by J.D. Robb – Fast-paced and intense, this addition to the Eve Dallas series centers around a horrific and heart-rending set of crimes. Twelve girls, barely or almost in their teens, have been murdered, wrapped in plastic, and concealed behind false walls in a vacant building. The killings took place more than a decade before their bodies are found, but it doesn’t make them less tragic. Indeed, perhaps they are more tragic, because their families have had to deal with their absence all that time, some hoping for a miracle that would bring their girls home to them. And now, just weeks before Christmas, Eve works to identify their remains and to bring them some justice, and perhaps also some closure to those who have waited so long.
It’s a haunting crime, and there are no easy answers. Indeed, even the answers Eve does find are mired in sadness, with no satisfying bad-guy takedown as a payoff. All of which makes the story all too easy to relate to, as it resembles reality a bit more closely than some other novels in this excellent series. (finished 5/10/14)