Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: February 9th, 2021
Synopsis: The scene in the West Village studio appears to be classic crime-of-passion: two wine glasses by the bed, music playing, and a young sculptor named Ariel Byrd with the back of her head bashed in. But when Dallas tracks down the wealthy Upper East Side woman who called 911, the details don’t add up. Gwen Huffman is wealthy, elegant, comforted by her handsome fiancé as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding the body—but why did it take over an hour to report it? And why is she lying about little things?
As Eve and her team look into Gwen, her past, and the people around her, they find that the lies are about more than murder. As with sculpture, they need to chip away at the layers of deception to find the shape within—and soon they’re getting the FBI involved in a case that involves a sinister, fanatical group, and a stunning criminal conspiracy. (Goodreads)
I know you’re probably sick of me raving about the In Death series by J.D. Robb, aka, Nora Roberts, but it’s really one of the best mystery series out there, and the upcoming Faithless In Death is a perfect example of why.
This is the 52nd book in this juggernaut of a series, but you’ll find no retreaded plots or tired old characters here. No, instead there’s a murder that seems ordinary until it morphs into this huge sinister conspiracy that could have been ripped from today’s headlines. Of course Team Eve is all over this as they operate like a well-oiled machine. While I would have liked to have seen more of Eve’s dishy husband Roarke, I have to be honest and say that I can never get enough of him, so I’m not taking any points off. What I love, is the skillful way Robb juggles both the central mystery, with further developing her characters’ stories.
As usual, Eve and company nab the villain(s) in an exciting and satisfactory manner, leaving me sighing happily yet somewhat disappointed that I finished it too quickly. Every time I open a new book in this series, I feel like I’m reuniting with old friends, and Faithless In Death brought out those emotions as well. I’m already counting down to the next book, Forgotten In Death which sadly won’t be out until September 6, 2021. I guarantee that fans of the series will love this new entry. And for those who haven’t tried these books, despite being this far along, you could pick up here without getting lost. I don’t really recommend it though simply because you’ll miss all the characters’ backstories which help bring them to life.