#BookReview- Memory in Death by J.D. Robb #Mystery #Reading


Description via Amazon.com

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb presents a memorable tale of suspense set in 2059 New York City, as Lieutenant Eve Dallas walks a tightrope between her professional duties and her private demons.

Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl—and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.

Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve’s fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.

Biography

J.D. ROBB is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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My Review

The past has a way of returning…

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns to the station after a particularly gruesome death, the last thing she expects to find is a spectre from her past waiting in her office. Trudy Lombard was Eve’s first foster parent following the traumatizing experience she’d been through with her father. Instead of a kind and caring woman, Trudy had proven herself to be domineering and vindictive, further damaging young Eve’s psyche in a way that took years to overcome.

And now, Trudy is back claiming to an urge to reconnect with her young change, to see New York and how far Eve has come up in the world. In actuality, Trudy has a plan to blackmail Eve and Roarke. Two million isn’t too much if they want to keep the past buried. They should be grateful old Trudy was there when Eve needed her- right?

When she reached the door, fumbled behind her for it, he spoke softly. “There’s nowhere in or off this world you could hide from me if you do anything more to hurt my wife. Nowhere I wouldn’t go to settle with you for it.” He waited a beat, smiled, and said: “Run.”

Memory in Death- J. D. Robb

Roarke throws the obnoxious woman out of his penthouse office after some thinly veiled threats and considers the matter over, until Trudy turns up murdered in her hotel room the next day.

Eve must set aside her personal feelings to find justice for her old nemesis, but finds it difficult with the past raising its ugly head around every corner.

Another interesting murder/mystery from this amazing author! It’s easy to have empathy for Eve after everything she went through, but what makes her character a standout is her strength of will. Where many would have shriveled, Eve uses her helplessness and rage to fight for justice and bring closure to those affected by heinous crimes. She’s really quite amazing. And then there’s Roarke, her multi-billionaire husband who would lay his life on the line for her- swoon!

My only complaint; the book starts out with Santa Claus jumping from a high rise to his death, but instead of carrying on this plotline it gets cut short and solved with minimal fuss, which left me wondering, why bother?

Overall, a great summer whodunit!

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33 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your review, Jacquie! Santa Claus jumping to his death does sound odd.

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    1. Drugs will do that to a person.

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      1. Santa on drugs…that’s just wrong. 🙂

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        1. Lol, it sure is!

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  2. Yeah, the Santa could have been a great plot line to follow. Sounds like a fab read. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie 🙂

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    1. I thought she might circle around to it somehow, but she never did, lol

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    1. Thanks for the reblog, my friend!

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      1. You are welcome, Jacquie! Thank you as well.

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  3. Thank you for another great review, Jacquie! With Santa jumping to death, it could only be mystery. 😉 Have a beautiful week. xx Michael

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    1. She’s the queen of suspense, Michael 🙂

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      1. Thats great, Jacquie! So i can also learn about the different categories of literature. Honestly i am very weak on this. 😉 Have a nice week! xx Michael

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  4. Staci Troilo says:

    Weird about the Santa plot. She’s usually pretty good about weaving threads together and giving everything proper weight. Thanks for the review!

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    1. It left me wondering what happened, but the rest of the book is great 🙂

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  5. Mae Clair says:

    I have yet to read a single book in this series, but I have two waiting in paperback and two others on my Kindle. I really need to take the plunge because I only ever see good reviews. Nice share, Jacquie!

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    1. She’s releasing number 35 soon! I wish I were as constructive as Nora Roberts/ J.D. Robb.

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  6. Jan Sikes says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jacquie. What an interesting storyline!

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    1. I love this series- so good!

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  7. I did a double take at the year in the description. A futuristic mystery? I’m on the hook. You’ve made this one sound very exciting, Jacquie. Best wishes to JD. Hugs to you both.

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    1. They’re great, Teagan. They feature flying cars, interstellar travel, and my personal favorite, auto chefs! Lol

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  8. This sounds like a good book, Jacquie. And wow, Robb has written 200 books! That would take me 100 years. Lol. Thanks for the recommendation, my friend. Happy Reading!

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    1. She’s waaaay more dedicated than I am, lol

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  9. Nice review, Jacquie. Now I am curious about the so-so Santa plot.

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    1. I wish she would have continued that plotline through the story, but… I’m not Nora Roberts! lol

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  10. Carla says:

    I read her books written as Nora Roberts, but have not read any in this series. I know a lot of people love them and I am glad this one measured up for you, Jacquie.

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    1. I actually prefer her J.D. Robb books. The characters are more edgy, I think.

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      1. Carla says:

        I wish I would have started that series back at the beginning before there were so many to catch up on.

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        1. You can easily read them out of order, Carla.

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          1. Carla says:

            That’s good to know. Thanks, Jacquie.

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  11. I didn’t know that Norah Roberts wrote under another name, Jacquie. This sounds good, but the Santa Clause beginning is a little odd.

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    1. Her J D Robb books are futuristic suspense. I think they’re better than her other books, but that’s just me 😊

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      1. That is good to know, Jacquie

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