on March 18, 2012
By now, the Eve Dallas series should be getting a little stale. Most of the earlier books, all of which I own, have a fairly standard formula and the stories themselves are almost interchangeable. We learn about Eve's hideous childhood, her courage, her insecurities and the renegade,uber- billionaire husband who loves her. Sometimes Eve seems a bit of a pain in the behind, great cop or not. But this latest installment, New York to Dallas, is riveting and moving. If the series ended here, it would be a perfect conclusion. In this book Eve is simply more than we have seen her before. She is more introspective, more articulate, more trusting and more vulnerable and, finally more grown up.
There is the usual villain whose crimes mirror the abuse Eve suffered as a child from her father. Eve has to confront monsters she thought were long put away and the process comes close to destroying her. But she also is able to lean on Roarke, on Mira, and to accept that she has a "family" who love her and whom she loves. This Eve is a long step from the suspicious, constricted, emotionally frozen woman we first met in this series. The unwinding of the story parallels Eve's painful release of the emotional restraints which have tortured her all her life. A very well done book. Could not put it down.
on March 3, 2012
Ms.J. D. Robb has outdone herself in this book. Dallas has faced her past in a most startling way and it was unexpected to see the confrontation in the way it was written. The storyline just kept you reading, you were ( at least I was) unable to put the book down wanting to know what was around the corner. Dallas is a strong character in the everyday working situations, but she is strongest in this book. I admire Ms. Robbs style of writing and am always waiting for the next book out. Thankyou.