New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #33
Also in this series: Creation in Death, Strangers in Death, Suite 606, Salvation in Death, Kindred In Death, Naked in Death, Glory in Death, The Lost, Rapture in Death, Immortal in Death, Fantasy in Death, Celebrity in Death, Brotherhood in Death
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: September 13th 2011
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The number-one New York Times-bestselling author J. D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas, one that will take her all the way to the city that gave her her name-and plunge her into the nightmares of her childhood.
When a monster named Isaac McQueen-taken down by Eve back in her uniform days-escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind. One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.
I expected this to be an emotional roller coaster, but sadly it fell kind of flat in that area. Although a decent entry in the series, I’m kind of bummed that it didn’t pack the punch I was looking for.
A pedophile Eve put behind bars 12 years ago has escaped and is targeting Eve. While this isn’t new for Eve – criminals often escape and want revenge against her – the bad guy in question is particularly smart. Not to mention depraved. The nature of his crimes is really stirring up some bad memories for Eve about her childhood. As she struggles to get a lead on where Isaac is, Eve uncovers some shocking and painful information. Now they must race against the clock to save another innocent life – and Eve must fight through a deep emotional morass to see justice done.
While the premise of the case was interesting, I did find it to be somewhat lacking in action. A lot of the book was spent with Eve recreating scenes in her head, or repeating the same information ad nauseum to her team, commander and Roarke. I would have liked to see a little less talk and a lot more action.
The big revelation is one I saw coming from the moment the blurb was released. I think it was because I was expecting it that I didn’t find it as gripping as I expected it to. I don’t wish to spoil it. I will say I think fans of the series will be glad to know another loose thread is tied up. Which makes me wonder yet again if Robb is gearing up to close out the series.
There were some truly great scenes and some great one-liners. Although I didn’t feel the emotional punch I was expecting, I found quite a bit of unexpected humor in the pages. I like how each character changes and grows. I like that Eve has come to rely on Roarke. She can now ask for his help, or tell him when she needs him. It’s good to see her come so far. On the other hand, I still miss the tension between them.
While this wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, it was a good entry in the series. The characters continue to change and grow and the relationships continue to fascinate. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed.
3.5 out of 5
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