Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: Taking Eve by Iris Johansen

Taking Eve by Iris Johansen
Series: Eve Duncan #18
St. Martin's Press
April 2013
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Source: Library

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen is back with the first book in a chilling new Eve Duncan trilogy that asks the question: will Eve survive what lies ahead?

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished.  She knows their anguish—her own beloved daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just seven years old.  It is only recently that this mystery was resolved and Eve could begin her journey to peace.  Now, Jim Doane wants the same kind of answers that Eve always longed for.  His twenty-five-year old son may or may not be dead and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence.  But he cannot go to the police for answers without risking his own secrets and dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth—a truth that takes Eve down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history.  Doane needs Eve Duncan’s skills and he’ll do anything to get them.

Even if it means taking Eve.

My thoughts: Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series is one of my all-time favorite series...I've read every book in the series, along with most of her stand-alones, and was excited to see another set of 3 books being released this year. When Iris Johansen released her last mini-trilogy (Eve, Quinn, Bonnie) - a series within a series -  I decided to wait until I could get all three books and then I read them back-to-back. This time around, I was too excited to wait to start reading the books, but the waiting for the next book is killing me!

What I love about this series is that Iris Johansen brings together old characters and new in each of her books. Now that the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Eve's daughter has been solved, Eve can focus her energies on work. She's looking forward to spending some time with her adopted daughter, Jane and her beau, Joe, but it looks like circumstances are preventing the family get-together. First, Joe is called out of town on a case, and then Jane gets diverted when her dog suddenly becomes ill. Is it just life getting in the way or is someone causing these delays, especially in Jane's case? 

It seems a father is desperate for Eve to reconstruct his son's skull. He's done his research - two years of carefully learning everything about Eve - and now he's on the move. He manages to kidnap Eve and takes her someplace where she can work on the skull. Will Eve be able to get away from this man before he harms her? Why is he so insistent that she reconstruct this skull?

The tension and suspense in this book keep you glued to the pages. I had a hard time putting this one down and managed to read it in two sittings! There are so many questions that come up about the many different situations playing out throughout the book and you as the reader are left hanging...luckily I already have the next book on reserve at the library and just need to patiently wait until it comes in.

How do you feel about series that have books released in a short time frame? Do you read each one as it comes out or do you wait to read them all together?
Books in this series:
  1. The Face of Deception              13.  Quicksand
  2. The Killing Game                         14.  Blood Game
  3. The Search                                     15.  Eight Days to Live
  4. Body of Lies                                   16.  Chasing the Night
  5. No One to Trust                            17.  Sleep No More
  6. Dead Aim                                        18.  Taking Eve
  7. Fatal Tide                                        19.  Hunting Eve - due out Jul 2013
  8. Blind Alley                                     20.  Silencing Eve - due out Oct 2013
  9. Countdown                                   
  10. Killer Dreams 
  11. Stalemate
  12. Pandora's Daughter 


  1. Oh I needz to readz this one. I love EVE!

    1. So do of my all-time favorite characters!!!

  2. I tried to wait to read it until all 3 were out, but caved! LOL.

    1. I was going to try to wait, too, but couldn't resist either!

  3. This author sounds good. I usually can't wait when a series is happening and have to buy as they come out. But.... it is always great to come across a series that is already published and I can read book after book!

    1. She is really good if you like psychological thrillers!

      I've read some series as the books were released and then lately I've picked up some older series and read them back-to-back. There's pros and cons to each way!


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