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Creation in Death

In Death, Book 25
Written by: J. D. Robb
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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Eve has seen this crime scene before: the artfully arranged body of a young brunette, arms spread, palms up, body marked by the signs of prolonged and painful torture. Carved into her torso is the time it took her to die - in hours, minutes, and seconds. And on the third finger of her left hand has been placed a silver ring.

Eve is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier, when a man the media tagged "The Groom" put the city on edge with a killing spree that took the lives of four women in 15 days. Eve and her partner, Feeney, her friend and mentor, couldn't stop him before he disappeared, only to resurface in other parts of the world to kill and kill again. But now The Groom seems to have come back to where he started.

When it turns out that The Groom's most recent victim was employed by Eve's billionaire husband, Roarke, she brings him onto the case - a move that proves fitting when it becomes chillingly clear that the killer has made it personal. The corpse was washed in products from a store Roarke owns and laid out on a sheet his company manufactures.

With the Groom's monstrous return, Eve is determined to finish him once and for all. Familiar with his methods, she knows that he has already grabbed his next victim. But his sights are set on the biggest challenge of his illustrious career - an abduction that will test his skills and that promises to give him satisfaction as he's never known. Time is running out on another woman's life...and for Eve.

©2007 J. D. Robb (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the critics say

"[O]ffers a satisfyingly novel mélange of suspense, sex, forensics and heroics." ( Publishers Weekly)
"This offering in Robb's series showcases Susan Ericksen's versatility and strong characterizations. Her delivery is well suited to the suspense and humor that are so much a part of this series." ( AudioFile)

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  • Gloria Burkhart
  • 2015-06-06

One of my favorites thus far!!

This time Nora Roberts as her pseudonym J. B. Robb hit it out of the park!! This book had all the intrigue you could ask for in a mystery novel! I liked how she stuck to the story line without adding in all of the sexual play by play she is so well known for. I didn't have to fast forward through much of that in this book. Congratulations to her on an excellent crime novel!

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  • Mary Kelley Oakley
  • 2010-02-07

Fantastic as usual.

Love the characters, love the voices, love all the books. The excitement, the exhaustion and caring really come thru in this one. Love that Eve doesn't stop and will do whatever is necessary to save someone else from being killed, even endangering herself. This was one of my very favorites I think because Roark really got to be totally involved and see how the cops worked from the inside. KEEP WRITING, KEEP RECORDING! They are wonderful. For those who said some of the books, the voices were off. Be quiet. Just keep listening and all gets back on track. I NEVER had trouble distinguishing who was talking. These books were written to be listened too.

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  • Melissa
  • 2008-09-02

Creation in Death

As all ways J.D. Robb has been a good read, and the narrator does a great job in getting you to be able to see all the characters in full view.

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  • N. Hopkins
  • 2016-04-18

Dancing on the wrong side of the edge

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Only the premise. Well, okay, maybe not that drastic, but that's my shoot-from-the-hip response. Generally, it's easy to accept a certain amount of graphic violence in a procedural cop story. It goes with the territory and when done properly is also an indicator of an authors ability to present that material in an exciting, logical and artfully descriptive way without being gratuitous. It's a thin line and generally Robb / Roberts dances skillfully down that line - the graphic material is so organic you don't really notice. Unfortunately, for me at least, this one strays on the wrong side of that razor edge - razor being the operative word, along with blow torch, hole punch and other assorted toys. It was just too much.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

As always, the relationships, the witty banter, the arguments / resolutions and of course the pure unadulterated steam were the best parts of this one. In this case though, the bad guy, his methods and madness were not as entertaining or dynamic as the usual villain. He was simply, disgustingly twisted. Worse than being a disturbing character, he was boring.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Thrilling Conclusion of course but any time Eve has to touch the baby is a hoot and this obligatory Mavis / baby scene is no exception.

Did Creation in Death inspire you to do anything?

It almost inspired me to move on to the next one without finishing it, but I stuck it out and I'm mostly glad I did. While I personally feel this one could be skipped, if you don't mind the unsettling graphic parts, this is another fun-filled romp through the life of Eve, Rourke and the Whole Wacky Crew at the NYPSD.

Any additional comments?

One thing I noticed in this one was what seemed to be a new depth to some of the subordinate characters. We get a new glimpse into the thoughts of Rourke and Feeney especially and to a lesser extent, Peabody. Subtle, but still noticeable.

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  • R. S.
  • 2015-11-01

Another favorite… Save

Would you consider the audio edition of Creation in Death to be better than the print version?

It brings the characters to life. I love to read but ... Audio just gives them their substance. I don't know quite a better way to put it

Has Creation in Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

I don't know if turned off is the word. It's just that the in death series is the best I've ever listen to or read. The depth of the characters. You feel like you know them. And you want to know what they're going to do or how they're going to grow further. I hope this series never ends. I'm 65 and I hope I get two or more year for the rest of my life.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

That's so difficult… I think all of us women are just over the top on Roarke.. That being said she makes all the characters your favorite. It's hard to believe it's just one person with all those voices and personalities brought to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not an expert. I just know that I would watch and by the films. But more then a film I think that something needs to be done like Amazon did with Bosch... They made one book several different shows. That way you have 20 hours to do a book. Netfx and Amazon you don't know what you're missing.

Any additional comments?

I read on Facebook dated in 2014 that Nora Roberts was going to do a movie. I just want to say again there are so many different new ways to get your stories out. One movie could not do this series credit. And as I said in my paragraph above those with the power to make of this type of thing happen in my opinion are losing millions of dollars. The following to this series is unbelievable. I just started listenimg myself in August. And I've gone through them all. As a matter fact I did by the end of September and now I'm listenting to them again. I can't stay away from it. Make us happy make while you guys make megabuck and make us have hours of pleasure. ,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014-05-17

Good Ending

Very disturbing, the torture scenes. And the backstory of the victim made me want him dead even more, for being so selfish. I loved the ending, however, and how things worked out.

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  • Sue Smith
  • 2013-07-02

Best so far

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

By far the best of the In Death series so far. I didn't pick the killer until nearly the end, which to me indicates a well-written book.

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm actually having trouble bringing myself to listen to anything else because I enjoy Susan's readings so much. She's sooo good with voices and pretty good with most accents too.

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  • Cynthia
  • 2012-08-27

excellent read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

absolutly

What did you like best about this story?

the way it builds to the end

Which scene was your favorite?

can't really say i enjoyed the entire book yes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • JanBreesmom
  • 2012-08-10

Eve becomes a Target

Where does Creation in Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle. I've listened to quite a few audiobooks in the past year, too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eve, Roarke, Capt. Finney. I always enjoy hearing Eve's voice, so sure of her self and always trying to sound tough. Roarke's Irish brogue is done very well. Capt. Finney gets a chance to show some emotion in this one.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

She gave a very good preformance with this one. All the voices were right on.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. i took breaks to think about what I was reading.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • Marcia
  • 2012-05-25

The best Eve Dallas so far!

I don't know how she does it! Developing all of these characters and an intricate storyline that flows so smoothly is quite a feat.

I love the narrator's ability to create the voice for each character. The voices bring each character to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful