Concealed in Death

In Death, Book #38

By J.D. Robb

ISBN#  9780399164439

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

*Beware of possible spoilers*

Roarke has waited a long time to get his hands on his newest acquisition and his patience has finally paid off!  It would be cheaper to level the building and start from scratch, but Roarke has a vision and the deep pockets to do the renovation he sees fit.  However, when he takes the first few whacks at the building, what he discovers brings everything to a screeching halt.  Bodies … well skeletal remains to be exact and when Eve is done they find 12 in all.  They’re all young girls and it’s up to Eve to find out what happened to them and if their killer is even still alive anymore.  If he or she is, Eve will make them pay and get justice for the girls that never had a chance at life!

These murders take us back in the past 15 years … although that’s still in our future considering the series. We see the struggles Eve has with identifying the victims since she can’t use her usual means and she has to rely on others, which definitely sticks in her craw a bit.

As previously stated, there is also the question of if the murderer is even alive anymore as it would be quite a shame to not get justice for these girls and their families.

I found this to be one of the more boring stories of the series.  It focuses primarily on the case and there isn’t a lot of romance or fun to be had.  Although the case, does tie in with Mavis’s past.

And, in the end, the story is just sad.  It’s sad the life most of the girls led and that they never got a chance to truly live.  But it’s also sad once the killer was identified as well.  There was no joy in taking down someone who didn’t even fully understand what they had done. 

This book brings forth subjects that should be discussed.  Children getting lost in the system and mental health, but it just wasn’t all that exciting to read.

This definitely wasn’t one of my favorite books of the series and I’m glad it’s over and done with.  I’m hoping the next one will be better.  I could use a good emotion-filled story that this author definitely can supply from time to time.