Monday, February 15, 2021

Review: Blink of an Eye by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen (audio)

Title: Blink of an Eye
Author: Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
Series: Kendra Michaels, #8
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Published: February 2021, Hachette Audio / Grand Central Publishing
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes / 343 pages
Source: Audio - ALC via / Print - Hardcover via Publisher

A #1 New York Times bestselling author and an Edgar Award winner team up to deliver this gripping new novel featuring investigator Kendra Michaels—whose observational skills are worthy of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.

Delilah Winter is one of the hottest pop stars on the planet, so how in the world was she kidnapped right in the middle of a show at the famous Hollywood Bowl? If anyone can figure it out, it's Dr. Kendra Michaels, who works with local and federal authorities on only the most impossible cases. Blind for the first twenty years of her life until a revolutionary surgical procedure allowed her to regain her sight, Kendra uses her powers of observation—honed during her years in the dark—to detect what other investigators don't. She agrees to lead the race to rescue the young singer before time runs out.

Joined by Jessie Mercado, the singer's former bodyguard and a military hero, Kendra closes in on the hideout location but not before casualties mount up. Desperate for leads, Kendra must set aside her personal feelings when agent-for-hire Adam Lynch also volunteers his special skills to aid in the search.

But as the abductor's true purpose becomes clear, the trio uncover a plot they never could have imagined—leading to a showdown they won't soon forget.


My thoughts:  This is the 8th book in the Kendra Michaels series, a series that Iris Johansen co-writes with her son, Roy and I absolutely love this series. I find Kendra Michael to be such a unique and fascinating character, always proving that nothing and no one will stop her from getting the bad guys.

This is a fast-paced mystery that really keeps you on your toes. There are several twists and turns and I found myself guessing all the way through. I loved that Jessie Mercado is back in the mix - she's one of my favorite secondary characters and I always love having her around. I think Jessie and Kendra made a really good team and that is so evident on this case.

While it's not necessary to read this series in order, I always find it better to do so. The authors do a really good job at providing just enough back story on Kendra and why she is such a unique investigator, but to truly understand just how special she is, you really would benefit from going back to the beginning of the series. But that's just my opinion.

I really enjoy this series. With each new book in the series, we find out just how truly gifted Kendra Michaels is and I will never tire of her proving herself to those who do not believe her. She is funny, witty and one smart, fiesty lady.

Audio thoughts: I love listening to Iris Johansen books on audio and am thrilled that Elisabeth Rodgers is always the narrator. She really has a knack for narrating her books - she gets the essence of her characters and stories. And she brings consistency to the series, using the same voice for each character so that no matter how many books it has been since you last picked up an Iris Johansen book, it's like no time at all has passed. This consistency, especially with series, to me, makes all the difference!


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

      7.  Hindsight 
      8.  Blink of an Eye



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