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Obsession in Death Hardcover – February 10, 2015
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“It takes an astonishingly talented author to keep a series exciting and compelling for 40 books, but that is what superstar Robb has done with flair!...Longtime readers will be intrigued as this terrific thriller gathers numerous faces from past cases, placing some in mortal jeopardy. For this milestone book, Robb brings her 'A' game! Outstanding!”—RT Book Reviews
Praise for the In Death series
“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane
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About the Author
J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the bestselling In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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Have you ever heard how hard it is to write books in a series and keep them all interesting and well written? When you read Robb’s In Death series, she makes it look so easy. It feels like Dallas and Roarke have infinite adventures waiting for us and when I finish each one, it makes me look forward to the next.
If you have enjoyed any of the previous books in Robb’s In Death series, you’ll like this one. And if you’ve never read a Robb book, but you like mysteries or thrillers, give this series a try. It may become one of your favorites.
The only consistent issue I’ve had with these books is one that won’t be a problem for most readers. It strains credibility that so very many cases have a personal connection to Eve and/or Roarke. One reason why this won’t bother many people is because it’s just part of the style that readers like: we want Eve and Roarke to be personally invested in the story. Also, they’re both high-profile enough characters with so much public attention on them that it makes it much easier to suspend disbelief when criminals target them or their friends in one way or another. I mention this only because it will undoubtedly irritate some readers; I think the majority of fans of the series have come to expect and enjoy this.
Robb’s plots and characters are meant to be larger than life. They’re meant to provide melodrama and snarky dialogue, passionate romances, and intense mysteries. The style of sex scene in here is somewhat abstracted, and it works well with the overall style of the book. I particularly like Eve’s tendency to butcher idioms.
The plot of Robb’s latest, Obsession in Death, sees Eve being stalked–by an admirer this time. The murderer is picking out people who escaped justice (in the perpetrator’s eyes) and who disrespected or harmed Eve in some way. The perp leaves messages at each scene, calling himself Eve’s “true friend”. The problem is, the killer wants an acknowledgement from Eve, and will undoubtedly turn on her (possibly by mowing through our favorite cop’s friends and family). Eve has to go through her fan mail to look for clues, and I have to wonder how many of her crazy fan letters are based on ones Robb has received! She also has to walk a very careful line when trying to manipulate the killer into coming after her and leaving her friends alone. There’s plenty of tension, action, mystery, and danger to go around!
There’s still a bit of dark material as Eve’s horrific childhood comes up once or twice, but since these aren’t ‘cozy’ mysteries I think most readers will be ready for that.
I loved this tale, enjoyed the action and suspense quite a bit, and look forward to book 41!
NOTE: Review book provided by publisher
Not every story can feature all of the beloved recurring characters, but Roberts does include some, with allusions to those not featured. Again, she got the perfect balance and we were able to catch up somewhat with the absent characters, without slowing down the plot with the addition of too many characters.
One of the best features of this book is the evolution of Eve's character and how this growth affects her relationships. Roberts got it just right. Eve hasn't lost her edge and she is still a kick-ass heroine. However, she is softer and more relaxed in her relationships. The sex with Roarke has gentleness now and she easily expresses her love for him. She still is lacking in some social skills, but she treasures her friends and is a bit softer with them. She actually lets one of her detectives hug her, without decking him for it. (LOL)
My husband and I have all of the 'In Death' books in paper and in Kindle. I liked the earlier books, but my husband was the real fan. In the last few books, as Eve's character has evolved, I have come to like the series better than I had. My husband thoroughly enjoyed this book and he liked the direction in which Roberts is taking Eve, as well.
As usual, the writing was very well done, the mystery was challenging and well executed, the story was engaging and it held our interest. There was not a slow or boring moment. Some of the previous books might have had more suspense, but the combination of the characterization and plot make this book one of the best.