I stopped reviewing this series quite awhile ago because I felt like each book was essentially a copy-cat version of the last one, just with a different murder added in. The same basic cast of characters each time, the same general story layout, and frankly, I was getting a little bit bored.
Divided In Death made me remember to be careful what I wish for. J.D. Robb shook up the story in this book and had my emotions on a rollercoaster ride until close to the end. This was no cookie-cutter book…the layout of the story was different. The cast of characters was the same, but it was like the author was bored too, and just decided to throw some conflict into the mix and see what happened.
I definitely appreciated that, until the end when it all wrapped up in too nice a little package a bit too easily and neatly. And, included Eve being all sappy, which, while realistic maybe, was completely out of character, and I didn’t appreciate it like I was probably meant to.
I’m rarely on the edge of my seat anymore when reading this series, and with the last few it has taken me about a month to get through one of the books. That was not the case with this one, and I read it in just a few days because there were so many red herrings (at least in my mind) that I was constantly changing my mind on who I thought had performed the murders. It was exciting and enjoyable, and I cried, and it was all around a lovely read. 4 out of 5 stars for the over-the-top sappiness in spots.