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Eve (Eve Duncan #12)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,138 Ratings  ·  677 Reviews
The #1 bestselling author delivers the first in a trilogy that will begin to answer questions that have haunted her legion of fans for over a decade, in her newest novel of breathtaking suspense

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 bone
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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If you are reading this thinking that you will (finally!) find out the identity of Bonnie's killer...think again.


I *get* that Johansen has built her main character with a huge chunk of Eve's drive and reason for living all about finding Bonnie's killer...but how many more books will she be able to draw it out? My guess? 2 more. (Since Eve is the first book of a "trilogy"--followed by Quinn, where I guess we'll be able to understand why Joe is willing and able to be so pussy-whipped even tho
Aug 21, 2011 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why...oh why, do I allow myself to get sucked back in?

I started reading the Eve Duncan books way back when I was just a part time reader and they were great for what they are.

Then I went to library school and started really reading.

Now, this isn't to knock pop fiction, but stagnant character development and wooden dialog? Come on, folks! Demand more from the death of a tree!

This one had some particularly bad (or amazing) examples of the above.

This is the first in a (gasp) trilogy. The second
Jun 11, 2011 Noni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read Iris Johansen for years. I picked up this one recently, as I remember her earlier books like THE UGLY DUCKLING, AND THEN YOU DIE or THE FACE OF DECEPTION, could keep me engaged years ago. I am disappointed, though, reading this one. The writing style totally bored me. I stopped reading before halfway through the book. It was probably just me growing up, or it could be her writing style has become kind of predictable after all these years.

Actually, the plot can be interesting. Som
Oct 11, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before there was my obsession to the paranormal/fantasy books, thanks to Twilight, but after my Nancy Drew/Sweet Valley phase (15 years ago), there was my murder mystery/suspense phase. During this time I read many, many books but had 3 favorite authors. Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Iris Johansen. Now some of Iris' books can carry a slight paranormal undertone too, which is fine with me, but my favorite series of hers is the Eve Duncan series.

Anyone who has read this series knows that t
Finished reading: March 6th 2016

“Yes, that was it. That was exactly what John Gallo was. A fever that would leave her if she didn't let it take over her mind as well as her body.”

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Nov 11, 2011 Danica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first and last Iris Johansen book. I think I followed it for not having read any of the others, but it was just a waste of my time. I don't like not finishing books and it was a quick read, so I just hoped for the best in the end. It reads like YA, but the content and material is not YA. The first 60 pages were dripping in raunchy, explicit sex, which would be fine if it were a romance or hot book, but 60 pages in a thriller is way too much. When it came back around the characters wer ...more
I thought I would treat myself to an end-of-the-year fun book, something I wouldn’t have to think too much about but would be fast-paced and entertaining. I picked Iris Johansen’s Eve, a paperback that’s been languishing on my shelf for god knows how many years. Poor paperback, it has languished in vain. I am not going to finish this book. I read about the first 100 pages, but I’d decided by the end of the first paragraph on the first page I wasn’t going to finish it. The writing is full of clic ...more
Joni Thomas
I know, I know. This is not a Young Adult book. But I have been reading Iris Johansen's books since I was 12. So it counts. Kinda. For any followers who have read any of Iris Johansen's books, especially the Eve Duncan series, let me know. I don't know anyone who reads these and they are such fantastic books that I wish I had someone to share them with.

The beginning of this book is set in Eve's past as she relives the event that lead up to the birth of her daughter, Bonnie. Eve meets John Gallo
Mar 16, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iris Johansen
St. Martin’s Press
416 pages Pub date April 2011
ISBN-13: 9780312651206
In the beginning there was “Eve” come read the first in the brand new trilogy that will finally answer all our questions.
Eve Duncan after all the efforts not to, turned out to be more like her mother than she liked when at 16 she turned up pregnant, but Bonnie soon became the apple of her eye and the sun in her morning, one day 7 years later the sun stopped rising when Bonnie was kidnapped and murdered, but her
Oct 28, 2011 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another round of terror for Eve Duncan and her family. This time we are taken to Eve's teenage years growing up in the projects. Johansen really blew it this time. I've rarely seen so many elitist stereotypes of poor people. Johansen obviously never met a poor person she doesn't blame for being weak. Johansen doesn't have a clue what it takes to survive.

Ah, well. I never expect realism from the Eve Duncan novels. So we have another chase through a scene full of vicious killers and double dealing
Apr 08, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DONE and happy to be! I will not be reading the rest of the triology!
Apr 30, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 14, 2012 Book Him Danno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I've been listening to this for awhile when I walk alone. Losing a child has to be one of the worst things that could ever happen, and than not knowing where they are or even if they are still alive. Finding the body at least gives you closure, not knowing has to be almost impossible to survive. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next three.
3 1/2 stars

I found that this author is a bit hit and miss with her books. Some have been great and others have floundered. This was not bad, but i
Apr 24, 2011 E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
The one time I was too excited to see a new Iris Johansen book to examine the cover carefully! Be warned, this is the first in a trilogy that finally gives each of the major characters an in-depth treatment. Eve Duncan's overriding purpose in life has always been to find her daughter Bonnie and bring her home. All of the people in her life have known that this obsession supersedes everything else but not everyone has become resigned to this situation. Finally, Bonnie's origins are described and ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blues, profile
This is my second book read from Iris Johansen and I am totally sold on her books. I loved this book and learning more about the type of person Eve used to be and who the father of Bonnie was and what type of guy he was. Eve has always come across as so strong and independent that it was interesting seeing this softer, more vulnerable side growing up with a drug addict for a mother. The character who really grabbed me in this book was by far John Gallo. His character was a bundle of contradictio ...more
Stacy Juba
Jun 29, 2011 Stacy Juba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of the Eve Duncan forensic sculptor books and was especially interested in this one as it provides a glimpse into Eve's past. Readers of the series know that Eve's daughter disappeared years ago and she has been trying ever since to discover who murdered her and where the body is. This book provides flashbacks into Eve's teenage years and the events leading up to her pregnancy, then returns to the present. I've spoken to two others who have read this book - one was disappointed as ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Lanica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I haven't read this author in a long time, but was reminded about her by the ads along the side of Good Reads for Bonnie. I figured that, even though I'd fallen away from the series I remembered it fondly and looked forward to seeing how it ended.

Either I have a nostalgic recollection of the series; or, her writing has fallen off. This book wasted a huge amount of time on sex scenes. Eve as a 16 year old meets a 20-year-old expert in the Kama Sutra. Sex - sex - sex - sex...enough already.

Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Webster Library
Nov 07, 2012 Webster Library rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iris Johansen tells a good story. I got wrapped up with the characters and even though this was the 12th book in the Eve Duncan series, I was able to follow the story and know all the characters. You can pick up her books in the middle of the series and follow what is going on. Eve is a forensic sculptor. She takes the skulls of the dead and finds out what they looked like in life. Her ability to do this didn't really come into play in this novel. It was about the disappearance of her daughter a ...more
Jul 08, 2012 ~Leslie~ rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book-nook
I have not read the other books in this series, though I am familiar with the premise and with Iris Johansen's writing, which I really like. Coming in the middle of a series is always difficult, though this is the start of a trilogy within that series. This gives the back story of Eve, who has been hunting for the killer of her daughter for many years. I really enjoyed all aspects of the story, except the interaction of the characters. Eve is married to Joe Quinn, a former Navy Seal and now a po ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Jannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After all these years, it's exciting to see Eve Duncan finally get a chance to unravel the mystery of what happened to her daughter. I really enjoyed the flashback sequences, getting to see young Eve and the horrible circumstances she was struggling so desperately to overcome.

On the other hand, the only negative thing I have to say about the book would involve these sequences. The author's description of the relationship between Eve and Bonnie's father is practically nothing but one sex scene af
Apr 05, 2011 Sheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supsense, arcs
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3-1/2 STARS

After what seems like countless Eve Duncan books, Iris Johansen gives her readers "Eve"- the first in a "trilogy within a series"- which will supposedly finally give Eve a resolution to what really happened to her beloved daughter Bonnie when she disappeared many years ago. I have been disappointed with many of her recent Eve Duncan books, as I feel like they are repetitive and that Johansen has been dragging the Bonnie storyline on fo
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Feb 02, 2012 Melanie Chabrol- rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve Duncan is a smart 16 y.o with a good head on her shoulders,then one day she and her friend Rosa is being bullied by a gang, then she meets John Gallo. A good looking man her night and shining hero. Things change quite quickly. What happens when they chat? their friendship is a challenge when he goes away. After several years they reunite, will they pick up where they left off, are they the same after 7 years?
I must admit it was written differently from other authors I have read, but Iris kn
I just finished Eve and all night I couldn't sleep because I got no proper ending or to my satisfaction.

I am not a fan of Quinn but the next one is a must read for me.

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I really enjoyed the back story to Eve and John Gallo; I found him to be an interesting character and I thought she did well in bringing him to life. The action and mystery of the plot was developed at a good pace. At times I felt like it was a bit overdone....heavy on the dramatics.
Nurse Lisa in Ohio
I'm leaning towards 3.5-ish. Better than I was thinking it would be & I really enjoyed the backstory fill in finally :) definitely a must for those of is who insist on reading every book in a series, in order, once we begin it (regardless of quality at times! Lol). I actually almost started right in with the next one "Quinn", because of the way in which the story ends...I wanted to stick with it instinctively but I'm the kinda gal who appreciates an author MUCH MORE if I wait before reading ...more
Apr 22, 2011 Corinne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eve Duncan has been bringing closure to families for years, forensically reconstructing skulls to help identify remains; mostly children. In the first of a series of three, "Eve" is the back story of her childhood, her mother, and the relationship with Bonnie's father. Her single-minded pursuit of the killer of her daughter has consumed her for years, and it appears that she might actually get answers this time.

Without revealing spoilers, this is another page turner from Johnasen, with as many q
Dec 14, 2011 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition was ok. All of the characters were so overwrought. Gee, people, turn it down a little bit. Step back, relax, take a breath. The whole book was so full of testosterone that I felt like I was growing hair in unwanted places.
The characters needed some humanity. The plot needed some reality. I needed a break from all the sweating and heaving. Sorry for your loss, Eve, but can you be a little more realistic about it all? And then for the book to end with an OBVIOUS hook to the NEXT book
I have always liked Iris Johansen's books and have looked forward to them. They are light and easy reads that usually just flow. Fun without a lot of effort that you can read in a day, weekend or at the beach.
The ending of this one left me irritated and hanging. I won't write what happened but a major character was left hanging, like an old fashioned "cliff hanger" from the movies, making it all feel like it was a selling method for the next book.
It just struck me wrong and left a nasty taste
Jul 01, 2015 Ivy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you wanted to read about a forensic scientist who does reconstructions on bones, you are still looking for the work of Kathy Reichs, because that's not this book.

Iris Johasen's "Eve" is not actually a crime thriller, it's more like a romance with a bunch of action, and just a tiny bit of crime thriller background flavour. This is not what I wanted, and frankly, I am disappoint.
The books plot is totally unrealistic and I felt like it couldn't have even made a b movie.
To be clear I say this as
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Eve Duncan (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan, #1)
  • The Killing Game (Eve Duncan, #2)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
  • Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4)
  • Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, #5)
  • Countdown (Eve Duncan, #6)
  • Stalemate (Eve Duncan, #7)
  • Quicksand (Eve Duncan, #8)
  • Blood Game (Eve Duncan, #9)
  • Eight Days To Live (Eve Duncan, #10)

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