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Close Your Eyes (Kendra Michaels #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  4,730 Ratings  ·  379 Reviews
In Close Your Eyes, The New York Times bestselling duo Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen are back with a suspenseful novel about a once-blind woman with a talent for tracking serial killers
The FBI doesn’t usually consult with music therapists to solve their cases. But Kendra Michaels' astonishing powers of observation and analysis have made her a favorite of law enforcement
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 28th 2011)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
2,5 stars

Close your Eyes is the 1st novel in the Kendra Michaels Series by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen.

I have been a huge fan of Iris Johansen since reading the 1st book in her Eve Duncan Series, and have read the entire series and a lot more of her other series, so I was looking forward to reading more about Kendra Michaels, who made an appearance in one of Eve Duncan latest books.

I can’t exactly say why this one was such a disappointment.

I found the
Rachael Uponen
Jun 30, 2016 Rachael Uponen rated it liked it
Out of all the Iris Johansen books I've read, this one was probably the best. It was published post-"Bonnie," so maybe Johansen just needed a fresh start. Unfortunately, it looks like this is the beginning of a series, and it seems that Johansen's series tend to go downhill if they last too long.

Kendra Michaels--I think that's her name, although some pages, including this one, say "Michael"--is a woman who spent the first 20 years of her life blind. She's learned to navigate the world around he
Mar 30, 2012 Donna rated it it was ok
Shelves: criminal-mystery
This book had a very interesting premise. Music therapist Kendra Michaels spent the first part of her life in darkness, being blind from birth. She perfected her other senses, and so when she gained her sight through stem cell surgery years later, she had cultivated powers of observation that exceeded the average person's. She became an invaluable tool for the FBI, but felt used by them and overwrought during a case gone bad. But now, she is back in the center of it all when her ex-lover, an FBI ...more
Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!"
An excellent debut for a new suspense series. I really liked the two leads. However, it felt like they were being set up as a couple -- they had great chemistry -- but the romance never seemed to happen. But I suppose if people are trying to kill you and your ex is missing (presumed dead) and your best friend gets put in the hospital, it may kill the mood.

I did like the plot, though, and look forward to seeing more of Kendra and Lynch.
Linda Munro
Dec 30, 2012 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing
Well, what can I say, I've read books out of order again, although you get to know and love Johansen's characters whether or not you read the books in order, it's always nice to learn how a character came to play a part in one of your favorite series. This book was an introduction to Kendra Michaels, a woman who uses music therapy to coax children back into the real world. Seemingly set in her ways and devoted to 'her children' those in her music therapy lessons, Kendra comes across as a much o ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Lee rated it liked it
Kendra Michaels has an incredible ability and assists the FBI with her unique way of observing and analysing information. Kendra was born blind but six years ago had an operation to restore her sight. Since this experience Kendra's senses are heightened, she is able to use all of her senses not just her sight when investigating crime, this is a great asset to the police. Kendra's best friend Olivia is also blind after being injured in a car accident at age six and the two girls have turned to ea ...more
Close Your Eyes
3 Stars

Blind from birth, Dr. Kendra Michaels learned to rely on her other senses. Following surgery to restore her sight, Kendra put her incredible powers of observation to good use by aiding the FBI until a life altering case put her on a different path. Now a series of multiple murders has sent former FBI agent and current Justice Department fixer, Adam Lynch, to Kendra's door. Despite her reluctance, she feels compelled to assist him, but this decision might very well have deva
Ornella (Nyx)
Jul 25, 2012 Ornella (Nyx) rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alone
3.5 Stars

I am not quite sure how to rate this. Plot wise, it was pretty damn amazing. Actually if the rating was solely on the plot, it would be a solid 5 stars. But where it lacked was in the characters, especially Kendra. To me Kendra seemed incredibly cold, analytically, as if she didn't have feelings. Which is weird cause she is very sensitive and seems to take things to heart. But I didn't feel it. I was just being told about her feelings. She wasn't quite a robot, it wasn't that bad, but i
Aug 16, 2012 Shiela rated it it was ok
As many reviewers have already stated, Johansen is purely writing from her well-worn formula and it's getting old! "Strong" female characters that don't sound or act like any strong female I know, token dreamy males wanting to protect and save the day but delayed by obtuse female, uber bad guys that you don't really care about after awhile. I felt myself slogging away just waiting for it to be over. I should have quit a long time ago, but for some reason, I just keep reading EVERY SINGLE one of ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 03, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
After reading Iris Johansen's Bonnie, Eve and Quinn books , it made you wonder what direction she would go as those three were part of a series that has made her famous - The Eve Duncan Series. I have to say , I have also tried to read the other books that she has co-written with her husband e.g Storm Cycle and they just haven't grabbed my attention so when I saw Close Your Eyes , I was in two minds. Would I enjoy it or wouldn't I ? , Readers of The Phantom Paragrapher, I loved Close Your Eyes a ...more
Tom Tischler
Jul 22, 2012 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it
The FBI usually does'nt bother with music therapists but Kendra Michaels
amazing powers of observation have made her a favorite of law enforcement.
Blind for the first twenty years of her life she cares little for investigative
work but can't deny her unique skill. She learned at an early age to become
hyper aware of her surroundings and perfected the art of picking up the most
subtle audio. Former FBI agent Adam Kyle has a few weapons of his own
Known as the Puppetmaster he is a master manipulator
3.5 stars. I like Kendra Michaels' story and her remarkable powers of observation. But Kendra's caustic attitude was unnecessary. How can she be a patient child music therapist and the rude, intolerant, reluctant investigative consultant?

* Kendra Michaels powers of observation
* Kendra was born blind and regained her sight at 20
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Aug 26, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
There is plenty about this book that doesn't make any sense. But that doesn't matter. It's a fast-paced, action-packed ride from the first page. Kendra Michaels was born blind and didn't regain sight until she was 20. She learned to do things with her other senses that most sighted people don't even dream about. Adam Lynch, former FBI agent, isn't what you call a team player. Hence the reason he's a former agent. He's a master manipulator and doesn't pull punches when he wants something done. In ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Rumana rated it liked it
The premise of this book is interesting. A formerly blind female who can pick up on little details that might escape the average person which makes her incredibly useful in investigations. However, the writing is just...subpar. One of my biggest pet peeves is picking up on spelling and grammatical errors while I'm reading a book, this book has several. Having read the background and past on the male lead I would classify him as a man of few words but he seems to be one who uses corny and cliche ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Allison rated it it was ok
The usual Iris Johansen schtick. The "formerly blind, now equipped with superhuman senses" was a good idea and could have made the book much more interesting, but Johansen (both) slipped back into the usual formulaic plot/dialogue/characterization. What's even more disappointing is that there wasn't even a decent sex scene between Kendra and Lynch!
Not the best, but not the worst of the bunch. If you're a fan, go ahead and read it. If you're looking for a "pop mystery/action" book that requires l
Michelle Cable
Mar 28, 2012 Michelle Cable rated it it was amazing
When I first starting reading the book I didn't like Lynch very much. I thought Kendra was a great lead character with lots of depth. The way she used her senses and how blunt she was made me really respect her. No one going to use her. Part of the reason why I didn't like Lynch to start with is becasue he was tring to bully her,but then he started showing he wasn't such a bad person afterall. The story kept me hooked until the end.
Dec 23, 2013 Dorsi rated it it was ok
The main character, Kendra Michaels, got on my nerves so much I just couldn't continue. I think the idea was to make her a strong female heroine but it was too much. She was a total bitch which was okay, but she was so much of a bitch it became just silly. I found myself rolling my eyes. I have read a couple other Iris Johanson books that I've liked. This one didn't fall in that category unfortunately.
Jul 26, 2012 Joyanne rated it liked it
This is a good suspense novel...quick pace...good character development. I struggled with the back story as it kept being inserted in the current storyline. It felt fake to me when the authors tried to layer emotions onto situations that already were emotional. I can't give an example without spoiling part of the book. But if you read it, you will see what I mean.
Sid Frost
Sep 29, 2016 Sid Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the story of how a once-blind woman used her heightened other senses to solve murders for the FBI by closing her eyes. Excellent story, great characters, and full of action. I listened to it on audiobook, but it should be equally good on the printed (or digital) page.
May 12, 2014 Katerina rated it it was ok
I really didn't enjoy this book. I couldn't get over Kendra's constant weeping that she is being used! After 70 pages I put the book down, because it felt like the author is using this line anytime she should describe some real feelings...
Jul 13, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it
This book was ok. It had potential, but something just fell flat. The characters weren't very deep, although I liked both of them. Not sure I would say rush out and get this. It passed the time for my commute.
David Marshall
Aug 18, 2012 David Marshall rated it did not like it
Pathetic thriller with a heroine lacking all credibility taking on a home-grown terrorist cell that's as dumb as rocks.
Feb 28, 2017 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Very good, read it in a couple of days, couldn't put it down.
Jul 19, 2012 Bridget rated it it was ok
Iris, what happened? This was not up to your other books.
Aug 28, 2012 Erna rated it it was ok
The main character was interesting for a while but got tiresome. I won't be reading the next one in the series.
Vishaka Rajan
Jan 26, 2017 Vishaka Rajan rated it it was ok
I was really excited for this novel because I was very intrigued by Kendra's character. I wanted to know how the authors would portray her. At first, I really enjoyed her blunt attitude and her amazing talent; it almost reminded me of a mix between Bones and The Mentalist. But pretty soon I got bored of Kendra. She just ... didn't have much of a personality. She was cold and hard to connect to, and there were times when she was unnecessarily harsh to those around her. Her sudden outbursts of emo ...more
Feb 12, 2017 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was a quick read with a relatively engaging female protagonist. It didn't "wow" or anything, but was a pleasant and easy way to spend time on an airplane.
The pacing was off a bit at the ending though - it was abrupt with too many things unraveling at once. The last 30 pages or so read like a checklist: bad guy? check. bonus bad guy for slight twist? check. mole in the FBI for another twist? check. emotional punch for protagonist? check and check. good guys save the day? check.
Jun 15, 2017 Tammy rated it really liked it
Kendra is a very intriguing person because she was blind and then got the gift of sight. She is more atuned to things than most people though she has had run ins with the FBI and one agent she had a relationship with Jeff. He has now gone missing and Lynch wants her to help him find him and what is going on with multiple deaths. Very fast paced story with lots going on. Loved it.
Diane Sallans
Mar 21, 2017 Diane Sallans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I recieved this book thru a Goodreads First-reads offer. It is the first book in a series which I hadn't read yet - tho I have read and enjoyed other books by Iris Johansen. This is a Contemporary Suspense (with a hint of romance). It introduces Kendra Michaels who was born blind but gained site thru a stem-cell procedure (apparently that is feasible tho research is still ongoing). She is an interesting character tho not always completely likable. Her senses were honed while blind and they help ...more
amanda sneed
Mar 18, 2017 amanda sneed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Kendra Michaels and Adam Lynch are great characters and keep you wanting more. I love Eve and so wasn't sure if Kendra could compete, but she definitely does. Another great book!!
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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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