After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey Street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality - in one fateful shot....
©2003 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Moving, Tender, Beautiful
When Eve went to Roarke. I've listened to that chapter many times since I finished the book.
Two parts. When Roarke finally tells Eve about his Mother and when she goes to him in Ireland.
This book focuses on Roarke and his family. It's beautiful. Definitely one of the books I will relisten to and one of my favourites so far.
Suffice to say - this book fills in many of the gaps the readers have wanted to know. As ever there is a murder to solve and Eve does her cop thing well in her usual style but for once the spotlight is on Roarke - a welcome change. We are given time to be with him on his own in Ireland, to glimpse into his early life and evetually to meet his family.
We see more of the enigmatic Roarke who finally is revealed as all too human. Although still strong, reliable, rich and clever we now see that he is not totally in control espcially of his feelings. We find out more about his life in Ireland, the reasons behind his loneliness and eventually he discovers he is not alone.
I enjoy the characters she creates with her voice - especially the delightfully naive Peabody. She even manages to create Roarke's Irish accent in the deep sexy way J D Robb has written it
Discover the secrets that make the enigma that is Roarke
Although there are a great many books in the In Death series by J D Robb this is probably one of the most insightful
"Precious Peabody Perfection"
I love the newly reissued books in this series! Our beloved Peabody speaks in her wonderful, distinctive voice and all the other characters (especially the NYPSD crew) go through the wringer solving this case. It was always one of my favorite books with regard to bringing forth background info on secondary characters and now it is simply perfect.
"Great Book in the In Death Saga!"
This book was one of my favorites in the series.
Roarke finally learns the entire back story with his mother and father, and it was written so beautifully that you wanted to reach into the book and give him a hug. I loved how Eve reacted as well, it was all so natural.
You can tell that Eve and Roarke are both growing in their marriage.
As for the murder, I thought the perpetrator came out of nowhere, though it was interesting to see a killer who really, truly thought he was doing something okay. He wasn't mean about it, just crazy. The action at the end really had me holding my breath, but of course everything turns out alright.
P.S. :Love the narrator! Susan IS the voice of Eve to me.
Enjoyed this book immensely. I love the interaction of the characters. I realize that this was an earlier book from a number of the others I've read but an outstanding book on its own. Delving into Roarke's history was enlightening. I look forward to reading many more Nora Roberts/JD Robb books in the future.
"Way to go team"
eve and Roark continue to grow into a power couple. She reigns as the avenger of murder victims bringing justice to the victims and loved ones. Roark shows a rare dark side to his personality when unwelcome info is brought to his attention. Mavis, Somerset, Peabody, McNabb, Louise ....Love this series!
"Good steady listen"
Her books are good mysteries. What makes them really good is that she develops the main characters. The side characters in the story are made interesting too.
She does a great job with these characters.
Her books alway make you feel good in the end. They are a good way to listen your way through a drive or housework.
at first the characters voices sounded a bit off, but as the story moved on they started to sound more like they had in the earlier books. I love this series, every time I think I have a favorite, I read one even better than the last! I can't wait till read the next one!
"Slow in the beginning but picked up steam as the story continued!"
When I first started this book it just seemed to be a bit boring. I was already prepared to give this a bad review. But as the story continued, it got better and better to the point I was on the edge of my seat towards the end. It completely tuned my opinion of this book around. It's not her best but it was definitely good!
JD Robb books, especially with Susan Erickson narrating, are always great and I am never disappointed.
I've enjoyed this series. Portrait in Death was an emotional listen. Funny, sad and very intense.
I found myself balling my eyes out with this one as the characters in the series become stronger. Loved it.
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