Title: Obsession in Death
Author: JD Robb
Number of pages: 353
It´s been a while but I have finally have time to write a review of a book I read at the beginning of the year and that I really enjoyed.
” 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”
What starts as a routine murder investigation for Eve, turns out to be something much more personal when she becomes the obsession of a serial killer that is determined to killed those bad guys that got away or those who disrespected Eve. In the first murder scenario the murderer has left behind a message for Eve, as a way to gain her attention as well as affection. This manifest of adoration only adds pressure to the detective, as the killer is using her to murder people. But in words of Eve ” The information was inaccurate. He-or she- didn’t kill on my behalf. I’m the excuse, and that`s a different thing”.
It was surprising how little, in comparison to other books of the series, Roarke appears. He appears when Eve needs him the most but you can see that the story, this time, doesn’t circle around him or both of them. But it is a good second character.
As in other books doctor Mira comes into action to enlighten us about the personality and personal circumstances of the killer. From the messages of the wall and the personal letters received from admirers by Eve, she is able to have a list of possible subjects. I liked that the cases in the book brings a social dilemma: is it good to kill people who have done horrible things? In these cases, is it justified? What happens when the limitations of the law doesn’t give the victim and his or her family justice? A lot of questions and some of them you can have a great answer from Eve.
As the obsession and adoration towards Eve increases so does the standard for which she is measured by the killer. What happens when she is not that the level? What happens when the hero falls or does something the killer doesn’t like? This is another of the topics that this book makes you think about. There is a thin line between love and hate, and once you killed there is not much to stop you when you hate someone.
I really enjoyed the reading. I like the books you think deeper in the characters choices not only on how the story is evolving.