Saturday, May 14, 2011

Review: Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen (audio book)

From the back of the audio case: For as long as she can remember, successful young physician Megan Blair has tried to silence the voices in her head - voices that bring her to the edge of madness and terror. Megan possesses psychic powers that have been dormant for years, hidden deep in the past she's tried so desperately to forget. But now everything has come to a boiling point - someone is trying to kill her, and others are trying to use her, including the deadly and seductive Neal Grady. Shocking secrets about her life and her mother's death bombard her as she fights to take control of her heritage and save herself and everything she believes in. Grady holds the key to understanding her future, a future in which Megan's life will never be the same. 

If she survives to have a future.

Read by: Jennifer Van Dyck

My thoughts: I love Iris Johansen's books and was excited to pick this one up in audio - it's the first of her books I have listened to and it was pretty good. While I am not a huge fan of the paranormal, I found that in this case, the addition of the variety of psychic gifts and the accompanying explanations of the levels of abilities enhanced this story. Experiencing Megan's abilities alongside her and the emotions resulting from them added a sense of urgency and tension to the story. Pandora's Daughter is a very compelling story. There is non-stop action with a little history and romance thrown in in this fast-paced thriller. The suspense is skillfully done, keeping me hooked from the first chapter. I found myself wanting to stay in the car and drive around some more so I could continue on the roller coaster ride of emotions. Having already read Quicksand, an Eve Duncan book, where Megan makes an appearance, I felt I wanted to know more about Megan and so I went back to read/listen to Pandora's Daughter, which was published six months earlier. The characters were well-developed and I hope that we have not seen the last of Grady, Harley or Renata and that Megan makes more appearances as well.

(I borrowed this audio book from the library.)


  1. Wow, this sounds like a really great thriller! I haven't actually read this author before but Iris Johansen is definitely on my radar now!

  2. @Bonnie I love her books - I started with The Killing Game which is actually the second in the Eve Duncan series and I was hooked. I think the Eve Duncan series may be one of my all-time favorite series but she also has some great stand alone books. Definitely pick one up - I don't think you will be disappointed.


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