Title: Portrait in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #16
Genre: Crime, Romance, Futuristic
Publication: February 25th 2003 by Berkley
After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn’t a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who’s a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim’s every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman’s innocence, to capture her youth and vitality—in one fateful shot…
This is one of my Library Loot books for the week and despite having a few other library books that you might have seen on my Stacking the Shelves for the week, I couldn’t wait to get around to this one. So having said that, I just had to pick it up because the In Death series by J.D. Robb is certainly one of my all-time favourites when she has a little bit of everything.
I feel like in every book we get a progression from the previous in the characters and particular Eve and Roarke’s relationship, This instalment was no different and I certainly think it makes up for my disappointment with the last one. Due to my previous disappointment, I had put off reading another of Robb’s In Death series for a few weeks, but I’m happy to have picked this one up from my library because it has to be one of my favourites of the series.
For those of you that are a little adverse to all the brutality and evil that sometimes festers in Robb’s In Death series with the following of a homicide cop, I felt we took a step back from the horrific scenes we sometimes see with rape and brutality and this one took a more spiritual and emotional lead with the murders. Still we did witness death, I felt it was less brutal and I liked the step back from that because I felt Robb had been getting more and more gory and only following a theme of rape in the past few additions and this one refreshed the series in my opinion.
We delved deep into Roarke’s history in this one and for once we saw him thrown off balance from his ‘perfect’ life that even when Eve is in trouble still sees him being ‘perfect’ and at times despite him being a fabulous swoon-worthy character, it can be annoying. We certainly witnesses a different, vulnerable Roarke and an Eve who was forced to take control of her relationship and pry the details from Roarke. I was eagerly flipping through the pages to find more of their relationship status and how they would solve the problems. It added another touch of emotionality to the story and I really enjoyed it.
The secondary characters were starting to further their own storylines in this addition and I felt with the introduction of Troy Trueheart again that he actually got a convincing amount of attention and not neglected like I felt he had previously.
If you’ve never picked up the In Death series before, I’d tell you that you’re certainly missing out! There is a little bit of everything: romance, crime, sex, emotional connections, great characters, suspense, murder. We have the grit, the secondary characters and amazing protagonists with Eve and Roarke. I really advise you all go out and pick up a copy of Naked in Death because it really changed my mind on Nora Roberts as a writer. Don’t be afraid to pick up Naked in Death if you’re like me and not a fan of Roberts (sounds strange) because J.D. Robb is like a totally different person!
For those of you that read the In Death series, this one certainly focuses more on Roarke and Eve kind of finds to the background, but after much trouble from her past and personality, I think it’s a welcomed addition. Some may say Robb’s books follow a set scheme of events, but this certainly didn’t that for me, and I think it’s hard to apply that when the situation is always changing across the series. For me, each book Robb adds to the In Death series brings a new refreshing change.
The next book in the series is already on order from the library for me, so don’t sit about and go pick up the In Death books now because I’m positive you won’t regret it!
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