Taking Eve (Eve Duncan, #16)
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Taking Eve (Eve Duncan #16)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  4,099 ratings  ·  353 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen is back with the first book in a chilling newEve Duncan trilogy that asks the question: will Eve survive what lies ahead?

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished. She knows their anguish—her own beloved daughter,Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 2013)
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Tanya
I have read all the Eve Duncan series to date. I hate to admit it, but I find the books are going down hill. I have always enjoyed this series but I just find the whole Eve Duncan story is worn out. I found the supernatural element to the story is getting a bit over the top - ghosts, vampires, etc. Also the Eve obsession is a little too much (with Quinn and Jane). I also found this book hard to read because of the way Johansen wrote it. She was trying to fill readers in on the background story o...more
Shiela
I personally think Iris Johansen should have stopped the Eve Duncan series once we found out what happened to Bonnie. But here we are again and I need to just stop reading this series but my neurotic self won't let me.

The writing is getting worse and the plot of each of these novels seem to be following a formula. EVE IS THE CENTER OF EVERYONE'S WORLD, we get it already! This point was hammered just a 1000 times too many, the dialogue is getting really cheesy and the characters are getting too...more
Carla
So horrible I couldn't get past the first 20 pages. We start off with a man going on a road trip with his son's charred skull (to which he talks), shift to a premonition of something bad looming (i.e., foreshadowing for the oblivious reader) which is then ignored so as not to cut the story off before it begins, lead right into a woman who sees her dead daughter's ghost, and now we're ready for the action of the story which is apparently a web of conspiracy and revenge.

Nope... First we have to m...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Eve Duncan is back in a new Trilogy..and I am so happy for that. I can't get enough of her ...since the first book I read in the Eve Duncan Series...I have been hooked.

Book synopsis: Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished. She knows their anguish—her own beloved daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just seven years old. It is only recently that this mystery was resolved and Eve could begin her journey to peace. No...more
Sherry Roberts
I have been a longtime Iris Johansen fan. I waited to comment until I had read the entire trilogy: Taking Eve, Hunting Eve, and Silencing Eve. One of the most intriguing things about this series are the book covers. The designer uses one image and divides it into a triptych of sorts. The story itself, for three volumes, revolves around finding forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, who has been kidnapped by a crazy man. Johansen brings in all the support from past books, including Kendra, the woman whose...more
stephanie
so the library had it and i grabbed it as i was walking to the checkout. the eve books are quick, easy reads and usually don't upset me very much, so i tend to keep following the series even though everything is pretty much pathetic at this point.

but i was in for a surprise because JANE IS BACK! in a way that i don't want her to be, because let's just say foreshadowing isn't johansen's forte at all, but still. i am glad she is back if only to be the character with the torrid love affair because...more
Robin Priddy
Mar 08, 2013 Robin Priddy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Robin by: nightowl romance arc for review
This is the first installment of a Eve Duncan trilogy by Iris Johansen. And what a start it was. I read this book in one sitting. Ms Johansen brings us a list of old characters and brings in some new ones. This is an edge of you seat, nail biting, page turner of a book. I can't wait for the next installment, Hunting Eve, which will be out in July 2013.

Now that the mystery concerning Eve's daughter Bonnie has been solved and she has closure, Eve is ready to get back to work. Eve still brings los...more
Andreasoldier
I told myself I wouldn't pick up another Johansen since they've gotten so woo-woo and just plain bad. But there it was, sitting on the new addition shelf at my library, compelling me to pick it up with good memories of early Eve thrillers.
I used to love these when there was suspense, and Eve just talked to the ghost of her daughter, but somehow these novels have lost that edge and have gone over the top with paranormal stuff (even with a suspension of belief, it's out there.)
A nice looking old...more
Sarah Wiegman
Iris Johansen is one my most steady writers. When you read her books you reconnect with her characters over and over. I have loved the Eve Duncan stories and with the winding down of finding Bonnie's killer I was afraid it was coming to an end but what better way to ramp up expectations and suspense than with a 3 part book series all about Eve. LOVE IT.

I didn't realize, as I finished the first book, that it was a series and I was SO UPSET!! What a cliff hanger. I gave it 5 stars as it hooked me...more
Kerri
This book was okay. It isn't the Eve Duncan thriller that I was hoping for and I don't think it will improve in the next two books. I don't know anyone, now or ever, who engenders the level of loyalty and hero-worship that Eve gets from, well, everyone, and that makes it difficult to believe the majority of this story line. The whole father worshiping the son thing throws plausibility out the window for whatever was left. However, I will finish the trilogy because I have committed to it, but, un...more
Denise
This book was really good! It grabbed me right away and kept me interested....long into the night, or should I say morning. LOL There is only one catch - Ms. Johansen kind of leaves us hanging! The next book is due out soon, but not soon enough! What is with this trilogy/quadrilogy nonsense? I complain, but I really like how she is able to write a more in-depth story using this method. I just get so anxious to read the next one. Once again, Eve is in danger and I am dying to know what happens! P...more
Debbie
This book has no ending. It stops right in the middle of a cliff hanger, then the author expects you to shell out another $12.99 each for books 2 and 3 to find out what happens. Well, this is one reader that won't bother with it. The story line was not interesting enough and by the time book 2 comes out, I will have finished another dozen or more books, making Eve nothing but a distant memory. If you're like me and you like for your novels to have a beginning, a middle and an end , don't waste y...more
Debi
I had to look at the cover a few times to remind myself that this was an Iris Johansen book. It was very, very, very drawn out. I am happy that I got it from the library and did not spend money on it. It is obvious that Iris Johansen is only trying to make money by dividing what should have been one good book into three very, very, very drawn out books. I will not "read" the other two. I will scan the pages quickly to see what happens. The story idea is good but please stop with the detailed det...more
Jessica Nardulli
If you're a Johansen fan, I highly recommend finishing this trilogy out. And if you haven't read any of the Eve books yet, I'd highly recommend going back and reading some of the other ones first. A lot of history will be spoiled if you don't.

I can certainly see where people are coming from when they say Eve's books are getting a little tiring. I love Eve and her history, but it's true that things can get a little repetitive where this cast of characters is concerned. You could say everything's...more
Audrey
The entire first half of the book is over the top Eve worship. The second half was better but it was not a good book. Very sad, I have been a loyal fan of all Johansen books and the series has went down hill. Almost every character from her previous books has made an appearance or been mentioned, taking away from the core story. The implied evil in the book is disturbing and the forshadowing of a main character's death is frustrating. Honestly, not sure how she can drag the story out two more bo...more
C.G.
The first of a trilogy of books in the Eve Duncan series, this one is where Eve is 'taken' and we discover why. As usual, Jane and Eve's many friends - as well as a new one - come to help Joe find her - while Eve works to help herself.

I waited until all three books were in paperback to buy and read them. I have to echo other comments that I think this could have been put in one book instead of three. There is a lot of repetitiveness because the background has to be told in each one and sometimes...more
Phyllis Elmo
The Eve Duncan series revolves around a forensic sculptor who recreates the missing (predominantly children) from skull remains. Eve is an incredibly strong and determined woman whose early life was full of trial and who lost her only natural daughter, Bonnie, at age 7. Most of the series has been written in search of Bonnie's abductor and killer. That mystery solved, Eve has found herself enmeshed in the recreation of a serial killer at the behest of his co-conspirator father. This is the first...more
Brianna Elsass
Interesting start to a trilogy. I was very encouraged to see Jane stepping up again as a lead in the book as well as Eve taking a larger role in running her life and security.

This book pulled me in with the ground work into Jane's love life and Eve being held as a captive in order to work on a reconstruction. I will admit, the book ended for me rather abruptly and I wanted to have the next book to immediately begin reading.
Roberta Emerson
It's official: this author jumped the shark with her quasi-sci-fi prior trilogy. Now, having mastered how to drag a story into a novel length with mind-crushing lethargy, she builds a new trilogy. This one continues with x men & women from previous books and adds to them. A cadre of "special gifts" if you will. On the whole: boring to the max. So will I read the next two, the rest of the trilogy? Yeah, but really fast.
Jan
I think I'm just about done with this series. I can see beloved characters, really, but it's time to get Jane's love life in order and this whole cliff hanger thing at the end of the book - so not cool. Works for tv shows - books not so much. So many interesting characters to discuss, but the constant return to Eve - getting old.
Mignonne Cameron
Liked the book but too short . Have to wait for sequel to see final results. On the whole I have enjoyed her books but now find no resolution at the end. Always have to buy next book for that. Finding no satisfaction, I have decided that the money spent on these books will be better spent on other writers.

Gillian
Not happy that this is a 3 part mini series. I see no reason why that this couldn't have been all one book. It feels less like they needed the space and more of a money grab. I will probably keep reading, as I generally like the author, but I would have appreciated a full length novel.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I think this will be a diverting series to follow. I especially like the secondary characters like Jane, Caleb, and Margaret.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.
Johanna Panko
I picked up this series a while back but refused to read it because I can't seem to handle the cliffhangers this author writes. I have been reading the Eve Duncan series for quite a few years, and it's like a fine wine....just keeps getting better. I love all the characters, but Jane has been my favorite out of all of them. Her dip between Caleb and Trevor has spiked my curiosity for some time. This book doesn't disappoint but I felt like I wanted to know Janes character better because Eve is so...more
Lindsay
Well after starting this book I discovered I'm stepping into the series long into the character development. As an outsider to the Eve series, I can say there is interesting story lines happening simultaneously, but I feel I'm missing much background info (nothing that takes away from this particular story, just that there is undoubtedly a richer scope to the characters). I don't quite get why everyone is so obsessed with Eve yet. The writing style for dialog sits oddly for me, as I can't really...more
Jackie
I need to understand why the price of this "eve" novel is so expensive in ebook format.
I have read all of Iris Johansen books but am getting discourged at the pricing.
Joann
Why don't I learn that I just don't care for Iris Johansen's writing. What a waste of time. I won't look for any other titles written by her.
Cara Kelly Merrill
I liked the story line in this book, but several things bugged me. First, I know you're not supposed to end sentences with prepositions, but we all do it, and we surely do it in speaking. Therefore, having a burly, rugged character say, "I wanted to know with just what I had to contend" drives me nuts. Please! That guy is surely not going to say that...he's going to say, "I wanted to know what I had to contend with." There were a bunch of examples like that in this book, along with some draggy p...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Title: Taking Eve
Author(s): Iris Johansen
ISBN: 1-250-01998-2 / 978-1-250-01998-1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Heather
Synopsis (from bn.com):

As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished. She knows their anguish—her own beloved daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just seven years old. It is only recently that this mystery was resolved and Eve could begin her journey to peace. Now Jim Doane wants the same kind of answers that Eve always longed for. His twenty-five-year-old son may or may not be dead, and he has only burned skull f...more
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Johansen began 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 success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times b...more
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