Feb 6 2017 1:00pm

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Echoes in Death (February 7, 2017)

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb
Echoes in Death (In Death #44)
St. Martin's Press / February 7, 2017 / $27.99 print, $14.99 digital

Lt. Eve Dallas has faced many a brutal killer in her years as a Homicide cop.  Eve has come a long way from her own bloody and brutal past to be a cop who stands for the victims.  But in her latest investigation, Eve has to push down all the echoes of her own past to do what needs to be done to find justice. 

In J.D. Robb’s Echoes in Death, Eve and Roarke almost run over a victim of what looks like a burglary gone wrong. The search of the woman’s residence finds a grisly scene   including the body of the victim’s husband.  There is evidence to robbery, but the most haunting part is the sexual attack on the wife.  A search of like crimes bring up a series of other burglaries where the husband is beaten and incapacitated while his wife is continually beaten and brutalized in front of him. All the couples are wealthy, but something about the couple and more importantly the beautiful, young wives, seems to be the vital clue.  Figuring out why these couples, why these woman will give Dallas the key into the mind of this killer.

Eve’s investigation reveals that the killer is escalating his violence in each attack.  Now that the attacker has reveled in the power of death, she knows that he will continue to leave a trail of bodies if she doesn’t stop him now. 

The more Eve and her partner, Dt. Peabody, investigate these assaults, the more she is convinced that the rape is the real goal and the burglary is simply a bonus.  For Eve, the viciousness of the assaults on the women is bringing up echoes of Eve’s own childhood and the attacks by her own father.  The helplessness of the women to even fight back against their assailant is poking Eve’s own healing psyche.

We have watched Eve uncover the nightmare through her childhood memories and it is only the strength she has gained working with Dr. Mira and the love from her husband  Roarke that is keeping Eve from crumbling under the pressure of building memories.

“Claims to cherish,” Roarke said, “even as he diminishes.”

“You got it.  He probably didn’t seriously smack her around until he’d accomplished most of that.  Then he’d apologize, lost his temper.  Forgive me.  But—here’s a key—but you, little lady, did, said something or behaved in such a way to make me lose control so it turns, it becomes her fault he clocked her.”

She sipped more wine.  “It really doesn’t have anything to do with the case.”

“It has to do with those echoes you spoke of.  Did he apologize when he first hit you?”

She didn’t have to ask who.  Richard Troy.  And, yes, the echoes grew louder, grew longer with every step she took into the investigation.

It wasn’t until Eve met Roarke that she has finally been able to face the abuse of her childhood, but sometimes her investigations bring the pain of the past echoing loud and long into Eve’s present.  It effects how she investigates the crime but does it help or does it hinder? 


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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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