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Eve by Iris Johansen

April 22nd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 19, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

Summary form Goodreads.com:Eve Duncan’s mission in life is to bring closure to the families who have experienced the agony of a missing child. As a forensic sculptor, she is able to piece together bones, create a face, and bring an identity to a child who would have otherwise gone unidentified…maybe forever. Eve is brilliant, and driven, and tormented–because her own daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her years ago. And Eve has never discovered what happened to her. But now a name from the past resurfaces, thanks to CIA agent Catherine Ling who knows all too well what it’s like to lose a child. After teaming up with Agent Ling to find her missing son, Eve and Catherine share a bond forged by their mutual pain. Now, Catherine challenges Eve with a name: John Gallo. A man from Eve’s past. A man, seemingly raised from the dead, whose whereabouts are unknown. Could Gallo be the missing piece to the puzzle that has haunted Eve for years? Why was he in Atlanta just before Bonnie’s disappearance? With a brilliant narrative that goes back to Eve Duncan’s early life, exploring her history and motivations like no other novel before, Eve reveals long-guarded secrets and is guaranteed to leave Johansen fans panting for more—soon to come in Quinn (October 2011).

This is my second book read from Iris Johansen and I am totally sold on her books.  I loved this book and learning more about the type of person Eve used to be and who the father of Bonnie was and what type of guy he was.  Eve has always come across as so strong and independent that it was interesting seeing this softer, more vulnerable side growing up with a drug addict for a mother.  The character who really grabbed me in this book was by far John Gallo.  His character was a bundle of contradictions.  He had this hard, mercenary and cold blooded side that terrifies but then he has this sweet, protective side who sticks up for those who are innocent and being preyed upon by others.  I have to admit he totally won me over and I was really hoping he would not turn out to be the murderer of Bonnie.  Johansen really keeps you wondering did he kill her, is he hunting down the person who killed her, will we ever find out who the killer is?  I must say Johansen definitely knows how to keep the reader at the edge of their seat.

Catherine Ling is also back in this book which I’m glad for since I really enjoyed her in Chasing the Night.  She’s still tough as nails and totally devoted to Eve.  Quinn is also present and he is the only character I am not really feeling.  I think that while someone new to the series can just jump in and still enjoy this book I definitely need to go back to the start of the series to learn more about Quinn.  I don’t dislike him but I am not feeling the connection to him that I feel with the rest of the characters.

Still this is an absolute must read and will leave you clamoring for the next book.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Mystery

One Response

  1. Sheila DeChantal

    This looks so good. I just seen it a couple of days ago and now I want to read it too.

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