OK, this is the second half of Crush. I understand why it is broken up into two parts. But what I do not understand is some of the characterizations. Robbie is kidnapped, or is he? Karen Vail goes nutzo, constantly. She is totally and completely out of control. If she worked for me I would fire her posterior the first thing.
OK, I get it, she is "concerned" about the man SHE loves. She is not so much worried about Robbie as she is about how this will affect her. As usual it is all about Karen. How people treat her, how she is perceived, yada yada yada. She goes from being a relatively good agent to one I would not allow near a case. You can't trust her, she will not do what she says she will, she agrees and lies about it, she goes off "the reservation" she commits crimes, she does everything in her power to help her boyfriend and instead, because she is so out of control, she puts him in deadly danger.
See, I know that Jacobson wants us to "understand" that she is all about protecting the ones SHE loves. But isn't one person's life worth as much as another person's life? The only difference is that SHE loves that person and not the other person. It isn't about saving someone's life, it is about keeping her from being in pain from the loss of HER boyfriend or son.
After these two books, the plots of which run the gamut from serial killer to "now wtf" the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride. And there are a lot of chase scenes in the books, most of which I skipped. One chase is pretty much like another. Just like one fight is pretty much like another. You either catch them or you don't. The important part is, of course, the end of the chase. Just like the fight, the important part is the end of the fight.
There are a lot of new characters in this book. Hector DeSantos is introduced to Karen for the first time, though if you read Hunted then you already "know" him. A lot of characters who work in the police department are introduced and many of them stay around for the second book.
Two big problems with the plot points. There is a mole in the Napa, or whatever, police department. THAT is NEVER resolved, or if it is, it is done in such a manner that I didn't notice. And it is a BIG plot point. I won't tell you why, you will have to read BOTH books to understand. Second, in Velocity, Karen is forced to come back to DC to work on another serious crime and that is NEVER mentioned other than that's why she is back in DC, because she goes right back to Napa Valley.
All in all, I didn't much like this book. First of all, it isn't focused. It has a relatively good plot, but that is mostly in hindsight. Karen is totally over the top and she should be removed from the Bureau, I wouldn't trust her. She does not remember that she is in a team. She doesn't get her way she acts like a child.
So I won't be reading either one of these books again. But, it is part of the Karen Vail mythos and maybe Jacobson is using this to further develop her character.