Book: Concealed in Death

Concealed in Death by J.D.Robb
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: 2/18/2014
Reviewed by Lori Twichell

In the heart of New York City, Roarke has purchased an old, battered building in order to renovate it. With much talk about taking it down to the ‘bones’ so that it can be built back up into something gorgeous, he’s already hired teams to excavate and renovate. When he kicks off the whole celebration by wielding a sledge hammer and tearing into one of the walls, he discovers that the building has actual bones. The unfortunate discovery of these bones crosses his world into his wife’s for a little while.

Though Eve Dallas is used to death and murder, she takes this case to heart when they discover that the bones are young girls and there’s more than one victim. Initial reports show that they were mostly kids that were already victims of violence, abuse, and hard life on the streets. As Dallas knows what it’s like to be one of these kids, she struggles with her own memories of abuse and abandonment. But the case takes a turn when it hits close to home. One of Eve and Roarke’s close friends has connections and that opens up even more memories, hurt, and determination from our favorite power couple.

With this, the 38th adventure for our heroine, the drama, action, and adventure don’t slow down at all. I enjoyed this book significantly more than some of the other recent releases. (Calculated in Death was good but it just wasn’t really my speed. The data, evidence and crime being placed in the accounting world put things on the dry side for me.) This book, however, was definitely not dry at all. In fact moments wandered into downright creepy. The deaths of a number of young girls is nothing to be taken lightly.

Robb’s writing style is a balanced mixture of adventure, romance, and mystery with just enough humor thrown in to keep things moving at a good pace. I was able to figure out at least one aspect of the twist, but even with that, the ending still caught me by surprise. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, Robb is still crafty and canny enough to bring in some aspect you didn’t expect.

I’m excited to see what happens with the upcoming releases from Robb in this series. They’re looking at a 40th novel release and I can’t wait to see what comes along with that one. Much like Eve Dallas, Robb shows no signs of slowing down or taking the slow path with this series. I’ll happily stay on board for the ride as long as she keeps them coming.

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