Visions in Death
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A brand-new novel in the number-one New York Times-bestselling "In Death" series set in 2059 New York City. As technology and humanity collide, Detective Eve Dallas searches the darkest corners of Manhattan for an elusive killer with a passion for collecting souls... On one of the city's hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park-and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of the lake. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes-removed with such precision, as if done with the careful hands of a surgeon-that have Dallas most alarmed. As more bodies turn up, each with the same defining scars, Eve is frantic for answers. Against her instincts, she accepts help from a psychic who offers one vision after another-each with shockingly accurate details of the murders. And when partner and friend Peabody is badly injured after escaping an attack, the stakes are raised. Are the eyes a symbol? A twisted religious ritual? A souvenir? With help from her husband, Roarke, Dallas must uncover the killer's motivation before another vision becomes another nightmare. . . .'

Customer Reviews:

  • Visions in Death
    This is an excellent book and I will read it more then once. My sister likes this series too, and eagerly waits for me to finish so she can read it. I like the In Death series very much, in fact it is my favorite. When I am anyplace that books are sold I always look for this series. I hope to have all of the series in hardback soon. ...more info
  • Excellent!!!
    I felt like Divided in Death (the book before this one) was a let down. This book was a serious rebound!! Rebound? No.... this was a Triumph! Celina the Psychic makes this story for me. I liked the subplots that were interwoven into this story. It shows how Eve's personal life moves on even as she's busy working on cases.... this whole series has a real-life feel to it, which I ADORE!

    On to the next book for me!!...more info
  • 19th in the series
    This is the 19th in the series, and not really one of my favorites. But hey--it's a long-running series. Some stories are bound to be better than others.

    There's yet another serial killer on the loose in mid-21st-century NYC. And yet again, the victims' eyes are removed. Eve & co. are getting nowhere, when a psychic shows up and reluctantly offers her help, saying she'd dreamed about the murders. Eve is just as reluctant to accept that help, preferring solid police work to woo-woo stuff.

    Of course there are some wonderful moments in the ongoing series story--including a dinner party given by Charles & Louise and including Eve & Roarke and Peabody & McNab. And those moments are why even though the mystery in this book isn't one of my favorites, it's still a must-read.

    It's just that I'd be perfectly happy if I never read another serial killer book again. Ever. I think that's probably why I went from reading lots and lots of romantic suspense to reading hardly any--I overdosed on those darn serial killers. I guess I wouldn't mind if a serial killer were just a little different for a change. But it seems that 99% of them are killing their mothers. I blame Hitchcock.

    The end did redeem the story quite a lot, but for me, it was too little, too late. I was, I hate to say, bored with the story by the time the twist came, so I wasn't as excited by it as I might otherwise have been. Whether the fault is with the story itself or simply with my disenchantment with serial killer tales I have no idea.
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  • So So with a twist
    Having only read a few of this series, I was interested to delve further. The book was somewhat predictable until the end - don't want to give a spoiler. ...more info
  • In Death Series
    I love this series of books by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). They get my attention on the first page and hold it till the end. I have read 9 of the 24 titles and will read them all !!!...more info
  • Disappointed Again
    Once again, I spared no expense by running out on the first day to purchase the new J.D.Robb thriller. With much excitment and anticipation, I sat down in my favorite chair ready to read this new story. Within three pages, I was looking to see if I had maybe bought the wrong book. I could have sworn that I had read these pages before. The interaction between Roarke and Eve was lacking in all areas and Eve seems to have gotten a shot of "Glenda the Good Witch." Where is the tough-talking, hard a** detective we know and love? One can only hope that this is an insidious plot by Ms. Roberts that we are unaware of and soon our favorite characters will once again return. This was strike number two, and if the next book is no better I will no longer be reading this series. Concentration is key to a good story and this story was definately lacking:(...more info
  • Nice Read - a little mellow
    I've read all the "in Death" books and I've enjoyed all to varying degrees. The one thing I noticed about this book that's different from the others, is the characters all seem to be mellower, gentler, less edgy.

    I'm not sure if this is deliberate on Ms Roberts' part, or if the writing is off. There were passionate moments between Eve & Roarke, but they read more like a manual or observation. Eve seemed to spend the whole book questioning her relationships, and she seemed softer. Again, I don't know if this is deliberate, or Ms Roberts has gotten the characters confused alittle (she does write LOTS of books).

    Overall, I enjoyed the book, though it's not one of her better efforts. Although, a average effort from Ms Roberts, is still very readable and enjoyable.

    I'm still addicted to this series, and am waiting for the next instalement. Happy reading. :o)...more info
  • Not her best
    While all the previous "Death" books were excellent with good plot development, witty dialog, and excellent characterization, Ms. Roberts appears to have gotten tired of the series. This book was simply phoned in. The plot line of a serial killer has been done much better. The addition of a psychic did not benefit the story. There was no further development among the relationships of the characters. I can only hope that the next book indicates that Ms. Roberts has rejuveniated her ideas for the series....more info
  • Mag, Frosty, and Totally Iced
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, finding it much superior to the previous book, "Divided in Death," which was a bit heavy on the computer-technical lingo and plotline. All of our favorite characters are here and Eve learns how important friendship and support are to our lives. The wisecracks and snappy dialogue we love are here, and there is a big surprise at the end as well. Fans of the series will love this book....more info
  • Another Great Read by J.D. Robb
    J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) never disappoints, and "Visions in Death" is another great edition to this series. My only criticism is that the ending seemed a bit rushed, although the surprise at the end was one I never saw coming. The developing relationships between Eve Dallas and Roarke, Peabody and McNab, Charles and Louise, and Mavis and Leonardo, together with a great mystery, make this book a keeper!...more info
  • Visions in Death
    J.D.Robb once again manages to capture one's interest, totally engulfing one into her futuristic novel about Eve favorite heroine. A great book. A great series....more info
  • Loved It!
    I thought this was the best of the series so far. Tighter, cleaner, more focused, not as much sex. Don't get me wrong. Roarke is without a doubt the hottest man on or off planet, and the two of them sizzle between the sheets. But I can only read so many love scenes before it becomes the same old same old. This book didn't give me that feeling. I like the way their relationship is developing. Roarke is becoming more and more involved in Eve's work, and she's becoming more comfortable with his involvement. Also, great overall character development. Eve is starting to take tentative steps toward trusting and opening up to the people she cares about. It's always interesting to watch her inner struggles and her subsequent growth. And Peabody has come a long way. She's stronger, more sure of herself, on more of an equal footing with Eve. She's long been one of my favorite characters in the series, and in this book, she shines. Can't wait to read the next in the series....more info
  • One of the Series' Best So Far
    In a fresh burst of creativity, J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, has infused this latest In Death book with new life and a whole new sense of energy.

    In this outing, futuristic cop Eve Dallas is hunting a particularly horrendous serial killer, who kidnaps, beats and rapes his female victims--and then removes their eyes. The motive is unknown, but he is obviously "punishing" a previous female in his life, as all the victims--but one--match a particular physical pattern.

    As Eve fights dangerous physical and mental exhaustion to stop the killing, which is escalating quickly, she also comes to some real truths about herself and her own relationships with people close to her. And it is these revelations, done with thought and delicacy, which make this book so interesting, different and fascinating.

    All our beloved regulars are in this book, but they have changed as well: Peabody (now a detective) and McNab are about to move in together; Mavis and Leonardo are happily awaiting the arrival of their first child in a way only these over-the-top people can do; Doctor Mira is still hovering over Eve and trying to get her to rest; and Eve's verbal bantering with the hated major domo Summerset reaches some new highs (or lows, depending on how you look at it) in some hilarious repartee.

    Look for a quick, can't-stop read and a true surprise at the end, not the usualy J.D. Robb ending at all!

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  • best yet!
    Nora Roberts almost forgot about being a ROMANCE author and actually wrote a great mystery. Now I have read all the JD Robb books and I like them all. But I was so glad the sex, sex, sex and did I say sex-oh yeah-it got toned way down. Finally. A good mystery need not have so many sex scenes as her previous books. It was well written, a great bad guy and a really great twist. Things are getting a bit redundant it's time to mix things up a bit. I personally think this series would make a great TV show. I am totally involved with all the major characters and would love to see them all in 3d, especially Mcnab! And of course Roarke. I may have to buy the next book in hardcover!...more info
  • Best in the series to date
    I definitely like Nora Roberts writing in this latest installment of J.D. Robb's futuristic crime series. Eve and Roarke have settled into the deeper, sweeter aspects of their marital life and there is the loveliness of that stability and sense of security that now blossoms in Eve's attitudes, behavior and emotional life. Eve is now able to reach out emotionally to Peabody and others rather than wallow in her own misery and constantly use it as the template for all her reactions. This is a fresh and welcome new start for Eve and the readers.

    The mystery is gripping and the "bad guy" a surprise. I liked very much that the author has allowed Eve to get past the nightmares of her childhood so that we are spared the total recounting of it this book. I love Peabody even though this time she narrowly escaped death at the killer's hands and is pretty badly injured. Nadine Fuerst is there and she is less abrasive this time in her news journalist role.

    Also modified is the saccharine treatment by Dr. Mira toward Eve that has been too phony for palatability to this reader. After 4 books where Dr. Mira's personal life has been introduced I regret to say that I still don't care for Dr. Mira and her husband and the gooey dialogs between them. I want to see Mira as the cool, efficient scientist. I would enjoy more technical stuff about the forensics in the case. This is a by product of the CSI series on TV, no doubt. The humor is snarkier and I love the sly zingers that whiz around the room when the characters get together for a case briefing! Great Job! A definite keeper for my Nora Roberts archive. ...more info
  • Still okay, but only average for this otherwise great series
    Homicide detective Eve Dallas is hesitant to deal with a registered psychic, even one that comes with her credentials verified from a trusted friend. Celina Sanchez is a private consultant to the wealthy with personal problems and isn't at all used to having visions of a serial killer in action. Eve isn't convinced that hiring Sanchez as a consultant will be worth the money, but she will take all and any offers of help.

    The public would be mightily freaked out if they knew all the details of the latest killing in the park. The removal of the eyes, for instance. Is the killer seeking recognition or are the victims more personal targets? There's a man out there with serious problems with the fairer sex, and Eve is convinced that the way to flush him out is to present him publicly with the faces of his hunters - all women.

    This great future police series starring New York police lieutenant Eve Dallas has been right up there in the best seller's list for the 18 books prior to "Visions in Death". There had to be a flat one eventually, and this is it. The series may at last be running out of puff as there isn't anything new to offer in this latest installment in the life and times of the snarly but brilliant Eve and her too perfect husband, Roarke.

    All the usual suspects feature with all their familiar and lovable quirks, but this novel is really only a time passer. Still a good book, but compared its predecessors, "Visions in Death" is only average. Good twist there at the end but it seems more of an afterthought in a rather pedestrian plot, saved by its characters and the updates for what's going on in their relationships. Is there an end in sight for this series? This book would seem to indicate we are due for the big wind up.

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  • Visions in Death
    I agree with some of the others that this book isn't as great as some of the others. However, I do think this book is really important because it is setting up for the next few books. (Hence, the 5 stars) Lovers of the series will have to invest in this book for that information alone.
    I wasn't really interested in the storyline with the killer. To me it was secondary. Who knows, maybe it was supposed to be with all of the developments with Eve that occured?...more info
  • Can't help but love Eve, Rourke, and all the gang.
    Contrary to some of the other reviews, I couldn't help but love this installment almost as much as "Vengeance in death." {my personal favorite} Having read all of the series, in order, and seeing all of Robb's characters evolve, this one was special to me because of the incredable raport between our dynamic duo, Dallas and Peabody. I have never laughed so much in one of the other books in the series as I have in this one. Their banter and wisecracking was as hilarious as were the poignant scenes with Eve's revelations and Peabody's truamatic attack. True, we saw less connection between Rourke and Eve, but what the heck: read the other 18 if you want racy sex scences between them. I thought this one focused more on police procedure in tracking a killer and daily interactions of two police partners and how important they were to each other.
    It was also fun to see all of our other favorite characters in the mix and God help Rourke and Eve if and when they ever learn they are about to become parents. Talk about baby phobia! And Eve may not have believed it of herself, the part about being gifted with a sixth sense? Well she proved it once again with her intuition about who was really a bad person here. Bring on the next one, Nora!...more info
  • Boring --- she's written this story before
    I love Nora Roberts' ...In Death Series. I bought the first one the minute it was published and have religiously read them since. But I have to admit this book did not hook me. If this were the first In Death book, I'd think it completely rocked. But it is like, what, the 19th and we've read this story before.

    A serial killer with Mommy issues - check.
    A member of Eve's inner circle gets seriously hurt and Eve blames herself - check.
    Eve gives Nadine an exclusive interview and taunts the killer - check
    Eve puts herself out as possible bait - check
    Eve is confronted with a person who is raped and has nightmares after - check
    Even consults with Dr. Mira and gets a spot on profile - check

    I do admit that the little twist with the psychic in the end was good, but overall I was, dare I say it...bored. And I don't even want to get into the fact that yet again the perp was a serial killer. How many serial killers does one woman have to confront in a 3-year period? I wish Eve would get just plain old NYPD Blue type cases once in awhile.

    I hate giving this series a bad review because I do like the characters, and I can go back and reread the previous books with joy, but I think she completely phoned this one in and that is a shame because now that the books are being published in hard cover they should be getting better.

    So disappointed.
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  • Another stellar installment of the In Death series...
    Even though I read a lot, there are a few authors and series that I still get excited about. At the top of the list is the In Death series by Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb. Her latest, Visions In Death, once again delivers the goods...

    Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner Detective Peabody pick up a murder where the victim's eyes are cut out and she's posed naked on some rocks in the water. As with all killings, Dallas takes it personally and seeks to find the person responsible. But then another murder occurs with the same M.O., and she's got a serial killer on her hands. She's contacted by a "sensitive" who is seeing the killings in visions, but Eve has to overcome her bias about trusting anything that can't be touched or investigated. The killings become more violent with less time between episodes, and everything comes to a crescendo when Peabody is attacked by the killer and narrowly escapes death. As a subplot, Eve is having to learn to share her own abused past with her partner, and to take that next level of trust with Peabody.

    This is the 19th book in the In Death series, and who knows how many other books Nora Roberts has written on top of those. She cranks out stuff at an incredible rate. As I've watched authors and series like Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta character crash and burn, I keep fearing that each new In Death novel will be the beginning of the end. But to my joy and amazement, Robb/Roberts continues to shine here. She's taken Peabody from a straight-laced assistant to a full character who can hold her own against Dallas. Eve's mega-rich husband Roarke complements her hard-edged tendencies and forces her to experience life outside of being a cop. And each episode chips away a little bit more at Eve's defenses against her past and makes her more human.

    I realize at some point the series will have run its course, but I certainly don't look forward to that day. But until then, I'll continue to enjoy Robb's work to the fullest and place it near the top of my "must read now" list. ...more info