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Close Your Eyes (Kendra Michaels #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  3,093 ratings  ·  286 reviews
In Close Your Eyes, The New York Times bestselling duo Iris Johansen and Roy Johansenare backwith 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 Michael’s astonishing powers of observation and analysis have made her a favorite of law enforcement age
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 28th 2011)
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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
Linda Munro
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
Ornella (Nyx)
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
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
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
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
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
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
I was glad to find out this is the first in a series. Kendra Michaels has a special ability to see every little detail and project what may have happened in a situation as well as read people with an eerie ability. This may have been since she was born blind and at the age of 20 had an operation that gave her site.

Her boyfriend and FBI agent she feels used her ability to help with his cases but when she couldn't prevent some children from being murdered she felt responsible and used. She broke
Rated 3.5 stars.
The mystery was good. The main character is Kendra, who was blind from birth, but a few years ago she had an experimental procedure that restored her sight. (Wish that could really happen.)But since she lived nearly her whole life without seeing, her other senses are more developed than the average person. So she figures out things that others can't. She kind of reminds me of Sherlock Holmes, like he would say "this man is a left-handed carpenter who is an avid bird-watcher" and
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.
Michelle Cable
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.
Jessica Nardulli
An excellent dive into the mind of Kendra Michaels. Her history is fascinating, and as someone who was first introduced to her in the Taking Eve series, it's been fantastic getting to finally fill in the blanks a bit.

(Spoiler a bit below this line.)

(No, really.)

(Well, it's not a terrible spoiler but it isn't vague like my normal comments.)

(Don't say I didn't warn you.)

I will admit, the near-romantic tendencies in this book felt somewhat cobbled together and thrown in about halfway through the b
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.
Susan Moore
Interesting plot but it was too easy to lose my enthusiasm to keep reading.

I would have given the book 4 stars for the overall story and the 2 main characters if there weren't any errors. I like the Kendra and Lynch. They both make interesting characters. If they would have done more acting and less thinking I would have enjoyed it more. Too much self analysis for me. Huge points for the plot and subplots. In all honesty, I only bought two of their books for two reasons. One, they were on sale f
David Marshall
Pathetic thriller with a heroine lacking all credibility taking on a home-grown terrorist cell that's as dumb as rocks.
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.
Wasn't sure what I was going to get when I started this book.
I only picked it up because I love Iris' writing style. I love the Eve Duncan and the Catherine Ling novels. Kendra was introduced when she helped Eve and Joe hunt for Bonnie's remains. Same as Catherine.
I'm glad Iris gave her her own series, as with Catherine. I really enjoyed this.
Kendra takes a bit of getting used to. Her attitude though is well deserved. She has come through from a handicap (not what she would call it) that she had
The main character was interesting for a while but got tiresome. I won't be reading the next one in the series.
Erin Burns
The set up really intrigued me, I am a fan of suspense and FBI procedurals, and an extrasensory formerly blind person sounded like it would make this a paranormal without the paranormal, if that makes sense. I really enjoyed Kendra, she's like a slightly warmer Bones (of the TV series not the book), she's dedicated to her job, she has a best friend, and she has an interesting relationship with her mother. And, she just so happens to be super perceptive and logical. paranormal without the paranor ...more
Iris, what happened? This was not up to your other books.
Marsha Hubbell
I enjoy the collaboration of Iris Johansen and her son Roy Johansen. In "Close Your Eyes," they bring back a character from the Eve Duncan series, Kendra Michaels. Born blind, she was 20 years old before her sight was restored. Having developed her other senses during that time, Kenra is a bit Sherlockian in the way she is able to deduce clues unseen, "unsmelled" and unacknowledged by others. If the reader agrees to throw judgement aside and accept that Michaels can indeed do all she does, it's ...more
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About a week has passed since I finished reading Close Your Eyes. I can’t remember much about the deaths Jeff was investigating. That tells me that the plot, though sound, wasn’t as captivating as the characters. I can remember a lot about Kendra and Lynch, especially about Kendra’s work as a music therapist, but the whole serial killer/terrorist plot is vague in my memory even after re-reading the synopsis.

I really liked the characters and the dynamics
Jul 20, 2014 Betty rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Betty by: Sent to me for review

Close Your Eyes
By Iris Johansen
St. Martin’s Press
July 2012

Authors: Iris and Roy Johansen

Kendra Michael works with autistic children using music therapy. Kendra is something of a miracle in that she was blind for the first 20 years of her life, but through the wonderful world of science research and self-grown stem cells her sight has been restored. During her 20 years of blindness Kendra’s other senses were very strong and they are something she still re
I've read a lot of Iris' books, and though the Eve Duncan series has begun to bore me, I loved the Kendra Michaels character, and hoped we'd get a book with her. There's a series, and this first book was FANTASTIC. Loved it, love the character.

Kendra Michaels was born blind and went through a procedure to make her be able to see. Now able to see, she has used her heightened senses in the past to help out law enforcement on cases, but it's not something she enjoys doing. She prefers her quiet li
Close Your Eyes is a character centered novel starring Kendra Michaels and Adam Lynch. Michaels was blind for the first 20 years of her life until an operation gave her sight. Adam Lynch is a former FBI agent now working for the Justice Department. Michaels is a female Sherlock Holmes with amazing powers of observation, in one scene she identifies a new section of carpet by smell and in another recognizes a past injury in her partner by "hearing" it. Lynch is an antihero sort of a James Bond sty ...more
I enjoyed the story very much. The FBI is missing one of their own with few clues to work with. Adam Lynch, working for the Justice Department, knows that the best tool to find the missing agent is Kendra Michaels, a Music Therapist. Kendra was blind for the first twenty years of her life, until a break-through surgery gave her her sight. While she was blind, though, Kendra worked very hard to hone her other senses to make sure that she could be as independent as possible. Those senses had been ...more
Robin Priddy
Jul 02, 2012 Robin Priddy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Robin by: review copy
Dr Kendra Michaels is a music therapist. Kendra was born blind. But thinks to a new stem-cell procedure in England, Kendra was able to see for the fist time. Being blind for the first twenty years of her life, Kendra's other senses became highly developed. When Kendra started dating Jeff Stedler, an agent with the FBI, he started asking for her help on his cases. Jeff belived that by using Kendra's unique skills that there was not a case they could not solve. When a kidnapping case goes very bad ...more
Monica Williams
When I first read the blurb for this book I wasn't too sure about reading it. The main character on Dr. Kendra Michaels had been blind and had her vision restored by a procedure. I thought the procedure would be a bigger part of the story line and I was not sure I wanted to go there- little too sci-fi for me. Fortunately that was only a small part of the part and helps to explain Dr. Michaels incredible abilities. Like most who were blind her other senses were more developed and even with being ...more
M Smith
The mother and son writing team may have finally found a winning formula. The main character of Kendra Michael is better written then others created by the writing duo. She is a mix of hard and soft edges and does not suffer fools gladly. Blind from birth she regains her sight as a teenager. Kendra has extraordinary sensory abilities and lends her talents to the FBI. Kendra's former FBI agent boyfriend has disappeared and she is asked to assist in the investigation. Another consultant, Adam Lync ...more
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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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Kendra Michaels (3 books)
  • Sight Unseen (Kendra Michaels #2)
  • The Naked Eye (Kendra Michaels, #3)
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