Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb

New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
(a spicy, full length futuristic romantic suspense published by Penguin Group)

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.

The reading world was thrown into a dither when J. D. Robb announced this book -- and it wasn't titled "... In Death". I admit, I was puzzled, too, but this book's title difference made more sense once I'd read the book.

The fact is, this book is less about the mystery and more about Eve facing her past. Yes, she's done a lot of facing her past in the previous books, but this book was a real turning point. For me, it made the book both better in some ways and worse in some ways than the others in the series.

I enjoyed watching the emotional struggles Eve faced. She's such a strong character so to see her brought low here, to show both weaknesses and needs, was fascinating. However, it really slowed the action, and it took me significantly longer to finish this book than others in the series.

Still, the author's skill is undeniable, and this is a worthy addition to the ongoing love story of Eve and Roarke. I missed the rest of the crew, Peabody, McNabb, Mavis (especially Mavis!) and Feeney. They showed for a moment or two, but this was really the "Eve and Roarke" show. This may have contributed to my slight apathy as well, since the entire set of characters, both primary and secondary, contribute greatly to these stories, and it felt as though something was missing.

Overall, however, I enjoyed this book. While it may not have been my favorite in the series, it was still quite good and I look forward to Eve's return to New York for the next "In Death" book.

FTC Disclaimer: This book is from my personal library.

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