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 . . .
Review: I was grateful to Jen for thinking of me when a review request for this book came across her desk. Devoted in Death is #41 in the “In Death” series by JD Robb. As circumstance would have it, I was reading #39 at the time this opportunity came up. With a 14 month old little boy, I don’t have a lot of time to myself and certainly less time to concentrate on a book, but how could I say no? Then I had to do some cramming to finish book #39 and #40 before I could even start Devoted In Death, but I did it!
Ella-loo and Darryl are spree killers who typically had been torturing their victims for two days before finally getting bored and killing them. These two are a little disturbed in that they almost couldn’t torture too much because they would get so turned on they would have to stop and have sex. That’s a repulsive enough idea, but what they did to their victims and made them do is even worse. It’s up to Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her department to find these killers before they can kill again. Now, the crimes are escalating, and time is ever of the essence.
What I liked most about this book was the suspense. With the help of a small town deputy, Dallas is able to figure out where these spree killers murdered their first victim and what motivated them to continue. At one point in the book, Dallas is giving orders left and right. Things are fast paced, information is forthcoming, questions are being answered. All in the hope that they can stop these killers and maybe even save the ones Dallas thinks are being held. I, for one, hated to put this book down. I felt like I was watching a chase scene in a movie; the adrenaline was pumping. I just had to read one more page and then chapter to find out what happened.
I won’t give a way the ending, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves crime, drama, a love story (between Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke), colorful characters (Dallas’s eclectic group of friends), and a good fight. If you haven’t read the previous 40 books in this series, don’t worry just jump right in. You’ll have time to get acquainted with everyone when you get hooked on this book in particular and find the need to start at the beginning.