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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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This story has just put itself in my top five In Death novels. The way this novel describes how what one person may see as love, others may view as obsession, works on so many levels for me.
As always, great job, J.D.! I can't wait for the next installment!
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