Series: In Death #38
Published by Penguin on February 18, 2014
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In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.
The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.
Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.
The story starts off with a bang when Roarke swings the hammer at the wall of a building at the onset of a major rehab. When the dust clears, the remains of two bodies lay before them. By the time it’s all settled, 12 bodies are unearthed.
This story started off interesting and I nestled in for what I thought would be an intriguing case. It didn’t take long for me to deduce the circumstances and who was probably behind the murders and why. Unfortunately, the procedurals from that point forward weren’t that interesting or compelling. I struggled to get through to the end of the case.
The highlights of the book, however, came from the personal aspects of the story. Mavis plays an extraordinary role, one that reveals more about her past and circumstances. After 47 books, this was pretty riveting. Eve also is continuing to experience the impact of having a family, what it means, looks and feels like. She’s changing, evolving and we see some of that in how she relates to some of the people she has to interview in the case. It’s appropriate and finely pitched…some may say her voice is different and I concur with that and say but of course! There was also a new character introduced, Garnet DeWinter, and I foresee some bumps in the road between her and Dallas. Bring it!
The bottom line
While this was just an average reading experience for me, it still was an interesting one for all the reasons highlighted. It was worth it just to revisit some of my favorite characters and getting more Mavis was an unexpected surprise. However, if you read these stories primarily for the mystery/suspense, you might find it underwhelming.
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