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Taking Eve (Eve Duncan #16)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,572 Ratings  ·  405 Reviews
"Filled with intriguing twists and characters and an overarching mystery that will keep fans coming back."—Kirkus Reviews
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
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Published September 17th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 2013)
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Sep 27, 2013 Tanya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 26, 2013 Carla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Robin Priddy
Mar 08, 2013 Robin Priddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Oct 30, 2013 Debi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2016 Josen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-own
4.5........I really like Iris Johansen. Like Harlan Coben, she's an author I can go to without even reading the synopsis. So why it took me so long to pick up another one of her books, I don't know. For me this book is a fast read and always intriguing, as with all her books.

The protagonist is Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor, who is featured in about 20 books by Johansen. Although in this book she has been kidnapped and I think the story ends up in its own trilogy. I can't wait to read the next
Sarah Wiegman
Apr 24, 2013 Sarah Wiegman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Seride potansiyel olsada ilk kitaptan başlamamanın azizliğine uğramış.Kitabı okudum ama kafamda o kadar çok soru işareti oluştu ki anlatamam.Joe ile ilk kitaptan beri mi sevgililer yoksa seri ilerledikçe mi tanıştılar.Eve'in kızı seri ilk başladığından beri mi ölü yoksa onunda nasıl öldüğünün bir kitabı varmı.Jane ne zaman ve nasıl evlat edinildi.Başından ne gibi olaylar geçti.Jane ve Caleb nasıl tanıştı.Caleb tam olarak kim.Kitabın sonuda çok havada bitti ya.Sanki sayfayı çevirsen devamına ulaş ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Kerri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2015 Esra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bilmiyorum ama kitap serinin 16. kitabı olduğu için ve biz diğer kitapları okuyamadığımız için sönük gelmiştir bana.
Apr 23, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2013 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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I guess I've been out of it for a while. When I finally came up for air, away from my erotica porn and reviews, I noticed some of my go-to authors have written and published several books. Has it really been two years where I've basically read non-stop porn? I guess so.

Taking Eve is a new 3 part arc and I didn't know where it would go. I mean, we already hit the end game, right? We know all about Bonnie and who killed her. Bonnie should be happily resting in the ever beyond. Not so. Now, there i
Alasandra Alawine
Doane (aka Relling) blames General John Tarther and Zander for the death of his son, Kevin, and has set out to get revenge. With the help of Blick he poisons Jane's dog Toby and prevents her from coming to visit Eve. Instead Jane take Toby to Summer Island where with the help of Margaret's special gift Toby is cured. Before Jane can leave the island she is shot.

Bonnie sends Ben Hudson to warn Eve, but when news of Jane's shooting reaches Eve she leaves the safety of the cabin to go to Jane's sid
Marsha Spohn
Jan 30, 2015 Marsha Spohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evil rarely wears a twisted, ugly face. Why give itself away too soon?

A kind, helpful face is not always what it appears to be either – evil can be found behind any face.

James Doane is not at all what he seems. He shows an extraordinarily jovial, kind face to the world. What he plans to do makes a mockery of that face.

Eve Duncan has spent years tracking down the man who kidnapped and killed her 5 year old daughter, Bonnie. At long last, Bonnie’s killer has been dealt what he deserves.

Eve continu
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
May 01, 2013 Audrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Apr 21, 2013 Brianna Elsass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-light-reads
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.
Micky Cox
Feb 12, 2015 Micky Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition to the Eve Duncan series. I am thrilled to report that this book kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. I'm thrilled to see that the finding of Bonnie a couple of books ago has not affected the series, rather it has opened new avenues of danger, intrigue and suspense. The only complaint that I have is that in order to finish this story, I have to wait to get the next book from the library! This story line made my heart race and the visceral reaction that I ha ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve Duncan is kidnapped by Doane. He has the burned skull of his dead son and he wants it reconstructed......That is not all he wants. He has a massive plan to kill people involved with his son's death and Eve is going to be a participant. There doesn't seem to be a reason for her participation other than the reconstruction but all will be revealed at the end of the book.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the CIA agent Venerble (?sp I listen to audiobooks) certainly doesn't seem to
May 14, 2013 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
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.

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.
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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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