New York to Dallas

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Author: J.D. Robb
ISBN: 978-0-7499-5581-6
RRP: $32.99

New York to Dallas is a gripping read, with a real edge of your seat climax near the end of the book. I couldn’t put it down, well I had to put it down to deal with my day to day life but I never actually wanted to! And I’m sitting here at midnight writing this because I was too close to the end not to finish it.

The book was exciting and it grabbed your attention but it’s not for the squeamish. Yes, I know it’s a thriller so you expect there to be murder and corpses and cop chases etc and this book has all that but it goes that one step further as well. Robb’s story-telling is vivid, I watched this book play out on a screen in my head so some of the more graphic scenes are quite confronting. The villian in this piece isn’t your average run-of-the-mill bad guy either, he is a sociopathic murdering paedophile who gets off on the power and the violence of brutalising innocent young girls just beginning to blossom.

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New York to Dallas is set in the not too distant future, the world is still recognisable as we know it. The language is not too far from what we speak now but there is quite a bit of ‘cop speak’ which is to be expected and it is pretty easy to get the brain around being close to what you would expect to hear now. There are off-world prisons and the whole electronic and technological side of life has moved ahead quite dramatically, in the directions we are already moving.

This is not a futuristic robo-cop type world that Robb writes in, I think it’s more just our modern world in 50 years time. Progress has changed things, security systems are different and the way we communicate has changed – things which are happening already. The landscapes and locations are recognisable and familiar which keep you firmly entrenched in the crime thriller you are reading, you are not drawn out into the realms of speculative or science fiction.

Eve Dallas was a rookie cop when this story actually began, when a routine investigation led her to the apartment of Isaac McQueen and her instincts have her discover the sociopath hiding behind the charming veneer – and the young girls he is keeping in cages.

The novel picks up twelve years later when homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas, one of the most distinguished officers in the city of New York, is contacted by Isaac McQueen after his escape from prison.

The following 450 pages take us on a wild ride through the back-story of Eve and Isaac as the police work on hunting Isaac down before he can start a new collection and foil his one driving passion – to make Lt Eve Dallas pay for the twelve years he spent in prison.

There are some very important characters in this story that are a great example to people everywhere that you do not have to be a product of your past. Bad things happen to good people, bad things happen to innocent children who have never had the chance to become good people, and that doesn’t mean that you have to let that beat you. You can choose to rise above your suffering and use those terrible, horrific and traumatic experiences to stop them happening to other children, and to help other children navigate through them and come out stronger on the other side as well.

New York to Dallas has some fantastic twists that even I didn’t see coming, and I pride myself on being pretty intuitive when it comes to thrillers. I was hooked and I can not wait to see where life takes Lt Dallas next.

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