Review of “Memory in Death” (In Death #22) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. Memory in Death. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006.

Hardcover | $24.95 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399153280 | 337 pages | Futuristic Romantic Suspense

4 stars

Memory in Death is another great installment in the In Death series, in part because it shows how Eve navigates negative past feelings with the victim in a case, and also is another book in the series that makes the statement that upholding the law isn’t always black and white, such as in a case like this where the victim is a genuinely bad person, but that doesn’t mean that the perpetrator was justified in doing what they did.

The one (admittedly minor) flaw in the overall execution is that it does pretty quickly become obvious who said perpetrator is, although I did not count on them being quite as crazy and manipulative-bordering-on-psychopathic as the victim was portrayed as being prior to her death and later further described by other characters to be.

And given that this is one of the books where Eve has to deal with her past, I liked Roarke’s support of her at various moments of the story, particularly when he is confronted by Trudy attempting to blackmail them, and epically defended Eve, threatening ruin on Trudy in the process. This is one of those times where I truly adored Roarke and the influence he happens to have in everything. I also love how the case kind of informs why their relationship works, and it’s something that they discuss a couple times in the book: Eve’s not in the relationship for the money, and as much as Roarke loves her, he won’t be manipulated by her. While it is a little on-the-nose, given that this is stuff touched on in prior books, I did like that they discussed it in the context of this case.

All in all, it’s another solid entry in the series, and I’m already excited for the next one, with the aim of hopefully being more consistent and actually catching up on the series this year. And I would recommend fans of romantic suspense with an endearing recurring cast of characters to try this series too.