Series: In Death #38
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: February 18th 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
The incomparable J. D. Robb presents the latest moving and suspenseful novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Eve Dallas series.
Leading the demolition of a long-empty New York building that once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband uncovers two skeletons wrapped in plastic. And by the time Eve’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.
The victims are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.
Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.
Eve’s back and this time it’s in a case that’s very close to home. In the course of demolishing a recently acquired building, Roarke discovers two bodies wrapped in plastic and hidden in the wall. At the end of the day, the count is up to twelve, all identified as teenage females who have been behind those walls for fifteen years. Now it falls to Eve to find their identities and also find and bring their killer or killers to justice.
This case reminds Eve of her past and the similarity to the experiences of some of the girls and her investigation begins with the various occupants of the building, especially focusing on the shelter that occupied the building fifteen years ago. Digging to the backgrounds of the people running the shelter does not yield any clues and even though Eve is determined to get justice for the girls, she may have to give up on the case. However, help comes in the form of her best friend, Mavis. Turns out Mavis was well acquainted with some of the girls from her time on the streets and she provides Eve with the connections that help solve the case.
CONCEALED IN DEATH was more laid back than other books in the series and highlights the fact most police work involves research – following leads, running searches, interviewing witnesses and so on. There were no bad guys to chase and take down here and it made for an interesting change of pace. I’ve got tell you, I was a little bummed that there was going to be no take down of a bad guy. What can I say? I live vicariously through Eve Dallas!
Once again, we see Eve stepping away from the work to enjoy her time with people in her life, especially her husband, Roarke. She is getting comfortable with expressing her feelings for him and I just enjoy every personal moment they share. Some of my other enjoyable moments include the times she spends with the Miras, especially Dennis and her crush on him.
The end was bittersweet for me. I found myself wondering if there was enough justice for those girls. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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