Thursday, March 29, 2018

Short & Sweet Review: Look Behind You by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen (audio)

Title: Look Behind You
Author: Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen
Series: Kendra Michaels, #5
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Published: July 2017, Recorded Books
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes
Source: Personal copy via Audible

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen and Edgar Award-winning author Roy Johansen are back with Look Behind You, a novel featuring Kendra Michaels—hired gun for both the CIA and FBI. 

A serial killer is on the loose in San Diego with a most unusual M.O. With each kill, the perpetrator leaves behind mystifying random objects. In this confusing array of unrelated evidence, the one thing that is clear is that the murders all have one characteristic in common: they all require the specific skills of Kendra Michaels, hired gun for both the CIA and FBI. Kendra, who was blind for the first twenty years of her life, gained her sight through a revolutionary surgical procedure and now uses her acute powers of observation to assist in cases all over the United States.

FBI investigators soon make a startling discovery: the left-behind objects are actually souvenirs of other unsolved serial murder cases from around the country. And the new crimes feature “holdback” characteristics never disclosed to the general public—meaning that one single killer was behind the nation’s most notorious serial murder cases and has now come to challenge and taunt Kendra.

The investigators—a “dream team” of profilers—join Kendra in the pursuit, but as the body count rises and the detectives themselves become the newest targets, Kendra must risk everything to defeat a psychopath whose terrifying plan is years in the making…

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: I just adore the Kendra Michaels series that Iris Johansen writes with her son, Roy - Kendra is such a unique character and she continues to prove that nothing and no one will stop her from stopping the bad guys. 

I loved that not only do we have Kendra involved in another crazy case - a serial killer that keeps changing his/her M.O. - but we have some familiar faces here, too. Jessie Mercado is back to lend a helping hand - she is such a good balance to Kendra and I love that she and Olivia, Kendra's blind friend, end up teaming up at times to keep Kendra safe. And of course, the infamous Special Agent Lynch is back, nicknamed the Puppermaster for his ability to get anyone to do what he wants. It really is a fitting nickname!

This book was equal parts chilling and exciting - the case kept me engaged and guessing the entire time with all the twists and turns it took.  While I thought I had figured it all out, I was wrong - on the right track, but had the wrong person. I love books that make me think and this one sure did. 

Audio thoughts: Elisabeth Rodgers continues to be a gem narrating this series - as she is for all of Iris Johansen's series. I love that she is so consistent with the voices of her characters, something I as an avid audiobook listener really appreciate. She really picks up on the characters nuances and quirks, and it comes across in the narration, making the story really come alive.

Books in this series:

.5  With Open Eyes
      1.  Close Your Eyes
      2.  Sight Unseen  

      3.  The Naked Eye 

      4.  Night Watch
      5.  Look Behind You

      6.  Double Blind - due out July 2018

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