Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Series: Eve Ronin #5
Published by Brilliance Audio on Januaru 16, 2024
Length: 8 hrs 47 mins
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A gated dream town for the megarich becomes a murderous nightmare in a riveting Eve Ronin thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg.
Hidden Hills is a private celebrity enclave of white picket fences and horse trails that seems to exist in a dreamworld. But when reality superstar Kitty Winslow is killed within their gates and corpses are found in the vast state park outside them, LASD detective Eve Ronin realizes there is a deadly, razor-thin line between what's real and what's imagined.
Eve discovers that Kitty's surreal on- and off-camera life, a blur of fact and fantasy, shockingly mirrors her own as she struggles to investigate the killings, wade into a music industry war, and battle a vicious Chilean gang--all while her life is being turned into a fictional cop show directed by her estranged father.
Eve's grip on reality and the case is strained to the breaking point as the slayings continue, the media frenzy reaches a fever pitch, and the only inescapable truth she can see is death...and it's coming for her.
Dream Town, the fifth in the Eve Ronin series, is largely set in Hidden Hills in Los Angeles County, and a gated community with wealthy residents and plenty of horse trails. When reality show star Kitty Winslow is killed in her home there and bones are found in the state park adjacent to the community, homicide detective Eve Ronin and her partner Duncan Pavone get both cases. At the same time, the television show about a fictional version of Eve is filming in the area which is creating a bit of havoc and conflict. I do think this is a series best read from the beginning. Eve is not well-liked around the department due to events covered in the earlier books and you’ll have a better understanding of her family tensions.
Duncan and Eve make a good team. Eve is focused and ambitious. She’s hard-working and has good instincts that often drive the plot. Dunc, who has delayed his retirement, knows the system and tries to keep Eve from burning herself out. He also loves that there’s a character in the TV show based on him.
Dream Town moves along with plenty of action and twists. The characters feel like over-the-top versions of real people you might meet around Los Angeles. The mystery wrapped up well, and while I maybe guessed part of the solution, getting there was still fun.
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