Divided in Death by J.D. Robb
Genre: Crime, Romance, Futuristic, Adult
Series: In Death #18
Published: August 31st 2004 by Berkley
Reva Ewing was a former member of the Secret Service, and then a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises—until she was found standing over the dead bodies of her husband, renowned artist Blair Bissel, and her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas believes there was more to the killings than jealous rage—all of Bissel’s computer files were deliberately corrupted.
To Roarke, it’s the computer attack that poses the real threat. He and Reva have been under a Code Red government contract to develop a program that would shield against techno-terrorists.
But this deadly new breed of hackers isn’t afraid to kill to protect their secret—and it’s up to Lieutenant Eve Dallas to shut them down before the nightmare can spread to the whole country.
Thrilling, emotional and just all around brilliant. Robb ticked every box for me this time and continues to astound me. With her In Death series currently topping a phenomenal 30+ books I’ve been rather left wondering if there are any more directions this woman can take her books at 18. I thought surely at some point she’s going to have to drop and whilst I’ve preferred some books in the series more than others they continue to be of a top-class quality that always keep me excited, engaged and hanging on until the very last moment.
“There’s an oatmeal cookie in there. I see no reason for the existence of oatmeal, particularly in cookies.”
This novel was no different. Not only does Roarke’s top secret work for the government get challenged, but Eve’s very childhood begins to unravel even further, dragging in sordid secrets, Roarke’s past and the government. It really entangles her very role as a Lieutenant and her case with her personal life and it makes for precarious balancing. Roarke also hits a rocky road and this causes turbulence between Eve and him. Admittedly I wanted more and more of the trouble in their relationship, particularly when they pushed each other away because it made for a really tetchy, nail-biting story line that had my stomach churning.
“If you ended up naked and dead with another woman, I’d do the Rumba on your corpse.”
“You can’t do the Rumba.”
“I’d take lessons first.”
Robb for me really outdid herself with the intricateness of this novel and I felt like we interwove lots of different elements that she’d been foreshadowing for a while. However, she really has left me wondering where she can take the series from here because whilst it’s clearly not over there seems to be an awful lot of subjects and territory covered on both a criminal and personal level so far across the In Death series.
Eve is an incredibly relatable character and she’s focused, driven but at the same time she’s not perfect and you recognise the humanness of her character that really helps to make her relatable. She’s feisty and that cannot be doubted, but at the same time she’s vulnerable beneath that surface and when she gets thrown off her track she’ll get back on, but without a falter that you see as the reader. It’s rather brilliant.
“She was halfway through with the oversized mug when she realized she was still wearing her underwear. Now she did curse. After downing the rest of the coffee, she peeled off her tank and panties and tossed them into a sopping heap in the corner of the shower.”
The secondary characters continued to develop and take on a storyline of their own. Peabody seemed to become a living, breathing Eve when she went off on her own mission, whilst we uncovered a very different side of Dr. Mira that was surprising, but tackled some very serious issues at the same time. I always have to say, Robb tackles controversial issues in a sensitive manner that really delves to the bottom of an issue and doesn’t allow people to shy away from the problem and I like the message she sends with her novel.
If I haven’t said this a thousand times already, you need to go pick up the first novel in the series because I promise you it won’t disappoint.
- Kick ass heroine = Double tick.
- Mystery = check.
- Swoony male = Double tick.
- Romance = check.
- Well written = check.
- Good secondary characters = check.
- Futuristic setting with good backstory = check.
What more do you need? I urge you to give this series a try, I really do because it has to be one of, if not my favourite series out there.
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