Saturday, September 06, 2014

Review: Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen (audio)

Title: Sight Unseen   
Author: Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen   
Series: Kendra Michaels, #2   
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers  
Published: July 2014, Brilliance Audio   
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes  
Source: Personal copy via Audible 


The #1 New York Times bestselling author and the Edgar Award winning author are back with a new a new novel featuring Kendra Michaels—hired gun for both the CIA and FBI

A deadly multi-vehicle pile-up on San Diego’s historic Cabrillo bridge is thought of as a horrific accident–until Kendra Michaels arrives on the scene and perceives it as something much more sinister. Blind for decades and now sighted, Kendra's unusual skill for observation is highly sought after by both the FBI and CIA. Now her amazing conclusions open up a multi-jurisdictional investigation that once again teams her with the FBI and federal agent Adam Lynch as they investigate a conspiracy so explosive that someone will kill again and again to protect it. As the killer casts a deadly web of lies, Kendra’s life hangs in the balance, as do the lives of those she holds most dear.

My thoughts: One thing Iris Johansen knows how to do is write strong female characters and Kendra Michaels is no exception! I am so glad that this writing team has given life to Kendra, and based on the ending of the book, giving us at least one more story to look forward to!

This time around, Kendra brings herself into the mix of the police and FBI when she sees a live report of what is being reported an accident. She quickly realizes that's not the case at all and rushes to the scene. From there, things take a sinister turn, when it becomes clear that someone has started created scenes that are eerily similar to those she has been involved with in the past. Teaming up with an old friend, Adam Lynch, they begin investigating who might be behind these current murders. 

I love that Adam Lynch is back. There was definitely a hint of something going on between Kendra and Adam in the first book and that only grows during this book. Of course, there are some obstacles in their path, but the chemistry is definitely there and I can't wait to see how things pan out over the course of this series.

The action in this book is just about nonstop. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout and quite a few times I thought I had figured out who was behind everything only to be proven wrong. The suspense is palpable and there are some really bad guys involved. 

While I'm not a huge fan of cliffhangers, I will say that it does make for lots of thinking as to what could possibly come next. Plus, now that we have to wait another year before the next book comes out, I will probably have to either reread or relisten to this just to refresh my memory - well played Iris and Roy, well played!


Audio Thoughts: I'm so glad that Elisabeth Rodgers narrated this second book...I loved her narration of the first book and really hope she continues to narrate the whole series - however long it turns out to be. She gives each character their own unique voice and adds just the right amount of tension to her voice to add to the suspense of the story.


Books in this series:
  
.5  With Open Eyes
   1.  Close Your Eyes
   2.  Sight Unseen



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