Review: Apprentice in Death by JD Robb

Apprentice in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death (# 43)
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 382
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Nature versus nurture…
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil…


Review:   I always struggle with books of a series because they tend to be so formulaic which might not be a problem if I read the books far apart probably like the author intended.  That gives the reader enough time to get away from the world, language, mannerisms the author created.  Unfortunately, when you read multiple books in a series too close together you realize, the characters don’t really change at all.  This is the case with the “In Death” books for me.  To be fair, I read Brotherhood in Death right before reading Apprentice in Death, so it was just too much Eve Dallas in a short time.  I felt that the twist in this book was figured out by Eve way too fast.  It seems like she is never wrong, and with her husband and his endless resources every case it solved too easily.

Despite the formulaic nature of this series and others, I will probably still continue reading them because they are familiar.  I know what to expect and sometimes that’s what we want in a book.  For the most part Apprentice in Death was fine.  I didn’t like who the killer turned out to be because in today’s world we just don’t want to think about anyone having a long range sniper rifle and killing groups of people from a mile away.  We have enough going on today with all the killings.

If you are a fan of JD Robb and the “In Death” books, this was worth reading, but not my favorite.