playing out in their head.
Will Dallas get to the bottom of this case, yes she will but of course it is how she gets there that make every single In Death story so excellent. I could quite happily read all the books from the start again and not be bored.
New York is perfect in the story, covered in snow, which is my favourite weather for Dallas to be out solving crime!
An excellent read, this series continues to excel, long may it continue.
Thank you to Piatkus for sending me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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