I hesitated to read this book because I was very disappointed in Ms. Robb’s last ‘In Death’ title, Thankless in Death. There have been rumors that her last few books (as J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts) were ghost written and there are arguments galore debating that topic. But Concealed In Death was a great story. It’s true the style of writing is a little different from earlier In Death books. Many comments have been made about the main characters of Eve and Roarke being different. But there have been over 50 stories written about Eve and Roarke and readers should expect that they are getting older, settling down, and wouldn’t have the same dynamic as before.
The book does lack the depth, excitement, and suspense of other In Death books. It’s a quieter suspense, more thoughtful and introspective, with a lot more focus on the victims. I actually found that a nice change. There were a few twists in the story that gave the book a jolt when needed. All in all, it was a very enjoyable read.
Summary of story:
In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Roarke 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, Eve Dallas 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.