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Jess Reviews: Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41)

Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published in September 2015 by Piatkus (Little, Brown)
Buy: Amazon
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review


Goodreads Summary


Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fuelled 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 . . .


My Review

I received this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


There have been plenty of murders and serial killers over the course of this series, I mean, of course there have. It’s a crime series. But this is the first time we’ve faced such an intimate pair of spree killers that abduct and torture their victims for the sexual thrill of the game. It was both extremely disconcerting and fascinating to see how two violent, sadistic individuals came together to commit such heinous acts and its reflection on their own belief system. Somehow it all comes crawling back to Shakespeare (and yes, Romeo and Juliet is not a romance. It’s a tragedy. Let this book be a lesson).


Robb always manages to find a perfect balance within these books; never overloading the reader with medical or psychological jargon. Finding the right amount of balance between all the murder and death and the friendship, love and loyalty that binds the lives of the main characters together. The facets of the relationships in this book and the dynamics that go along with it make this book (and all the others) an entertaining and interesting read. I love this gang. Every last one of them.


The highlight of every book and this book is no different is always the last quarter. Eve Dallas never fails to have the most epic of take-downs and interrogations with murder suspects. No matter how bad the first three quarters of any In Death book may seem, the end always makes it redeemable. Always.


Despite this being the 41st book in the series, don’t let that faze you. It’s pretty easy to jump into this series at whatever book strikes your fancy. There are only occasionally drips and drabs of history slid in here and there but it’s generally small and well explained. I would recommend reading from the very start (again, don’t let that number faze you) as this way, you’ll get the full glory of Eve/Roarke’s relationship. I could not recommend it higher.


To summaries this book: Gripping, sadistic, intense, fascinating; Eve Dallas comes out battling her way to justice.


On an aside, It will always irritate me that this series so often gets reduced to a ‘romantic suspense’ series when it’s most definitely a police procedural first and foremost.


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