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Blog Tour – ‘Obsession in Death’ by J.D. Robb

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‘Obsession in Death’ is J.D. Robb’s new book.  It is being published by Piatkus on the 12th February 2015 in both hardback and eBook.  For these next two weeks a number of book bloggers are celebrating J.D. Robb’s latest novel which marks twenty years of the bestselling In Death series.  I love crime fiction and was thrilled to be invited to take part in this blog tour.  Until recently I had never come across J.D. Robb’s work so was really happy to be introduced to it.

Based in New York, ‘Obsession in Death’ is set in the future.  It is 27th December 2060 on a crisp winter morning.  A body of a woman is discovered lying stretched out on a bed in her luxury apartment.  On the wall above her the murderer has left a sinister message in bold black ink which is targeted at Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

Eve Dallas is famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to a billionaire businessman.  Naturally she receives a lot of unwanted attention and has learnt to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip.  However, this appears to be different.  Eve has got a secret admirer, someone who is totally obsessed with her and who just can’t stop thinking about her.

With time against her, Eve is forced to play a very delicate and dangerous psychological game.  The killer is desperate for something she can never provide; approval.  Once that becomes clear Eve knows her life and the lives of the people she cares about the most will be at risk.  Just how far will the murderer go to prove how much Eve means to him or her?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Obsession in Death’ though I did find it hard understanding some of the police lingo and the expressions.  I was amazed by the technology used throughout and had to keep reminding myself that the story is set in the future.

I found ‘Obsession in Death’ to be exciting, thrilling and fast-paced.  It held my attention and was hard to put down.  I kept wondering who was going to be the next victim.  Spread out over five days, it certainly didn’t take Lieutenant Eve Dallas long to solve the crime.  It was just as well really with a lunatic on the loose.  Eve came across as smart, tough, very brave and extremely quick thinking.

There was a good mix of characters in this story.  I really liked Eve’s partner, Detective Peabody.  I also thought Eve’s husband was lovely and very supportive.  He went out of his way to help her.

Having now finished ‘Obsession in Death’ I will definitely be reading more of J.D. Robb’s novels.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

About the Author

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J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) published her first novel in 1995, with the In Death series.  Robb has become one of the biggest thriller writers on earth, with each new novel reaching number one on bestseller charts over the world.  With over 450 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world.

 

Links

http://www.noraroberts.com

https://www.facebook.com/norarobertsjdrobb

 

‘Escape’ by Barbara Delinsky

I was given the very exciting opportunity to review ‘Escape’.  This book was published on 5th April 2012 by Canvas, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Limited.  Barbara Delinksy is the author of more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print.  She has been published in twenty-five languages worldwide.  I’ve never actually read any of her books so it was a new experience for me.

One Friday morning, New York lawyer Emily suddenly comes to realise that somewhere in her life she has chosen the wrong path.  Her job is suffocating and these days she barely sees her husband James who is also a lawyer as he is so busy with work.   Even their attempts to start a family have so far proved to be unsuccessful.  There’s only one thing for it, escape!  So Emily leaves work, turns her phone off, goes home to pack a bag and drives away not knowing where she is going.  She doesn’t even tell James properly that she has decided to leave, just writes a note saying that she needs a break.

When a new path leads back to her past which includes facing an old lover, a whole new set of problems arise.  As Emily begins to carve out a new life for herself, where does that leave everything and everyone she has left behind?

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It deals with real issues and it was certainly thought provoking.  I think at times we must all feel like we want to escape, daily life can get so mundane and stressful.  But most of us just don’t have the courage to actually do something about it and can end up stuck in a rut.  Emily had the guts to walk away from it all in order to re-evaluate her life.

One of my favourite parts of this book was when Emily went to help out at the Refuge, a place she worked at ten years previously. I found the descriptions of the animals there, particularly the cats, wonderful and very touching.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

To celebrate the publication of ‘Escape’, I am running a competition where one lucky person will win a copy of this book.  To enter I would like you to tell me what you sometimes do to escape from everyday routine by leaving a comment.   This competition closes at 11:59 p.m. on 25th May 2012 and a winner will be selected randomly the next day.  Open in the UK only.

Good Luck! 🙂

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