Sicko Soulmates! Devoted in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted September 22, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 5 Comments

Sicko Soulmates! Devoted in Death by J. D. RobbDevoted in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #41
Published by Putnam Adult on September 15, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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It's a new year in New York city, and two star-crossed lovers have just discovered an insatiable appetite...for murder.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has witnessed some grisly crimes in her career and she knows just how dark things can get on the streets. But when a much-loved musician is found dead, Eve soon realises that his murder is part of a horrifying killing spree, stretching right across the country.

Now the killers have reached New York, and they've found themselves another victim. Eve knows she only has a couple of days to save a young girl's life, and to stop the killers before their sadistic games escalate. Eve's husband Roarke is ready to put his brains and his considerable resources behind the search. But even as the couple works closely together, time is running out...


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A modern-day version of Bonnie and Clyde swath a murderous track across the country, going undetected until they land in New York City, getting the attention of the NYPSD’s top murder cop, Lieutenant Eve Dallas.


This one’s mostly about the procedural, trying to figure out the identity of two serial killers who haven’t seemed to have left a trail. I really enjoyed the whole process of assembling the clues, especially as we’re given the killers’ points of view early on. It helps build the anticipation as we know where Eve needs to go in the investigation. It was breathtaking tension when the case finally breaks, almost more exciting than the ultimate resolution.


There’s a secondary storyline involving someone on Eve’s team that was a nice diversion. I also liked how the victims were given a lot of color. It created such empathy, giving the reader an insight into the emotional impact on friends, family and the detectives challenged with solving their murders. There’s also a certain deputy sheriff introduced here that I hope we see more of in the future.


Fans of the series shouldn’t be disappointed with this story and I certainly wasn’t. I had a hard time putting it down. And, there are enough old friends here and Roarke time to balance out the procedural aspect.

About J. D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Over forty books and fifteen years later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.

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5 responses to “Sicko Soulmates! Devoted in Death by J. D. Robb

  1. I stayed up way, way, way too late the day this came out (think 2 hours of sleep) simply because I couldn’t put it down. I thought it was awesome!

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      Lol! I tried to stay up, Judith, but could pry my eyelids open. Glad you enjoyed it, too.

  2. oops I love this series too, have read all but this newest one. This comment jumped onto the wrong review ; it’s about the Karen Rose book.