Review: Ceremony in Death by J. D. Robb ★★★★

Ceremony in Death by J. D. Robb
Genre: Futuristic romantic suspense
Series: Book five in the In Death series
Publication Date: May 1997
ISBN: 978-0425157626
Page Count: 336
My rating: ★★★★

Summary

Even in an age of cutting-edge technology, old beliefs die hard...

Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics personal loyalties. But when a dead body is placed outside her home, Eve takes the warning personally. With her husband, Roarke, watching her every move, Eve is drawn into the most dangerous case of her career. Every step she takes makes her question her own beliefs of right and wrong - and brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil...

REVIEW


I found this instalment to be a particularly dark one for the In Death series. As a detective, Eve Dallas is no stranger to death and violence, and, quite naturally, all of the stories to date have featured a serial murderer of some sort with all of the gruesome and gory components that would entail. But for whatever reason, I found this book much more disturbing than previous entries.

As always, Robb delivers the details of the crimes with devilish flair. For the first time in this series  the crime appears to be based less on the hard facts and evidence that Eve so loves and thrives on, and instead, has more of a woo-woo supernatural vibe. A twist I wasn't sure I appreciated at first, but that intrigued me nonetheless.

It deals with ritual, ceremonial killings (as the title would suggest) and also the brainwashing of innocent, susceptible victims. I found the sick, twisted mentality of one of the main suspects also very repelling.

I think perhaps I'm always affected more by a crime novel when children are involved. The reported abuse of a child in this story was very hard to read.

This is the first one so far to get less than perfect marks from me, and I think although the writing was up to its usual high standard, the creepy ick factor was just a little too overwhelming in this one. It could have used a few more moments of levity via Roarke or Peabody to lighten the tone.

All in all, still a great read, but I may need to watch some cartoons before bed tonight....

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