2 star rating
New York to Dallas
In Death, Book #33
By J.D. Robb
ISBN# 9781441836311
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

new-york-to-dallasEve Dallas is buried in paper work, wishing for murder so she can get out of her clerical duties, when a frantic man comes to the station with a message for her, one from none other than Issac McQeen.

Eve was just a rookie when she stumbled upon Isaac and his room of horrors.  22 young girls being held prisoner, living out his sick fantasies.  Now he’s escaped prison and is on the hunt again, looking for more ‘bad girls’ to teach and to punish Eve for the time she has cost him.

But to get at McQueen she will have to follow him to the one place she never hoped to see again.  The place where she finally fought off her sadistic father at the tender age of 8; Dallas, Texas.

Reading the synopsis of this book gave me chills!  I just knew that this was going to be a powerful and emotional journey into Eve’s past.  And, it was; partially.  But for me there was a disconnect somewhere.  I’m not really sure where.  The novel just didn’t live up to my high expectations; that is the problem with such expectations though, you can be so easily disappointed when you have them.

Isaac McQueen was definitely a sick fuck, please forgive me crudeness, but there just isn’t another word that describes him better.  Getting his jollies off on the pain and loss of innocence of children.  But I do agree with Eve that his partners are worse for  putting those girls in those situations, knowing exactly what he would do, and to be able to even justify it in their own minds is pretty sick.  But I can’t say that I feel sorry for what happens to them when they reach the end of their usefulness to McQueen.

Roarke stuck by Eve’s side through it all in this one, knowing what going back to Dallas would do to her.  Like we ever had any doubt in our Roarke 🙂

“I once stood in a field in Ireland, alone, a little lost, and wishing for you more than I wished for my next breath. And you came, though I never asked you, you came because you knew I needed you. We don’t always do what’s right, what’s good. Not even for each other. But when it counts, down to the core of it, I believe we do exactly that. What’s right and good for each other.

 There’s no rule to that. It’s just love.”

Just love, she thought when he stepped out. She may have been going into her own personal hell to face a killer, but right at that moment she considered herself the luckiest woman in the world.”

I think there was so much going on during the hunt for McQueen though that we lost some of the tender moments between Eve and Roarke that I always crave.

This case did bring up Eve’s past and the horrors she suffered at her father’s hands, as was expected.  I was actually surprised that it didn’t affect her more than it did.  And, I wasn’t surprised in the least who McQueen’s newest partner was!

I thought the concept of this book was great, but it lost something in the execution for me.  I craved to see more emotion in this tale!