Thursday, July 24, 2008

Creation in Death Book Review

As "Creation in Death" starts, a woman's body is found. The state of the body and evidence found on it points to a serial killer who had been dormant. Lt. Eve Dallas is soon on the trail of the killer, one whom she investigated nine years earlier. Now, in the year 2060, "The Groom" is back and kidnapping, torturing and murdering women. His previous spree saw the brutal deaths of four women and this time he's targeting the very woman who is searching for him, Lt. Dallas. "Creation in Death" tells the story of the search for The Groom before he is able to get away with murder once more.
Fans of crime and mystery novels can appreciate the mystery in this novel, while fans of futuristic fiction may like its setting. Also, fans of Nora Roberts (here writing as J.D. Robb) will also enjoy her writing style in this work of fiction.
The story and plot kept my interest right up to the climactic ending. I raced through the book to find out what would happen next. I liked that this futuristic novel included some futuristic gadgets and ideas, but it wasn't overdone. It felt just right.
The novel, however, was a tad predictable and (in my humble opinion) nothing special. It's a face-paced thriller that's sure to hold the reader's attention, but don't pick this up if you're looking for excellence in writing or plot. It's a good, fun read, but it isn't spectacular in any way.
On the surface, "Creation in Death" is a great contemporary crime/mystery novel. Upon further thought, there were a few things that bothered me about it. There were a few plot points that I felt could have been developed further (like the killer using a pseudonym of "Ed Gaines," which is very close to a real killer, Ed Gein - his name choice isn't explained further than him using various forms of "Ed"). The characters were a little two-dimensional and stereotypical. (I've read that this is part of a series, and I haven't read any of the others; perhaps the characters are developed more throughout the series.)
Nora Roberts is one of our most prolific novelists in contemporary times. She's written nearly 50 novels, plus another 27 under the name J.D. Robb. She's obviously got a handle on storytelling. Regardless of whether I found the novel to be predictable or slightly flat, she's a bestselling author worth looking at.
I found Creation in Death to be a decent Summer read. I'd say it's a good beach read, but it's not quite accurate. The novel isn't exactly a light subject matter (with details of torture, brutality and murder), but it's a thrilling, fun read. Don't look for deep meaning in this novel, but it's worth a look if you're in the mood for an average contemporary fiction novel.
If reading fiction in serial killers is your thing, definitely pick up "Creation in Death."
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