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Chasing the Night by Iris Johansen

November 4th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: October 19, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Amazon.com: A CIA agent’s two-year-old child was stolen in the night as a brutal act of vengeance. Now, eight years later, this torment is something Catherine Ling awakens to every day. Her friends, family, and colleagues tell her to let go, move on, accept that her son is never coming back. But she can’t. Catherine needs to find someone as driven and obsessed as she is to help her— and that person is Eve Duncan. She knows that Eve shares her nightmare, since closure is also something that eludes Eve after the disappearance of her daughter Bonnie. Now, Eve must take her talents as a forensic sculptor to another level, using age progression as a way to unite Catherine with her child. As Eve gets drawn deeper into Catherine’s horror, she must face looming demons of her own. Bonnie’s killer is still out there. And a new killer is taunting Eve and Catherine at every turn. Is Catherine’s son alive, or not? These two women endure the worst fear any mother can imagine in Iris Johansen’s latest thrill ride, a gut-wrenching journey into the darkest places of the soul.

This was my first time reading an Iris Johansen book even though I’ve heard about her for awhile and kept meaning to pick up one of her books.  It certainly did not disappoint.

The Characters

I fell in love with Eve and Joe right away.  Both characters were strong without being overbearing, co-dependent or pig headed.  I want to learn more about Bonnie especially when I found out there are several books about Eve Duncan so I assume there is a back story there.  Catherine also began to grow on me although I was initially turned off by just how ruthless she could get in her mission to save her son.  I started to empathize with her because I couldn’t even begin to imagine how it would feel to lose a child at 2 years old and always wonder what is happening to him.  Even the villains in the story were so well fleshed out that you loved to hate them and could not wait until they got what they had coming to them.

The only character I had issues with was Kelly.  I understand she was supposed to be a teen age whiz kid but I found her to be extremely irritating and way too pushy.  I know it worked with the plot line but that does not mean I have to like her.

The Story Line

This story grabbed me from the start and did not let me go.  It was a roller coaster of a read as the tension starts building and although you know when you get to the top there is going to be the ultimate show down as Catherine confronts her son’s kidnapper you still feel that rush when you get there.  Yes, a lot of the details about how things come about are unbelievable but just enjoy the story and go with the flow.

The Romance

It seems that every book has to have some sort of romantic encounter thrown into the mix and in this one Eve and Joe have a long standing relationship that works well without over powering the main plot line.  There was some tension when you wonder what affect Catherine, a beautiful, strong and intelligent woman, may have on their relationship but that was woven in nicely.

This book definitely leaves me wanting to read more of Iris Johansen’s books.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Mystery

4 Responses

  1. CJ'alhafiz

    Hi Debbie!! This is awesome!! I always love thriller book. Thanks for sharing and great review. =)

    -CJ @ Coffee N Crackers
    Latest Review: HERE

  2. dsuzuki

    Definitely check this series out. I heard the other ones were good too.

  3. PinkStuff28

    I’m glad you like her book…i’m a fan too :)
    Even thru i have not read Any of Eve Duncan series or this one ..:)
    I’ve read No one to trust and Dead aim(in process) …and i sincerly reccomend them to you :)

  4. dsuzuki

    Thanks! I will have to check those out.

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