Review of “Survivor in Death” (In Death #20) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. Survivor in Death. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2005.

Hardcover | $23.95 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399152085 | 376 pages | Romantic Suspense

3.5 stars

After taking a longer-than-intended break from the In Death series, I finally decided it was time to start back up again with the next installment. It was nice to see old friends, like Eve, Roarke, Peabody, McNab, and the rest of the returning characters as they worked to solve a case.

One of the strongest parts for me with this one was the focus on finding the orphaned Nixie a new home following the senseless tragedy that saw her the sole survivor in a break-in and murder that saw her parents, housekeeper, and best friend lose their lives. While I was interested in seeing justice done, I was more invested in seeing Nixie have the possibility for to move on and have a family who would help her heal, especially as some of the top contenders rejected her for reasons of their own.

I did feel like the mystery element was the part that didn’t work for me, however. It could be that I’ve spent a little too long away from the series, as I recall some past books being pretty multilayered in terms of having past victims who died prior to the book’s timeline and whatnot, but I didn’t find myself that invested in many of the twists, I do feel this was still a solid entry overall, and look forward to reading the next one.

This series is a great one both for character development, both for returning characters and new ones, and for relatively well-crafted, if formulaic, romantic suspense/police procedural plots. I would recommend this one to fans of romantic suspense or police procedurals.

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