February 2015, Piatkus, 417 pages, Hardback, Review copy
Content: murder & related violence, adult romance, swearing, humour,
Book summary from press release
A crisp winter morning in New York, in a luxury apartment, the body of a woman lies stretched out on a huge bed. On the wall above, the killer has left a message in bold black ink: FOR LIEUTENANT EVE DALLAS, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING.
Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an 'admirer', who just can't stop thinking about her. Who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her - again and again.
With time against her, Eve is forced to play a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. Because the killer is desperate for something Eve can never provide - approval. And once that becomes clear, Eve knows her own life will be at risk - along with those she cares about the most.
While it's far from unusual for me to start a series part way through instead of at book 1, I can't recall a series where I've dived in at the 40th book. Yes, you read correctly. This is the 40th book in this near future crime read. I confess to being interested because the publicist who suggested it tends to suggest books I really enjoy so I thought why not!
Initially it was an ok read, maybe a 7/10E if I was feeling generous. Naturally after 39 other books there is more than a little back story and history between characters. I found some of the terms and technology a little tricky to understand what they meant, something that lasted until the end of the book, but before I realised it I was enjoying the book and couldn't put it down. Aside from the terms I couldn't fathom, and the sprinkling of mature instances which made me blush and widened my education a little, the story was captivating.
I kept trying to guess who did it, and failed. That's no surprise though as I rarely work out the killer. The final showdown had me alternately holding my breath and squeeing at the intensity of the plot. Sure, I've a lot of books to catch up on, but one day I know I'll be reading more of Eve's life which made me laugh a lot, a sure sign of a good back. She is definitely headstrong, knows her own mind, and generally isn't too intimidated by her husband's wealth. It comes in handy during Eve's investigation, and his overprotective side was sweet to watch in practise. I'm already eyeing up the next release in the series!
Find out more on J. D.'s website.
If it's murder you like check out Death of An Avid Reader by Frances Brody (Cozy, Fiction, 10E/10E)