Review: Devoted In Death

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Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutality in the newest crime thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.

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 . . .

Beware!

Mild spoilers below.

Once again Devoted In Death shows us just how exciting and fresh the series is even after 41 installments! Something that is quite an accomplishment. After all, there aren’t many authors who can match up to J.D Robb and her In Death series.

When I first started reading the In Death series I had two storylines that I hoped J.D Robb would use in her future novels. One was a killer obsessed with either Eve or Roarke which was fulfilled in the last novel, Obsession in Death. As for the other story line, I was hoping for a theme that was similar to Bonnie and Clyde.

Boy was I surprised when I read the blurb for Devoted In Death!

In the beginning of the novel, we meet Ella-Loo Parsens and Darryl Roy James, who fall in love after just meeting but are separated for awhile. Sounds romantic right? Wrong. The truth of their separation is the result of Darryl spending time in the state of Oklahoma prison because of the crimes he has committed. Once Darryl is released after serving his sentence, he and Ella-Loo decide to hit the road to start their new lives. When their car breaks down in Arkansas, they come up with the plan to steal someone else’s but things get messy and they accidentally kill the man when  trying to steal his car. Instead of panicking what do they do? They have sex. Yep, you heard me. It turns out  the murder they just committed woke up a sexual thrill in them. A thrill that they don’t want to forget and can’t wait for the next one to do it again .

After returning from a post-holiday vacation with Roarke, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is thrown into the investigation of the torture-murder of the cello player Dorian Kuper. While examining the dead body, Eve discovers a mark, in the shape of a heart with two initials, E & D.  At first Eve thinks it could be the deceased’s initial craved up by an angry ex but she soon realizes that there are over 20 bodies that have turned up all over the states that have the same marking. In other words, there is a pair of serial killers on the loose. While we know who the killers are, Eve and her group don’t have it easy. Unlike most killers, Ella-Loo and Darryl don’t have a type. They just pick random men or women as victims, usually using “helpless” Ella-Loo to set up a trap. So anyone could be a victim.

It’s not before another victim falls in their trap and I gotta say, Ella-Loo and Darryl were quite a vicious pair which we get to see from the victims’ POV. Now Eve and her group are on a race against the clock to stop Ella-Loo and Darryl from killing again.

Overall, Devoted In Death was one of the best installments I have ever read of the In Death series. I won’t be surprised if it turns out to be  #1 on the New York Times list again because it deserves it.

Already, looking forward to Brotherhood In Death even though it won’t be released until February 2, 2016.

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