by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #41
Pub. Date: Sept. 15, 2015
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Length: 12 hrs 16 min
Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutality in the newest crime thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D ...
Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.
As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .
This is one of the series that I do solely in audio these days. I tend to save them for road trips because I know they will hold my interest, and the narrator (Susan Erickson) always does a good job. Same goes for this book - its another solid installment of the In Death series. Usually by now I would be griping that a series should not last this long... but this is one of the few that I hope keeps going and going and going. I love all the characters (Roarke especially), and the mystery/suspense is always exceptional.
The villains of Devoted in Death were super icky. Sexual sadists that liked to torture people to get their jollies. And country hick sickos at that. They had a Deliverance feel to them, even though the bulk of the story doesn't take place in the wilderness. Ella Loo and Darryl were just, in a word, sick. J.D. Robb certainly does not shy away from the dark and seedy aspects of criminals and homicide cases. However she tempers those dark and seedy aspects with lovable secondary characters and strong bonds of love, loyalty and friendship. The suspense aspect of this book was exceptional. You felt the clock ticking for Eve to find the killers before they lost another victim. You also got some of the victims' POV to really tug your emotions into the story.
I am struggling to write this review because I am finding I don't have a lot to say about this one. It's a good solid read. I love the 41st installment just as much as the earlier books. I can't think of a time when I have ever been disappointed with this series. I continue to love the futuristic world that Robb has created, and can see myself living in such a place (particularly if I had a Roarke of my own).
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