While I was reading this novel I had no idea that it was number forty-freaking-one in a series! The ‘In Death’ series no less. Must be quite popular lol! (Need to read the press releases before I dive in!)
It makes a lot more sense now though, as throughout the book I was wondering why main character Eve Dallas was so curiously ‘unfamiliar’ with so many mundane, run-of-the-mill facets of daily life – this had obviously been well covered in books 1-40 in the series lol! Guess I’ll never know.
That’s not to say I wouldn’t read book #42 in the series, I probably will, but I won’t be retracing the back catalogue to find out why the Lieutenant can’t get her head around international time zones.
Devoted in Death is a production line crime novel done well. A fast-paced tale of spree killers on a murderous road trip, fuelled by their discovery that torture and murder does wonders for their sex-life – it doesn’t get more twisted than that!
The contrasts and similarities between Dallas and the perps she’s hunting are interesting. She’s rough around the edges, (much like the couple committing these heinous crimes) unrefined and obviously has a very interesting back-story herself. Despite this, she is married to a very wealthy man and lives (quite bemusedly it seems!) in the lap of luxury.
As time runs out for the latest kidnapped victims, Dallas and her team stop at nothing, ie they work really late, to put an end to the sick tour that’s led two deranged killers to New York City.
Look guys, this isn’t an award winning novel, but, it’s a really great, easy read. As I said, I had no idea that this was the latest in a long string of quick-turnover, best-selling money-makers – you know those kind of books right? I thoroughly enjoyed Devoted in Death, it was everything a fast-paced, gritty crime novel should be; quick and dirty with the focus on the perps and their nasty deeds. 7/10.