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Abandoned in Death: An Eve Dallas thriller (In Death 54)

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I felt this book was a little different from usual. While it does investigate a murder, that investigation quickly turns into a missing person one, trying to find the other women who've been taken. This gives the investigation a different feel, bringing in some characters that we don't always see, or that are more in the background than many. 

The story moves between the investigation in the present, and the past which gives us an insight into what happened to make someone kidnap women, and kill. The flashbacks definitely helped move the story along, they gave increasing understanding of the past, while not revealing too many clues in the present time as to who the killer was. 

There was a different feel of tension in this story, knowing that women were held and likely to be killed within a short timescale, gave it a different feel and pace. However, this intensity was brilliantly offset by the fabulous Peabody and Mavis and their new home, which gave a nice balance to the story.   

Although this was a slightly different take on the usual, I still really enjoyed it. There is the risk with a series, especially with one as long running as this, that it starts to get stale but this book and the changes in it show that that is not happening here. This is another brilliant addition to the series and I can't wait for the next book.
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I wait with bated breath each February and September for the new 'In Death' title to drop and I'm rarely, if ever, disappointed.

As a veteran reader, you know what to expect going in. You know you'll meet old friends, adversaries and new murders that need Lieutenant Dallas, Peabody and the rest of  Eve's crime fighting team, to stand for the dead.

I really thought I'd cracked this one.  JD Robb is so good at drip, drip, dripping red herrings that certainly led me down, what I thought was the right path. I gloried in my ability to see what was so clearly in front of me. I was ecstatic! I WAS WRONG!

I have never been gobsmacked into such complete and utter silence as I was when Eve, the decorated NYPSD Lieutenant showed me the error of my suspicions.

As always, JD Robb captures the reader not just with the story but also with the interactions between her beautifully diverse characters. These interactions will undoubtedly make you laugh, shriek, shake your head in absolute wonder and maybe even have you shed a tear or two.

Another fabulous addition to the 'In Death' family.
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Simply amazing! I’ve read a few of the books from the ‘In Death’ series, each of them really good. So I knew this book would be good as well, and am happy to say that it went actually well beyond my expectations. This is book 54 in the series, however the story is just as fresh and gripping as the other books, in fact I would say that this is one of the best in the series till now.
This book is an absolute page-turner and really hard to put down once you start reading. I specially enjoyed the way the chapters are divided between the past and the present, with the past telling the readers what actually happened. Definitely recommended and am now looking forward to the next book in the series..
Thank you to the publishers Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advanced copy of this ebook and giving me a chance to review it.
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I've been wanting to read this series for a while but never got to it. Seeing the opportunity to proofread it I didn't hesitate a second. I was told that these books can be read as stand-alone books, and to some extent, I agree. But I did have the impression that I was missing out on so much, as the characters are already so developed; all the names that are being dropped already being established who they are made it a bit more difficult to read for a stand-alone book. 

But I did enjoy the book and am even more motivated to read the rest of the series now. The way Eve goes about solving the murder and how the story is told is just amazing. Definitely a recommend.
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I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of Abandoned in Death, the fifty fourth novel to feature Lieutenant Eve Dallas of NYSPD, set in 2061.

When the body of Lauren Elder is found on a park bench, perfectly dressed with a note saying Bad Mommy, Eve and the team are puzzled by the period detail. When further investigation reveals the disappearance of two other women who bear a strong resemblance to Lauren the hunt is on to find a killer and save more victims. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Abandoned in Death, which is a good addition to the series with a twisted perpetrator and a difficult investigation. As ever the novel is told from Eve’s point of view, but this has a bonus of flashbacks to events from a previous time and some glimpses of the victims’ experiences, which hint at how the unnamed killer has become a killer and what is motivating him. It works to a certain extent, but motive doesn’t interest me as much as the investigation  and Eve does a sterling job of working it out for herself and quickly enough not to frustrate the reader, who already has the information.

I like the premise of the novel, which, brutally speaking, is one down, two to go. It adds tension and urgency to the investigation and I think that the clue that opens it up for the endgame is brilliant in its banality. Loved it that the killer’s obsession with perfection undid him.

This is a long running series with a host of regular characters, but they don’t get much of an airing in this novel. With as much focus on the killer there is not much room for Eve’s friends to play much more than a mention, the exceptions being her husband, Roarke and her deputy, Peabody.

Abandoned in Death is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.
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I’ve read up to book 35 in this series and the odd one after that (I’m working my way through a full re-read) so I don’t know if I have missed anyway some slight changes in format before this one. I was surprised that Roarke didn’t show up until a full quarter of the way through and after that took quite a backseat in proceedings. There was a little bit of his technical wizardry but otherwise he felt more of a secondary character in this one.

That’s not a bad thing though. I enjoyed seeing the team work as a team without too much reliance on his IT skills and also a more prominent role of Jenkinson & Reineke and some of the other crime lab staff. They may have been in quite a bit before but I’ve yet to get to that in my re-read. So that was quite a nice little change of pace & keeps the series fresh.

Eve is on the hunt for someone who has killed and also abducted 2 others so it’s a race against time to find him/her before anything happens to the women. She’s also trying to track down a women from 50 years earlier with no name and only a tattoo to identify her. Yeah good luck with that. But if you’ve read the books, you know the team skills and nothing is impossible. Plenty of twists and turns as you’d expect and I think I missed a plot point somewhere so the end result took me by surprise (I’ll be extra vigilant on my re-read!). I love this series, it’s one of my favourites and this one doesn’t disappoint
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As usual, I loved J. D. Robb new book. I read Abandoned in Death in one-sitting from start to finish, it was impossible for me to put down the book, even though I had to get up early the next day. 

Even though this is the 54th book, this series doesn’t become repetitive and stale, this latest release to the series is just as interesting as the first. I love to see the growth of the characters and I especially love how the author manages to add new characters in a way that flows perfectly with the older and more established characters. 

I continue to love this series and thought the story of the book was amazing. I fully recommend not only this book but this series. 

Arc generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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You'd think by book number 54 that [author:J.D. Robb|17065] would be running out of fresh, new plots but not so. This one is just as intriguing and gripping as the rest of the series. 

Eve's case involves a young woman, whose body was found lying on a bench in a playground, carefully dressed in vintage clothing from fifty years earlier with a note in a child's writing saying 'Bad Mommy'. Two other young women of similar appearance to the victim are also missing, snatched off the street in a similar way to the victim and Eve is concerned that the killer may kill again if she can't find him first.

As usual for Robb, it's a tight plot with many avenues to explore, complicated by the need to explore events and find people from fifty years before (ie. start of the 21st century). Eve has to get inside the killer's psyche to work out why he's behaving as he is and Dr Mira is called on for her psychological profiling. Peabody, McNab and the rest of the team all pulling their weight in helping to hunt down the killer and find the missing women as the clock ticks down. The ever delectable Roarke also pitches in when not helping Mavis and Leonardo with security and electronics in their massive house restoration. As always, a good mix of characters and plot made for an engrossing read.
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Another in the Eve Dallas series, this time with a slightly different format, with flashbacks to ‘before’. I enjoyed this book, as I always do with this character: it’s futuristic, a police procedural of its time, and has a very strong female lead. There is always a good story, the supporting characters having developed their own back stories over the course of the last 50-odd books and  new characters help to keep things interesting. My only quibble was less Roarke than usual. Still a good read, and I didn’t guess who dunnit. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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The latest instalment in the Eve Dallas books and it's a good one!

I'm not usually a fan of flashbacks, but in this case I did  like the Before and Now sections of the book - fairly short but just enough Before to help develop the story and keep you intrigued.  I could pretty much guess at where the story was heading, but the writing is fluid and fast paced, making it engrossing and hard to put down despite that.

Eve Dallas is one of my favourite fictional characters and I love seeing her at work and interacting with all her long standing supporting characters - including those ties !  It's great to see how all Eve's relationships continue to develop and evolve over time from Book 1..  Not all of them appear in all the books, but this one had appearances from most.

A really good read!
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Three young women have gone missing. They're all pretty, mid-twenties - someone clearly has a type. But no one links their disappearances until the first - Lauren Elder - is found lying peacefully on a bench in a children's playground. She is neatly dressed with a wide black velvet ribbon covering where her neck has been precisely slit. Her hands are folded over a childish sign on which is written in black crayon - BAD MOMMY.  Wow what a book.  I am still sat thinking about this book even though I finished it a few days ago.  I cannot write a review to do this book justice.   I was hooked from the first page.  The writing is superb and enthralling and overall, I just loved this book.
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Abandoned in Death by JD Robb
I give this book 4.25 stars 

3 young women have gone missing. But no one links their disappearances until the first is found lying peacefully on a bench in a children's playground.Her hands are folded over a childish sign on which is written in black crayon - BAD MOMMY.

Lt Eve Dallas and her team are brought in to investigate Lauren's murder and uncover the links to the other two women. Can they find out enough about the missing women and unmask their captor before they kill again....?

Although this is book 54 it’s the first one lve read.l love Nora Roberts and had no idea she was JD Robb. 
I took to Eve straight away she’s a strong female lead.,tough,smart and compassionate This book covers more of the Police procedural side of the story which l find intriguing, and l really enjoyed how the main characters personal lives were mixed into the case.l found it well written with a solid plot, it completely held my attention and I had no idea who the killer was. 
Was it good enough to make me want to start from book 1 and read them all…… the answer is YES! 
With thanks to Netgalley,JD Robb and Little, Brown Book Group UK, Piatkus for my chance to read and review this book
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What never ceases to amaze me about the Dallas/Roarke series is the variety of plots. We're onto number 54 and again the plot is fresh, well written and distcintive. 
I love the characterisation and in Abandoned in Death, we are treated to two timelines, which I think really contributed to the flow of the book. 
The characters, both the detectives and the criminal were beautifully written. I really got to know the killer through the 'Before' timeline and this enhanced my enjoyment of the book. It put the crime into a believable context which made for good reading. 
The procedural element of these books is always spot on and in Abandoned in Death we are treated to a detailed account of how the criminal is caught. 
I love the humanity of these books and because they'reset in the future, they have an edginess about them that sets them apart. Another fab read from JD Robb.
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This is book 54 in a long running series
It can be read as a stand alone but you would miss a lot of the background stories, interactions, relationship building between Eve, her husband an the secondary characters.
I found this story very good on the police investigation how they broke down and find each of the clues to track the murder.
I do enjoy the writing style, the characters spring from the pages and you care about what goes on with their lives. I also enjoyed the way it flipped from before and present day to tell the story. For me this was a good read kept me enthralled till the end.

I was given an arc of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Absolutely love these books the latest one in the series was the best one yet usually you have some idea of who it is but there was no clue with this one I cannot recommend it highly enough
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Part of a long running series which has become a must read for many. Eve Dallas is a strong cop who is on a deadline to save a life. Murder has already being committed with the body found in the park with a sign “Bad Mommy”. Good investigative police work shines through this story. Eve and her cops take it personally and will follow every twist and turn which will bring the past to life. These are characters that spring from the page and are good for many more outings.
I was given an arc of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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The Clock Is Ticking,,,
The latest (and the fifty fourth in the In Death series) Eve Dallas suspense finds the Lieutenant in a frantic race against time. With lives in jeopardy and the clock ticking will the past throw up enough clues to progress this tumultuous investigation? As ever, a credible cast of characters, an intriguing plot and a compelling narrative provide a thrill ride of a read as red herrings abound along the way.
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Meet up with familiar characters as they work against time to solve the abduction and murders of 3 young women. The why, who and where is a race seemingly impossible to solve but Tiny clues add up to give a picture of the perpetrator.
Jd Robb does not disappoint and the characters develop along with the series. Firm fan that looks out for her books in both writing names
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A nice detective story, which takes place between two different time planes, but which, as lately happens, leaves little room for the "main characters", which are then the main reason why I keep on reading this series. 

Un bel giallo, che si svolge tra due diversi piani temporali, ma che, come ultimamente capita, lascia poco spazio ai personaggi storici, che sono poi la ragione principale per cui io continuo a leggere questa serie. 

I received from the Publisher a complimentary digital advanced review copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.
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J.D. Robb’s long-running “In Death” series shows no signs of stopping, delivering futuristic crime thrillers with a strong lead and gripping plots. 
“Abandoned in Death” is another excellent instalment in the series but with a slightly different structure to the other books as it includes flashbacks scenes from the past that provide background to the murder case in the present.
Red herrings abound to wrong-foot even the most experienced crime-thriller reader and some of the supporting characters are developed further. 
Truly impossible to put down, “Abandoned in Death” was a stunning read from start to finish, with a sense of urgency that never lets up.
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