Friday, 20 February 2015

Book #4 Rapture in Death

It’s August 2058, and Eve and Roarke are on their honeymoon at the near empty, not yet open, off planet resort he’s building. When a young engineer finds his roommate dead, an apparent suicide, they are called to the scene, but it is not her case. Back at work, Eve arranges to have Peabody assigned to her as aide as she investigates another apparent suicide, this time a prominent New York attorney.

I like that each book is a good read on its own, but includes details from the previous, a sort of tying up of loose details. As the last book had an explosive ending, there are a lot of details given here about that case and the wedding.

I suppose, as Eve’s job is murder, she is constantly bombarded by the result of violence, which is an ongoing reminder of her personal experiences. We have the killer’s thoughts as he investigates the investigator, and ponders over her abusive childhood.

We gain insight into Eve, the cop, as she trains the young officer.

We’re introduced to DOCTOR MORRIS, the Medical Examiner. I like how the author doesn’t introduce too many characters at one time. This is not Eve’s first visit to the morgue, but in this 4th book the ME who will be an ongoing character makes his debut.

We learn more of Eve’s back story in her conversations with Dr. Mira. Mira knows all of Eve’s secrets, and we learn more and more of the lieutenant’s earlier life, but always in a different setting and associated with different stimuli. Eve continues to have nightmares, but feels she is dealing with the past, even though she doesn’t remember most of it.

One thing that I find annoying in television is that characters often remain in the same place. Singles remain single, relationships are temporary. For some that may be true, look at me, still single, but others around me are getting married, having long term relationships, breaking up and making up. That’s life.

On television I find it can make for cardboard characters, and it reaches a point where they are no longer interesting, or in the case of some, annoying. I like seeing characters learn from their experiences and have some personal growth.

And that’s why I enjoy this series. Eve, who has never had a loving family, has only let a few friends close, is learning how to live as part of a couple, is opening herself to emotions she has not allowed herself previously. And she quickly realizes that being married to Roarke has changed her life in more ways than she could ever have imagined.

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