Book Review: Echoes in Death

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
Genre: science fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Publisher: St. Martins Press/Macmillian
Date: February 7, 2017
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell

Eve Dallas hates dressing up and going out on the town. She would honestly prefer being in the morgue during an autopsy than going out for a night on the town. Roarke, understanding his wife’s likes and dislikes, doesn’t usually ask Eve to go out to big events. But on this one occasion, she realizes that she needs to suck it up and just do it. So she dresses up and spends the evening rubbing elbows with the rich, beautiful, and famous. As much as she’s willing to do this for her husband, it doesn’t take very long for Eve’s nerves to fray, so Roarke calls it an evening.
As they are driving home discussing their plans for the rest of the evening, a woman stumbles out into the street in front of their car. Roarke stops just in time, but as he and Eve jump out of the car to help her, they realize the depth of the situation. The woman is naked, confused, dazed, and covered in blood. They soon discover that most of the blood is not hers and within minutes, Eve and Roarke are racing to find the other victim and hopefully, save a life.

Unfortunately, they aren’t able to get there in time and so in the midst of her fancy evening out, Eve ends up with a new murder case. Even worse than that, as she researches and delves further into the facts of the case, Eve discovers that this isn’t an isolated incident. Looking back through old files, Eve finds several cases that appear to be connected to this one.
As things deepen into the investigation, Eve feels the pressure. The progression of the cases shows that the perp has escalated a little each time and now he’s not going to stop at torture. Murder will become part of his future exploits.
The In Death novels have, over the years, given the readers an inside look at Eve Dallas. It would be easy to make her just simply a detective solving crimes, but Robb has given us all a very honest character. Eve is someone with quirks and sometimes, blind spots, but she’s also someone we all really like and want to follow.

Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb) has so many books in print that the statistics are insane. Filling the seats at Wrigley Field 12,000 times over? Twenty-seven Robb books sold every minute? That’s mind boggling. But the reality is that her books are that good. That enjoyable. And with this most recent release, she shows no signs whatsoever of slowing down.

If you’re a Robb fan, you probably already have the book. If you aren’t, now is a good time to check her books out. You’ll be glad you did.