Friday, June 24, 2011

Review: Chasing the Night by Iris Johansen (audio book)

From the back of the audio case: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an Eve Duncan thriller about the search for a child who has been missing for nine agonizing years...

A CIA agent's two-year-old child was stolen in the night as a brutal act of vengeance. Nine years later, Catherine Ling's instincts - maternal and professional - tell her that her son is still alive, but she needs the help of someone as driven and obsessed as she is to find him - and that person is Eve Duncan. Eve has walked this same path and shares Catherine's nightmare, having endured the disappearance of her own daughter, Bonnie. Now Eve must raise her game as a forensic sculptor to another level, using the science of age progression to unite mother and son. But as she is drawn deeper into Catherine's horror, Eve must face looming demons of her own.

Whoever took Bonnie is still out there, and Eve will never rest until he is brought to justice and Bonnie brought home. With two indomitable women enduring the worst fear any mother can imagine, Iris Johansen's latest thrill ride is a testament to a mother's fierce love and devotion and a gut-wrenching journey into the darkest places of the soul.

Read by: Jennifer Van Dyck

My thoughts: This is the 11th in the Eve Duncan series and it was quite an exciting thriller. In Chasing the Night, we are introduced to two new characters, CIA Agent Catherine Ling and 14-year-old Kelly Winters. Catherine has been living every mother's worst nightmare - nine years ago, her then two-year-old son was kidnapped by Russian mobster Rakovac as punishment to Catherine for disrupting his reign of criminal terror. No longer being able to idly sit back and continue her search quietly now that the CIA has decided Rakovac must be eliminated due to his involvement with large scale terror attacks, she seeks the assistance of Eve Duncan. What initially appears to be a simple, yet unwelcome, request for a facial recreation quickly speeds into a large-scale hunt where everyone involved has the potential to become a victim. Aided by Kelly, the 14-year-old, genius whom Catherine had rescued and who can see patterns where others cannot, by Joe, and by Venable, her CIA superior, the group discovers where Luke is being kept. And then they set out to rescue him in a very dangerous game of cat and mouse. I am anxious for the next installment of this series as we are left with an interesting cliff hanger in the last few lines of the book.

As usual, Jennifer Van Dyck's narration of this book was fantastic - she is slowly becoming one of my favorite narrators! She gives each character their own personality and it is very easy to tell who is speaking. I look forward to listening to more books narrated by her.

(I borrowed this audio book from the library.)
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