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review 2017-10-10 07:08
Origin in Death by J.D. Robb
Origin in Death - J.D. Robb

The pioneer in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, a Nobel Prize winner and veteran of the Urban Wars, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove is murdered in his office with a single, precise, stab to the heart with a scalpel. The suspect, a stunning young woman, is a ghost; her name and address is bogus and no one seems to know her.

Digging deeper into the saintly doctor's life, Lieutenant Eve Dallas suspect something nefarious. No one is this squeaky clean, and encrypted, coded files she finds just might prove her theory. Then the good doctor's son is murdered in the same way, and the perfect image starts to unravel.

This book makes you think. Not just about who is the baddie (are they really?) and who might be next, but once the motive is clear, a whole new picture forms. A picture, a (fictional) truth that really gets you thinking about ethics, morals, and how some people think they can play God and get away with it.
This story was chilling, but not in a gory, bloody way, but in a psychological way as it makes you contemplate human nature, the boundaries of science and medicine, and the lengths some would go to create perfection.

It was jarring, chilling, engrossing...Even though, the ending was a bit over-the-top science fiction-y and mad scientist-y.

There was little drama on the personal front, with only Eve and Mira butting heads over the medical, scientific and ethic dilemma of the case. On the happier side, there were the holidays, with Roarke inviting his newly-found family over for Thanksgiving, where his unnatural nerves and his family's descent on the household offered a few moments of levity to the otherwise rather dark and brooding story.

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review 2017-01-22 22:39
Eve Dallas: detective extraordinaire.
Origin in Death - J.D. Robb

I came across a CD version of this book, quite by chance, and decided to listen to it in the car. I'm not a great fan of detective stories generally, so I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this.

It was number 21 of an ongoing series (now on 45), and I had wondered about picking up a book in the middle, but although I did have some unanswered questions about the back-story, it wasn't too much of an issue.


There is a bit of a red-herring at the beginning, but it allows detective Eve Dallas to be in the right place at the right time for the main crime - the murder of Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, head of the multi-million dollar, Wilfred B. Icove Center. His murder is clean, precise and efficient - a swift stab to the heart with a scalpel. But who is the murderer and what is the motive?

His son inherits his father's business, only to be murdered himself, soon after.


The audiobook was excellently narrated by Susan Ericksen, especially when it came to the visit of Eve's husband, Rourke's Irish relatives for Thanksgiving.

The series starts in 2058 and although I don't usually favour dystopian novels either, this instantly enveloped me. The characters are excellent and I found myself researching into their backgrounds on Wikipedia.

I will definitely read/listen to more of this series in the future.


Also read, by the same author (writing as Nora Roberts):

Midnight Bayou (4 stars) - abridged audio

Hidden Riches (2.5 stars) - abridged audio

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text 2016-12-13 02:19
Origin in Death (In Death, #21) - J.D. Robb

One of my friends and I always pick out a book we want the other to get us for Christmas. This was my choice. Got it in the mail on Saturday. :D

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review 2016-11-07 01:42
Origin in Death - J.D. Robb
  A much lauded doctor is murdered and Eve gets the case. She uncovers more than murder and knows the doctor should not be lauded.

This was good. Eve has to deal with family. Roarke's family is coming from Ireland to partake of an American Thanksgiving dinner. Neither knows what to do but they will figure it out along with murder. There were several times I laughed out loud as Eve and Roarke try to navigate family and friends as family. I like how Eve is learning to handle her "family" so she doesn't hurt their feelings. I also like that she is learning to fight and forgive within that "family."

This is a good series that deals not only with the police work but the softening of Eve as she protects the city she cares about and the people she loves.
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review 2016-01-31 18:07
Origin In Death by J.D. Robb
Origin in Death - J.D. Robb

Out of all the books in series so far, this has been the most terrifying to me. And there have been some ugly and horrible murders in other books. But this story creates a deeply human horror in me that will stay in my head a while I think. And even with that, it was probably one of my favorites in the series.


When many series go off the rails after so many installments, this one just keeps going and getting better and better.

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