Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: Eve by Iris Johansen

First line: Two minutes.

From the inside cover: Eve Duncan's mission in life is to bring closure to the families who have experienced the agony of a missing child. As a forensic sculptor, she is able to piece together bones, create a face, and match a name to a child who would have otherwise gone unidentified. Eve is brilliant, driven, and tormented - because her own daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her years ago. Now, with the help of CIA agent Catherine Ling, a startling piece of evidence is uncovered in the quest to find Bonnie, leading to a connection that had been all but buried.

Catherine challenges Eve with a name: John Gallo, a man from Eve's own past, seemingly raised from the dead, whose whereabouts are unknown. Could Gallo be the missing piece to the puzzle that has haunted Eve for years? Why was he in Atlanta just before Bonnie's disappearance? And what kind of darkness was he hiding. With a brilliant narrative that exposes Eve Duncan's early life, exploring her history and motivations like no other novel before, Eve reveals long-guarded secrets and is guaranteed to keep Johansen fans holding their breath for more.

My thoughts: I have been reading Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series for years now and I have absolutely love each one of them. The stories are suspenseful and full of crazy twists and turns and throughout the entire series (16 books to date) there has always been one unanswered question: What happened to Eve's daughter Bonnie?

In Eve, we find out more about Eve's early life - her meeting Bonnie's father John Gallo (another mystery solved) and their tumultuous time together. It picks up right where Chasing the Night leaves off and we get a glimpse into Eve's background as a teenager and the conception of Bonnie, the little girl that is behind everything that Eve does. The story starts in the present and then goes back to when Eve was 16. After filling us in on what happened during that time, the story moves back to the present when Gallo reappears in Eve's life and then the hunt for him after he takes off.

The question throughout the book is the same as in all Eve Duncan novels - who killed Bonnie. In this novel we look at Gallo; Black, a psychopathic pedophile killer who is an assassin for the CIA; and Queen, a rogue CIA agent who controls both of them.
I devoured this book and I knew I wouldn't want to wait at all before reading the next book, so I decided to wait until the library had all three books available at the same time and then read them one after the other. It was well worth the wait, especially with the crazy cliff hangers at the end of the first two.

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

Books in this series:
  1. Eve
  2. Quinn
  3. Bonnie

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