16 years ago today, the United States experienced the worst act of terrorism on our soil (not necessarily the worst ever in the world, but the worst on our soil). Over 3000 people lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It’s a day that as Americans, we will never forget.


I certainly will never forget it. I was working as an administrative assistant at a substance abuse treatment center. We were all (clients, staff, everyone) in a seminar about HIV/AIDS. Shortly after the seminar got started, my boss’s mother paged her. She excused herself to go call her mom and when she came back she handed me a note that said “a plane just flew into the World Trade Center”. I looked at her and whispered “Really?!” and she nodded. I don’t think I could tell you a single thing that was discussed in the seminar that day.

We concluded the seminar and turned on the television we had in one of the treatment rooms.  We were just in time to see the first building fall. God, my heart just stopped in my chest. And then seeing the destruction of the Pentagon and knowing that it was only the bravery of the men and women on Flight 93 that saved the U.S. Capitol from a similar fate.

While many places I knew closed for the rest of the day, we remained open because we wanted to give our clients plenty of time to talk about their feelings about what was going on. We didn’t want them to relapse over this horrible tragedy (we ended up having one relapse, but the majority of our guys held firm in their recovery).


Even now, 16 years later, it’s still hard to grasp the enormity of lives lost that day. The number of heroes that gave their lives so others might live, both those in uniform and civilians. It’s one of those times that bonds us together as humans. Everyone I know can tell you exactly where they were when the planes hit the towers and the Pentagon, and when the towers fell.

There are memorials for all three sites of destruction, tho’ I haven’t been to them yet. Someday I will be able to visit them. Until then, I will continue to remember what happened 16 years ago.





Echoes in Death – REVIEW

3.5 out of 5 stars

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb is #44 in the In Death series and one that I have mixed feelings about. I love the series in general and re-read many of them. I haven’t decided whether this will be one of them or not.

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, J.D. Robb - Echoes in Death. Top half of the cover is yellow with black, red, and brown splatter - Bottom portion is a nighttime look at the Flatiron building and surrounding building in New York City

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Brief Synopsis

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman―dazed, naked, and bloody―suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

(Source: Amazon’s description of the book)

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I really don’t know how I feel about this book. Even after reading it twice (I always read them twice when they first come out because the first time through I simply devour them. The second time through, I’m able to take it a little slower and catch some details I missed the first time around), I’m still unsure.

While I enjoyed all of the non-crime related parts, I knew who the killer was early on, so the mystery itself wasn’t all that thrilling for me. Maybe I’m just too used to Ms. Robb’s writing style, but I knew who the killer was from the moment we met him. There was just something about him that made me say, yup, it’ll be you (and it was).

On the other hand, I think the book showed us something really important as far as how much Eve has grown and healed from her childhood since she met Roarke. Earlier in the series, this case would have caused much more heartache and trouble for Eve than it actually does. Yes, there are times when she just needs to “lose it” as she says to Roarke, but it doesn’t devastate her like it would have in the past. That’s a huge positive for Eve and an indicator of just how much Roarke’s love and Dr. Mira’s help/love has helped her heal.

Due to the nature of the crime and the type of victim the killer was targeting, I was semi-glad Mavis and Leonardo were out of town, but I still missed them. Mavis is such a whirlwind of energy and I think Eve could have used Mavis’s ability to distract her from a case. Hopefully they’ll be back in the next book!

All-in-all, I think it’s definitely a book that’s good for the underlying story arc of Eve & Roarke’s relationship, but the mystery itself isn’t one of the better ones of the series. Hence why it only gets 3.5 stars from me.

About the Author

J.D. Robb, author - Middle aged woman with short brown hair, reverse teardrop shaped face, standing on a busy New York City street wearing jeans, a black shirt and a long black leather coatJ.D. Robb is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series and the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. The futuristic suspense series stars Eve Dallas, a New York City police lieutenant with a dark past. Initially conceived as a trilogy, readers clamored for more of Eve and the mysterious Roarke.

(Source – J.D. Robb’s Author Page on Goodreads)