New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, continues her prolific string of hits with her latest installment in the In Death series of futuristic thrillers starring hard-boiled detective Eve Dallas and a quirky cast of characters, including Eve's husband, Roarke, who owns most of Manhattan and can be relied upon to bring all his considerable resources to bear to help his wife solve the case whether she wants him to or not, and Peabody, Eve's uptight assistant, who has an off-again, on-again thing going with the irreverent Officer McNab.
This time Eve is on the trail of a serial killer--or maybe killers--who stalks young women looking for love in online poetry chat rooms.
Once a romantic date has been arranged, the murderer sets the scene with roses, champagne, and candlelight, then serves his unsuspecting victims a lethal combination of date-rape drugs that takes them to the height of pleasure and too far beyond. But this killer is really clever, altering his look to become each victim's dream date. What a nightmare!
Detective Dallas is on the case, chasing an anonymous psychopath with a twisted taste in romance. But Eve seems a little more fragile this time around, still plagued by the nightmare of childhood abuse. Is retirement from the business of crime solving in the near future for Detective Dallas? Robb has found a winning formula in the genre, so hopefully we'll see a lot more of peppery Eve Dallas.
This was the only J.D.Robb book in my library - even thought the book boasts it has over 80 of her books(counting multiple copies)....
As this is the first Eve Dallas book I found that I had to accept that there was a lot of history that I did not know....
That not withstanding it was an engrossing book(view spoiler)[
Two rich spoilt boys who think they can use women like a disposable commodity was abhorrent.
The descriptive text was surreal and their justification for their behaviour was chilling...
The fact that they implode with each other and leave Eve to pick up the details is satisifying.
Her inner conflicts with her past and the horrific nature of her upbringing was believeable and made me feel sympathy for this character. A true testimomy to the power that can be envoked by a writer.
I was empathising with her nightmares and her anger that they still had the power to frighten her after so many years.
Thank God for Roarke.....but where would you find a name like that?
Thank God he has the strength and the resources and the tenacity to hold Eve together and to be able to help her when she needs it - though not necessarily wants it.
I found it interesting how they shout and argue with each other ..... but they resolve it by admitting that although the other was right they still had the right to be upset.....