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Sleep No More (Eve Duncan #15)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen comes a new thriller that will have Eve Duncan questioning everything she thought she knew about her family and her past

One woman held captive for decades…
Another one freed by the truth…

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it's like to be haunted by the past. For years after her daughter Bonnie was stolen f
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Feb 12, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok
A few years ago, before I joined GoodReads, I read 2 or 3 of the Eve Duncan books on the recommendation of a friend--can't remember titles, as they all seemed pretty formulaic. Haven't picked one up since then.

And maybe this wasn't the right one--but...very unimpressed.

There are problems all through what should be a taut thriller: a massive overdose of goes-nowhere, inane dialogue; a plotting timeline that doesn't make any sense; lead characters who do things no sane person would do; a kitchen-s
Oct 26, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
This book will be far more interesting if you first read Close Your Eyes which she wrote with her son Roy Johansen, but you won't really lose anything if you don't. Eve receives the extraordinary news that she has an older half sister who has recently escaped the sanitorium that she has spent the last 17 years. Eve is stunned but can't help but be drawn into her unknown sister's plight, particularly when it becomes clear her sister has been medicated and hypnotized into submission for years. Her ...more
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Nov 14, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense Readers
Is there life after Bonnie for Eve? Apparently so. In this latest installment in the romantic suspense series, Ms. Johansen introduces us to a new character - Beth Avery. Beth's tie into Eve is a surprise to all. It's a nice addition and Bonnie's visit to Eve is lovely.

There has to be a suspense of disbelief for many of the "woo woo" stuff in these stories. Once that happens, these stories are quite lovely. I enjoyed this well edited if predictable plot. Joe and Eve are like a pair of comfortabl
Patricia L.
Nov 11, 2012 Patricia L. rated it it was ok
The book was hard to stay with after the first 200 pages when conversations became stilted and repetitive. Some of the murders may have happened with the movement of a wand, as they were dismissed with a sentence or two, and not credible.
I think I'm finished with these characters. Perhaps Ms. Johansen will invent a more believab;e plot with a new group of people, but I won't be rushing to read this author any time soon.
Feb 25, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
This is only getting 3 stars b/c of the kept me sucked in. But I'm really not sure why: Johansen is getting a bit repetitive with her plots. Family member in trouble? Check. Eve putting herself in danger against Joe's advice? Check. Presidential candidate involved? Check. Crazy dangerous killer? Check.

Seriously, didn't Catherine Ling just save a good presidential candidate? Guess that doesn't count since it wasn't technically an "Eve Duncan" book.

The timeline really bugs me too.
Linda Alexander
Dec 28, 2012 Linda Alexander rated it really liked it
This book had a great story line and I greatly enjoyed it. It really snags the reader into being fearful for the life of the young girl they've kept sedated and mentally out of it for more than a decade. One questions whether/not her father truly loves and cares for her, and particularly since he hasn't been to see her for many years because of the pressure from his mother to avoid having any ties to the girl, for fear it will damage his political career. Sort of makes one wonder how any father ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Feb 28, 2015 Alasandra Alawine rated it it was amazing
Sandra reveals that she had a illegitimate child (Beth Avery) before she gave birth to Eve. Beth's Father came from a wealthy family and they were desperate to cover up the fact he liked young girls. Sandra was forced to give Beth up and was warned never to speak of the child, and she didn't for years. But after Bonnie was kidnapped she hired a private detective to find Beth.

Beth was given to relatives of Rick Avery (Beth's Father) to raise, and they packed her off to boarding schools as soon a
Erin Pauley
Jan 30, 2016 Erin Pauley rated it did not like it
I was in the back seat of a car and it was a long drive so I picked this up and I have to say the first couple of chapters snared me. This is not a book I would ever pick up on my own at the store or anywhere except in a period of bored desperation and I wouldn't recommend it. The whole thing is just one huge cat and mouse game with characters that at times were so unbelievable I feel like this should be considered fantasy. I read the whole thing going back and forth between "good guys" and "bad ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a quick read with an interesting storyline. I liked it!

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine in the October issue.
Joel Anderson
Nov 20, 2012 Joel Anderson rated it really liked it
Having read all of the Iris Johansen books detailing Eve Duncan's search for her missing daughter Bonnie, I wondered where she would take the story and the characters once the mystery of Bonnie's disappearance was solved. In Sleep No More, she introduces a new character into Eve's life, a character who adds more mystery to the story of Eve, Joe and Eve's mother.

The story is fast-paced as Eve tries to understand and relate to the new member of her family, and the high stakes game of murder intend
May 24, 2013 Jodi rated it did not like it
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Madeline Dahlman
Nov 21, 2012 Madeline Dahlman rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I'm even surprising myself with that 1 star rating..but I can't in good conscience say it was "ok"...This is labeled as an Eve Duncan novel and I think it would have worked SIGNIFICANTLY better if it had been a stand alone...the premise is that Eve Duncan finds out that she has a long lost sister, Beth Avery, who has spent 20 years in a sedated state in a mental hospital. The news makes its way to Eve after Beth has managed to escape the hospital. Without spending an hour explaining all the deta ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Title: Sleep No More (Eve Duncan Series #12)

Author: Iris Johansen


Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it’s like to be haunted by the past. For years after her daughter Bonnie was stolen from her, she fought for closure. But now as she’s striving to begin anew, she can’t shake the feeling that something terrible is about to happen—or maybe already has. When her mother, Sandra, asks for help in finding a missing friend named Beth Avery, Eve is sure that she’s hiding something. It’s odd
Nov 13, 2012 Shiela rated it liked it
If you get past the formulaic plot (and with Johansen, you HAVE to get past the formulaic plot because every single one of her books follow the same formula), this book wasn't half bad. I enjoyed learning about Sandra's past and it'll be interesting to see what she does with the two sisters. What I really don't like is the jilted dialogue and personality each new female character takes on. They are always stand-offish, bossy and generally someone you don't want to be around, although Eve ALWAYS ...more
Ernest Martin
Mar 28, 2015 Ernest Martin rated it it was ok
Surprised this book has such a high rating as I didn't think it was very good. The characters were just too ... out there. Not a single character is normal, even though the story is to be odd and extreme but possible in today's world. And very much a let down on major events in the book, the author builds up the situation and then disposes of it in a couple of sentences. Overall, I read the whole thing so it wasn't so bad I didn't want to finish it but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Mar 09, 2016 Brittany rated it it was ok
Oh where to begin...I wanted to like this book but it fell far short of what I expected. There was no big mystery. everything was pretty much laid out from the start of the book. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Janet rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this Iris Johansen as I have all of her books, though it is getting a little repetitive. I'm dismayed to see that it appears that Johansen is moving more towards the "romance" genre. It seems that she was more t mystery previously. The perfect, brave and beautiful woman and perfect, brave and handsome man just wear quite thin In all of those romance novels. And in keeping with the romance theme, here was a lot more fairly graphic sex between Eve and Joe. And there was tons of r ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Andreasoldier rated it it was ok
I told myself I was going to drop this author because these novels have lost their emotion and rely more and more on slick tricks to pull the story along.
I gotta say the writing is tight ,moves fast and has some red herrings, but I'm not hanging on every word. Eve is started to bore, and new character Kendra is a little too woo-woo to be believable.
At least I got it at the library.
Dec 13, 2012 Sidnie rated it it was ok
Characters are stilted and formulaic. Dialogue dull. If I had to read one more "dammit" by joe and eve, or read one more scene where one protects the other by going it alone.... It's the same thing over and over. Eve has evolved into an almost unlikeable character, and yet everyone loves her and does her bidding. I think I will be finished with this series.
Micky Cox
Feb 02, 2015 Micky Cox rated it really liked it
I love the Eve Duncan series as it always keeps you guessing. The twists and turns within the story line are both unexpected and believable. This is the first book after Eve has finally found her Bonnie and the man who took her so I was afraid that the series had reached it's end and the story line would feel flat and forced. Not so, this was an interesting twist that once again drug Eve and Joe into a life or death situation that had you on the edge of your seat. In fact, I can say that this bo ...more
Michelle Cable
May 21, 2012 Michelle Cable rated it really liked it
It is a Eve Duncan book, what more do I really need to say. I felt like I learned more about Eve and Joe as a couple outside of the impact Bonnie had on them. I wasn't sure how the series was going to continue after Bonnie had been found, but this was a great way for that to happen.
Oct 18, 2012 dragonsdy rated it it was amazing
I adore this book. It was so great to be with Eve and Joe again soling a mystery. Love the new twist with Beth. It was an amazing read. I read it straight through. Wonderful. Will read again!
Jun 14, 2016 Janice rated it it was ok
I listened to the book fairly quickly. It was a reasonable suspense novel. It is the first of the Eve Duncan books that I read.

I had a major problem with the timeline. By my calculation Eve has to be in her 30s and this is her older sister that she is rescuing. The book starts out that Beth has been kept drugged for 20 years since she turned 17. That works timewise, Beth is 37. But by the end of the book the drugged years are down to several years, at one point a decade. Beth is treated as a yo
Jan 31, 2014 Larry rated it it was amazing
I can see why Iris Johansen is such a prolific and popular author. This was the 5th book of hers I have read and it was a good one. A very interesting story line that builds as the book goes along. Johansen keeps bringing interesting new characters into the base characters of Eve and Quinn. A very interesting and surprising new character is introduced in this book and her name is Beth. I can other books coming that develop Beth's character more in the future. Highly recommend to readers of thril ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, books-i-own, 2012
Wasn't impressed.
Feb 03, 2015 Dorine rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy unusual suspense
Rated 3.5 - Enjoy more suspense reviews at TBR MOUNTAIN RANGE. Easily read as a standalone, this contemporary suspense is a good introduction to the characters Eve Duncan and Kendra Michaels for those who haven't read either series yet.

Beth Avery escapes from a luxury mental hospital when a man tries to kill her. After years of being kept drugged and unaware following a skiing accident, Beth is on the run, her only focus is to hide until it's safe to move on. She doesn't remember much before or
Barbara ★
As usual, I greatly enjoyed this Eve Duncan book. Though I must admit that I was concerned where Iris Johansen was going to take Eve being that she finally (after 11 books) got closure on her daughter, Bonnie's disappearance. I liked the addition of a half-sister for Eve. It certainly explained why her mother, Sandra was so angry at Eve and stand-offish. Though this reveal was very painful for Eve, it just proved that her mother really didn't love her at all. Though it was more that she was inca ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Love this series. Always keeps you in suspense, wondering what will happen next.

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it's like to be haunted by the past. For years after her daughter Bonnie was stolen from her, she fought for closure. But now as she's striving to begin anew, she can't shake the feeling that something terrible is about to happen—or maybe already has. When her mother, Sandra, asks for help in finding a missing friend named Beth Avery, Eve is sure that she's hiding something. It
Nov 07, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
Eve and Joe are once again thrown into a myriad of murder and mayhem when it’s discovered that Eve’s not her mother Sandra’s only child. No the year before Eve was conceived Sandra had another daughter, Beth who’s politically and prominent paternal family literally bought the child from the arms of 14 year old Sandra. Unbeknown to Eve Sandra has kept up with this child, from her childhood in European boarding schools, to her nearly fatal skiing accident and now to her disappearance from the ment ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing
Sleep No More

Iris Johansen

A hired assassin paid to eliminate a mental patient because she is in the way. A killer quietly steals down the corridor of a mental institution, the nurse on duty on a break and the coverage nurse has not arrived. Unguarded, no security in sight, yet this is a high maximum facility, private nurses round the clock for special patients and yet no one sees this man. Creeping into Beth Avery’s room with the sole purpose of killing her and completing the job he was being pa
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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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Eve Duncan (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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  • The Killing Game (Eve Duncan, #2)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
  • Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4)
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  • Countdown (Eve Duncan, #6)
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