Sunday, January 10, 2016

Thankless In Death by J. D. Robb

Unabridged Audio Version
I've been sick with a cold since shortly after the new began... What a way to start the new year!! I decided that listening to an audiobook would be better than reading a book.

Yesterday, I finished listening to the unabridged audio version of Thankless In Death by J. D. Robb and narrated by Susan Ericksen. This is the first book I've started and finished in 2016... Thankless In Death is also the third or fourth book in the 'In Death' series by J. D. Robb that I've read so far. 

I thought that Thankless In Death was an overall good read, but there were a few things I didn't like about it.

The Pros:

* Nice, tight storyline.
* Plot flows nicely from scene to scene.
* Holiday themed read.
* Susan Ericksen is a good narrator.

The Cons:

* Jerry Reinhold, the criminal in this novel, is complete asshole and one dimensional, which made for a boring perpetrator. 
* Normally I enjoy the character of Eve Dallas and that of her hubby, Roarke... But in this novel, I found Eve to be too work motivated/workaholic always after the bad guy... I think she needs to be a bit more well rounded and have other interests.
* This murder case seemed to be wrapped up too quickly. Could a perpetrator really be apprehended that quickly??
* After listening to this audiobook, I am not so sure I want to continue reading or listening to the 'In Death' series.

The following is a plot summary for Thankless In Death by J. D. Robb from Audible:
The year 2060 is drawing to a close, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It's a time for loved ones to come together. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water....
For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it's a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.
Other couples aren't as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn't exactly made a good impression on all the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him - but they didn't think he was capable of this.
Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he's stolen from his parents, and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry's going to strike next.
I am giving Thankless in Death by J. D. Robb a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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