Your First Impressions of the Characters

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  • AJ on: June 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm #1081

    I remember the first “In Death” book I read was “Witness,” and, I will admit, my first impression was that Roarke was an ass. 

    Of course, then I went and read the other books, and it didn’t take long for me to see Roarke’s appeal. 

    So, I’m wondering what were your first impressions of the different characters when you read your first “In Death” Book, and did that change over time?

    Carole on: June 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm #1227

    I found Eve a bit too harsh at first, and I’m not sure that has changed.  She still really annoys me because she can be thoughtless and self-centered under the guise of caring more about the victims.  Seriously, Eve, get a grip.  So you have to go to fundraisers, dinners, cocktail parties.  Is that really so hard?   Yes, sometimes it means you can’t work 24 hours a day on whatever case is current but overall, you should be resigned to it by now, if not happy about it.

    I think the only other character who annoys me still is McNab. We’ve had glimpses of him being a grown-up but I’d like to see it more often.  The geek-as-eternal-teenager persona gets old.  Both Roarke and Feeney manage to geek without being Peter Pan about it.

    ElectricOutcast on: June 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm #1228

    In terms of Eve and Roarke, my impressions were pretty complicated but I liked them anyway and what have you. I initially didn’t have a problem with Mavis, Peabody or McNab but eventually they got on my nerves to the point where sometimes I’ll scream at the audiobook to get them to shut up or sometimes I’ll make a snarkier remark at them even though they can’t hear me.

    I think I’m starting to get crazy.

    AJ on: June 13, 2017 at 2:45 am #1229
    Carole wrote:
    I found Eve a bit too harsh at first, and I’m not sure that has changed.  She still really annoys me because she can be thoughtless and self-centered under the guise of caring more about the victims.  Seriously, Eve, get a grip.  So you have to go to fundraisers, dinners, cocktail parties.  Is that really so hard?   Yes, sometimes it means you can’t work 24 hours a day on whatever case is current but overall, you should be resigned to it by now, if not happy about it.

    I’ll be honest with you….if it were me, I would probably act just like Eve. I really hate socializing. Even more, I hate dressing up. I can do it if pushed, and I can have a good time, but I find myself more often than not wishing I was back home again. The curse of being an introvert, I suppose. I don’t think that being an introvert is Eve’s problem, but I can relate. Maybe this is why Eve never really annoyed me. I got her.

    Carole on: June 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm #1230

    Yes, I’d hate having to dress up and go out as often as Eve seems to, but once in a while it’s not bad. But look at Eve’s specific situation. She’s married to a good guy who adores her, puts up with her workaholic ways, helps with her work at the expense of his own and really seems to give a lot more than she does, day to day. So I find her near-constant bitching about having to do something for him very irritating. Grow up a little, Eve, marriage is not 50/50. Both parties have to be willing to give 100%.

    Rabb on: June 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm #1231

    I was not sure about Roarke at first, seemed too perfect. However, when he gave Eve the coffee he had me!! I always liked that he knew what that gift would mean to her. I always thought Summerset was kind of mean but as the books went on, I came to appreciate the relationship he has with not only Roarke but Eve as well. :)

    ElectricOutcast on: June 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm #1234
    Rabb wrote:
    I was not sure about Roarke at first, seemed too perfect. However, when he gave Eve the coffee he had me!! I always liked that he knew what that gift would mean to her. I always thought Summerset was kind of mean but as the books went on, I came to appreciate the relationship he has with not only Roarke but Eve as well. :)

    I agree with the Roarke part, matter of fact, I list him as one of my top manliest characters that I’ve ever dealt with in terms of any fiction (movies, video games, etc.)

    In terms of Summerset, I agree that he and Eve have improved but I wish Eve would just drop the snark remarks from their relationship and have just a more normal relationship. Or least as normal as they make it.

    mmacn@63 on: September 5, 2017 at 4:27 pm #1446

    My first ID book was the crossover one (I forget the name). All I can remember was being fascinated by Eve and very intrigued by her total anti social behavior. If I recall correctly there wasn’t a huge cast of the characters in that book besides Eve and Roarke.

    I do remember being interested more in Eve over Roarke at first but once I went and read Naked- then I got interested in Roarke.

    Diane on: September 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm #1407
    pinkphoenix1985 wrote:
    My first ID book was the crossover one (I forget the name). All I can remember was being fascinated by Eve and very intrigued by her total anti social behavior. If I recall correctly there wasn’t a huge cast of the characters in that book besides Eve and Roarke.

    I do remember being interested more in Eve over Roarke at first but once I went and read Naked- then I got interested in Roarke.

    Remember When would be the cross over, the ID part was later published as “Big Jack” as a stand alone.

    yrefid on: September 7, 2017 at 2:01 am #1413

    The very first In Death item I read was the blurb of Rapture, back when Borders was still a thriving bookstore. I was specifically searching for romantic suspense, and that book was the first that caught my eye (probably because of the bright orange redesigned cover). I then noticed that the entire shelf was lined with books of similar design; found Naked in Death. I bought the first three books and the rest is history.

    My first and lasting impression of Eve is that she’s just so awesome. My first impression of Roarke was that he’s a persistent. Still is. He got really annoying as I read on but now I think he’s okay.

    Gigiree on: September 9, 2017 at 2:08 am #1468

    In the first half dozen books, I Roarke found to be very arrogant & stubborn (he still is but has a match in Eve). And he still deliberately acts that way just to get a rise out of Eve, sometimes it’s just to tease her but other times he use it as a verbal weapon just too try an win the argument. The recent argument they had about potentially redecorating. She didn’t want to at first and he goes straight for her insecurities, not in understanding in order to get her to understand his point of view. but just to shame her and win. He lost a lot of brownie point then and hasn’t earned them back yet.

    ElectricOutcast on: September 9, 2017 at 9:28 pm #1469
    Quinlan73 wrote:
    In the first half dozen books, I Roarke found to be very arrogant & stubborn (he still is but has a match in Eve). And he still deliberately acts that way just to get a rise out of Eve, sometimes it’s just to tease her but other times he use it as a verbal weapon just too try an win the argument. The recent argument they had about potentially redecorating. She didn’t want to at first and he goes straight for her insecurities, not in understanding in order to get her to understand his point of view. but just to shame her and win. He lost a lot of brownie point then and hasn’t earned them back yet.

    Why the hell are you giving him shit when she was the one who started the argument in the first place? The argument started when she caught a female stranger in her office and thought Roarke was playing tricks behind her back.

    Gigiree on: September 10, 2017 at 2:13 am #1470

    Whoa. Where did that come from? I was expressing my first impression and how I still feel. You don’t like fine, but I don’t feel like being attacked for my opinion.

    Diane on: September 10, 2017 at 9:26 am #1471
    Quinlan73 wrote:
    Whoa. Where did that come from? I was expressing my first impression and how I still feel. You don’t like fine, but I don’t feel like being attacked for my opinion.

    No kidding – that attack is not warranted at all. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, you were just stating yours! We don’t have to agree, but we don’t attack.

    ElectricOutcast on: September 10, 2017 at 10:26 am #1472

    No if I’d have attacked his opinion I would’ve resorted to name calling, all I was doing was asking a question. I’ll admit I should’ve been a little bit nicer about that and I apologize for not being nice because the controversy over Brotherhood still kinda makes me sore.

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