I don’t like books that make me cry. And I got very emotional towards the end of this novel. Why, oh why does Deena have to die? What is the point? SHE was the one who saw through the brain-washing and escaped to freedom. But oh. She killed the Icoves. So she has to die. At least probably that’s what the author thought. But Deena deserved life. The Icoves were monsters incarnate. Particularly the son. With his swapping of the Avril clones every year. So as to keep them away from their children. They mofo Deserved To Die. Deena should have made them suffer a LOT more. Although I got a bit confused when Joseph Wilson seemed to claim the Icove murders as his own.
For me. This novel only got interesting once the murders had been solved. Over half-way into the book. It seemed to take forever for Eve to put two and two together. And inbetween we get a family Thanksgiving. Boy. That was boring. Basically when the author let the reader know that the wife knew a lot about her husband’s death. The glint in her eyes. But I never saw the 3-clone plot coming. I would say that it was a brilliant idea. Unfortunately it didn’t really work. Because. If Joseph Wilson cloned himself. Why didn’t the Icoves? The idea that Icove Snr was content to be 80-years old, when he could have been a 30-year old clone is nonsensical. Anyway. Just to reiterate. Both the Icoves were Devil People.
The other thing I got tired of was Eve’s moralising and sermonising on how murder affects her on a personal level. The reader gets pretty much the same thing in all the In Death novels. tbh. Eve’s experiences paled into insignificance when compared to the indignities the Avrils had gone through. Eve’s difficulties ended before she was 10. The Avrils and all the other clones had to endure decades of horribleness. But no. Eve’s just got to drag up all her memories and emote on behalf of the Avrils. Also. Why does Eve spend so much time giving Nadine, the tv-journo, information about her cases? It’s beginning to look like glory-hunting to me.
Has the author got something against pioneering members of the medical profession? Surely Conspiracy In Death covered much the same ground. Nutty, self-righteous, doctors with over-inflated egos.
The ending was totally ludicrous. Roarke letting 12-year old Diana walk away with the baby in her arms. Just how is she supposed to feed, and clothe that child. No matter how precocious a child seems, they’re still completely dependent on adults to provide for their physical needs.
I’m not giving this book a second read. Because of Deena. She should have been allowed to live. And the prologue was not nice too. Cracking good read though. For what is basically a formula novel. Much too much waffle throughout the first half of the story. Basically you get the Icove/Wilson tale told over and over again. I suppose the publishers demand a high wordage. It goes without saying though. Minimal romance. Which is a great shame. Would it totally traumatise Eve to put a bit more adult emotions into her marriage? Or to give Roarke some oral instead of it being all the other way?