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Bonnie by Iris Johansen

January 18th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 24, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Amazon.com:

The truth has eluded her for years…Now, is she ready to face it?

When Eve Duncan gave birth to her daughter, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Nothing would stand in the way of giving Bonnie a wonderful life—until the unthinkable happened and the seven-year-old vanished into thin air. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare from which there was no escape. But a new Eve emerged: a woman who would use her remarkable talent as a forensic sculptor to help others find closure in the face of tragedy. Now, with the help of her beloved Joe Quinn and CIA Agent Catherine Ling, Eve has come closer than ever to the truth. But the deeper she digs, the more she realizes that Bonnie’s father is a key player in solving this monstrous puzzle. And that Bonnie’s disappearance was not as random as everyone had always believed…

It has been killing me waiting to find out who really killed Bonnie so as you can imagine I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on this book.  After reading Quinn I was also interested to see where Catherine and John’s relationship would go.  I’m of mixed feelings with this conclusion.  Maybe it was because the previous books Eve and Quinn were so good and there were so many twists and turns but when we find out who the killer is I felt let down.

There were several pieces thrown in that seemed so random and didn’t really serve much purpose like Father Barnabas’s being accused of hypnotizing his patients, the boy Joe and Father Barnabas meet at the wilderness camp, etc.  I felt that many parts could have been shortened or chopped out all together.  In fact, there was a section at the beginning of the book that was basically the same pages pulled from Quinn and dropped into this book.  For a second I had to flip through the rest of the book wondering if I had picked up the wrong book to bring on the train.  I ended up skimming most of it.  I think the main reason for dropping that in might have been in Quinn it mentions Catherine having bruised feet and in Bonnie it changes to her having bloody feet and worries about attracting crocodiles.

So while I’m happy to finally have the question of who killed Bonnie answered it seemed anti-climatic to me after such great books leading up to Bonnie.  Still fans of Eve Duncan are not going to want to miss this one.

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