171 – Survivor in Death (In Death #20) by J.D. Robb

Survivor in DeathJust another in this wonderful series.  Here’s the Goodreads summary.

“The only thing that kept young Nixie Swisher from suffering the same fate as her parents, brother, housekeeper, and young sleepover companion was the impulsive nine-year-old’s desire for an illicit orange fizzy at 2 a.m. Taking the bereft girl under her wing, Eve is determined to make sure the killers don’t get the chance to finish their lethal job. From the first, however, the investigation is baffling. The Swishers were a nice family, living on the Upper West Side in a house with an excellent security system. Ordinary almost to a fault, they seemed unlikely victims for this carefully planned and executed crime. Valuables at the scene were left untouched, there was no sign of vandalism — just the corpses of five people murdered in their sleep.”

Great book!

This installment of this series was one of the more disturbing. Usually the murders in this series are gory and have a passion behind them. These were just cold and lethal. And the fact that children were killed was even more disturbing.

But…the way it played out was very interesting. I loved getting to see Eve and Roarke with Nixie. It was so interesting getting to watch them interact with a child for extended periods of time and to have her live with them.

All in all, this was another great addition to this series.


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