The main character in these books is Dr. Kendra Michaels. She is a music therapist by profession and she also assists the FBI and police with crime investigations. Kendra was born blind and spent the first years of her life in the dark. She had a special operation using stem cells when she was 20 that basically caused her corneas to grow properly. Partially due to her initial blindness, her other senses are extraordinary. When she sees a crime scene, she picks up on all kinds of details that even the best forensic scientists may miss. Did you ever see the TV show The Mentalist? Not exactly the same thing, but with the same sort of result.
Kendra has a complicated relationship with almost everyone she's ever known. She does have some close friends and her mother is very much present, but she is not really what you'd call a 'people' person. She's a great investigator. She's an abrasive, belligerent, prickly, control-obsessed individual. I found it very, very hard to like her. Her emotions are hidden well, but they definitely exist. She has extremely high expectations for herself and places herself in danger often. She does have people that she loves fiercely, but she wants to control their actions too, often for their own safety.
The Naked Eye brings back a serial killer that Kendra had helped put in jail much earlier in her career. In the second book, this man was supposed to have been executed by lethal injection. Kendra was positive that the convicted killer had somehow finagled a way to not only escape his punishment, but escape jail, period. The story also includes characters from the Eve Duncan series and they play a big part. As Kendra has been trying to convince her contacts at the FBI and her sometimes investigative partner, Adam Lynch, that Eric Colby is at large again, a journalist that wrote a scathing article about Kendra is murdered. Evidence is left that implicates Kendra, who is sure this is the work of Colby. And the search is on.
I enjoyed the thrill of the chase that the authors wrote in The Naked Eye. I liked seeing Eve Duncan and really liked the characters of Beth and Sam. The tension was intense and I wanted Kendra and company to succeed in finding Eric Colby and make him pay for all his crimes. I also wanted Kendra is ease up a little on herself and others. I will say that she seemed a slight bit more mellow in this book. Maybe she's learning.
So, will I read the next book in the series, providing there is one? Maybe. I don't think I'd rush to read it, but yes, probably. I need to see if Kendra can learn and grow and change. I also would like to see what happens with Adam Lynch, who I like very much. I do think that I need to go back and see where I left off in the Eve Duncan series.
Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with copies of all three books. I think I'm the last stop on this tour, but here's the link to the other participants.
I am able to offer a giveaway of the first book in the series, courtesy of the publisher. This is for Close Your Eyes, and it is limited to US/Canada only. If you'd like to win a copy, please make sure that I can find your email address somehow, either through your comment or through the link to your name. I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner on Thursday, the 27th, at 8:00 AM.
Iris Johnson is one of my favorite authors, I am collecting all of her books. I have enjoyed many of the Eve Duncan novels and would love to start reading the Kendra novels. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
Good to know, Marjorie. I like Eve Duncan very much.Delete
Thank you so very much for the win, I am really looking forward to reading this book.Delete
I used to read her Eve Duncan books as soon as they came out. Kendra does sound like a tough character to like but I'd still be willing to give this series a try. Thanks for the giveaway. kathy(at)bermudaonion(dot)netReplyDelete
Yes, if you like Eve Duncan, you should definitely try this one. Hope my critique wasn't too bad. Kendra is very talented.Delete
Thank you for your words, about my son. We are all feeling great relief.ReplyDelete
So happy for you guys, Tessa!Delete
Sounds like one where it would be quite important to have read them in order, with the introduction of characters from the other series. Though I remember Sharon Bolton did that in one of the Lacey Flint books, and I was entirely unaware that the character had appeared in other books before that series until I read other reviews. It hadn't affected my enjoyment because she gave enough back-story so that I didn't feel 'left out'.ReplyDelete
PS Not entering the giveaway since I'm UK-based. :)
I don't think you need to have read the Eve Duncan books or even to have read these in order. That's just my little preference. Sorry the giveaway can't be on your side of the world.Delete
I'm glad you enjoyed this one and I definitely agree that Kendra is hard to like! This series made me really curious about the Eve Duncan series which I've never read. I'm looking forward to reading some of Johansen's earlier books.ReplyDelete
I remember when I first read about Eve Duncan, I had never heard of a forensic sculptor. I guess now a lot of that is done through software.Delete
I think this series sounds interesting. I especially like the idea of a character growing, mellowing, transforming from one book to another, so maybe I'll give this series a try.ReplyDelete
Kendra does change somewhat in the 3 books I read. I probably read them too close together. Sometimes, that's where I notice things that irritate me more than if I spread out the reads.Delete
I used to read this author pre-blogging but didn't realize that she had a new series out too! It sounds like something I would enjoy even though you had a few issues with it. I am definitely adding this one to the TBR list. Great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Samantha. I suspect that my issues may have been more from reading the 3 books so close together. Sometimes when I do that, certain aspects that are a bit irritating become hugely irritating. It's gotten good reviews all over.Delete
Thanks for this captivating giveaway. I enjoyed the Eve Duncan series and look forward to this series which sound enthralling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)comReplyDelete
It is always nice to find a series with some familiar faces. :-)Delete
I have never read either of these authors. I have heard of both though and the book sounds interesting. I admit I was never a fan of The Mentalist. Please don't enter me in the giveaway.ReplyDelete
We came to The Mentalist late. I liked it better at first. Anyway, the point I was trying to make was about someone noticing the minute details that others miss.Delete
Thanks for being a part of the tour!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Heather! I was happy to do it!Delete
Marjorie is the winner of Close Your Eyes. Congrats, Marjorie!ReplyDelete