by J.D. Robb – So good! In this, the 33rd book in Robb’s In Death series, Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas is forced to return to Dallas, a city in which she lived – and barely escaped – a horrific childhood. A pedophilic kidnapper and murderer she arrested early in her police career has escaped prison, kidnapped Melinda (one of his original surviving victims), and threatened to torture and kill her unless Dallas presents herself there. To save the girl and any others who may fall victim to this psychopath, Dallas goes, not knowing just how much of her own past she will have to confront in order to save Melinda, a new teenage victim and herself.
This novel was fast-moving and, well, just plain moving. It pulled me in, plot- and character-wise from the beginning. And it pulled my heartstrings, as Dallas is put through the wringer physically, mentally and emotionally. The outcome is satisfying, but getting there is wrenching and painful. I don’t know how the book would affect those who haven’t read the rest of the series, who pick it up as a standalone novel, but I can say that this longtime reader (who has read the series in order) is very pleased… a bit battered (like Eve, although vicariously), but very glad to have had the experience. (finished 9/26/2012)