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Sunday, 9 February 2014


Delusion In Death by JD Robb
Book 35 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: police investigation, crime fiction
Format: hardback & unabridged audiobook

About Delusion In Death:
It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving.

Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things - monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions make more sense: it appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive people into temporary insanity - if not kill them outright.

But that doesn't explain who would unleash such horror - or why. Eve's husband, Roarke, happens to own the bar, yet he's convinced the attack wasn't directed at him. It's bigger than that. And if Eve can't figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it's airborne....

©2012 Nora Roberts (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Source: Info in the About Delusion In Death was taken from http://www.audible.co.uk/pd?asin=B0091I3K2M on 26/09/2012.

I finished Book 34 months and months before I managed to get my hands on this book and I was on withdrawal symptoms. Anyway, so when I finally started listening to this book, it was like welcoming back old friends! My only regret is that Bella's appearance was short and sweet. I really like the way a tiny little thing could scare big bad kick-ass Dallas! Guess I'm bloodthirsty that way.

I found in this book the same multi-layered plot which has hooked me to this series. The same great story telling quality which I have come to associate with the In Death series. Or maybe because I am an old die-hard fan that I just find it that way... hard to say from where I'm standing, am no longer objective. But the real proof of how great this series is the fact that this series is already at book 35 and it hasn't staled on me yet, hasn't lost it's touch! That's an achievement in my book! And by the looks of it, I wasn't the only one. Tells a reader that the story telling quality has staying power. At the end of it, I enjoyed this book immensely and looking forward to reading the next In Death installment!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = N/A (13 hrs and 11 mins listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narrator = 4

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to RCT Library for letting me borrow the hardback edition of this book.

FTC Disclosure:
The audiobook format was purchased with private funds. The hardback edition was borrowed from the library. No money received for this review.

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