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Pandora's Daughter

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  6,950 Ratings  ·  385 Reviews
She has a gift of unspeakable power....

He must control her or destroy her....

For as long as she can remember, successful young physician Megan Blair has tried to silence the voices in her head - voices that bring her to the edge of madness and terror. Megan possesses psychic powers that have been dormant for years, hidden deep in the past she’s tried so desperately to forg
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Published October 16th 2007 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 03, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read anything by this author, and the only reason I picked this one up was because it was a group read. I didn't even read the book description so it was a big surprise to me that it was paranormal!

I wasn't sure what bookshelf to put this one, because it had elements from both romantic suspense and paranormal romance. The basic premise of the story is that there are people in the world who have other abilities that are not "normal". Some are empathic, can read minds, some can hear
May 31, 2010 CLM rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 28, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In another one of Iris Johansen's stand-alone thrillers, she took us on another hair-rising adventure of its own kind. For Dr. Megan Blair, she'd been hearing voices in her head. She tried to silence those dormant psychic powers for years, when it drove her insane and out of her mind. She couldn't forget the past, when she learned about her mother's death and trying to save her heritage. People were out to kill her, use her and also seduce her, including Neil Grady, who held the key to her futu ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Kapria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...I don't even know how to begin to write all of my frustrations with this book. I guess I'll start with my biggest number one problem. The dialogue. Some of the conversations between the characters were so irrelevant to what was actually going on. I had a hard time seeing the characters as convincing people because they were so bland and the dialogue was unbelievable. The bad guy didn't even sound like a bad guy besides the occasional "bitch" and "whore" that was spewed from his mouth, and ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen was my February commute audiobook. Megan Blair is a doctor who hears voices. These voices are actually part of a psychic power that she only just learned she has. This comes at a time that someone is trying to kill her, and she must learn to accept and prevail, or risk losing her life.

The premise of the book sounds exciting and interesting, but it fell flat. The plot progresses really slowly, and the characters are just annoying.

Megan is supposed to be a docto
Feb 21, 2012 Johanna rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-books
I liked the idea of the plot and the subject matter (re: paranormal) but felt like the story lacked suspense and overdid it with the histrionics.

Several times the author went out of the way to have a character explain things that I just didn't need to know in order to enjoy the story. The expositionary dialog felt awkward (no one ever explains themselves like the last scene of a Scooby-Doo episode). To boot, the melodramatic adverbs and theatrical blocking actually pulled me
I really tried with this book, but if I can't even pay attention to an audiobook when I'm stuck in a car with nothing else to do, I have to admit defeat.
Apr 30, 2012 Sasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2009 Tabi34 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The title intrigued me - Pandora's Daughter; I thought it would be about a woman with ties to the Greek myth. Then I read the back cover and there was danger and mystery. I had to read it. It turned out to be one of the slowest reads I've had done. It took me weeks to plow through the story.

A woman, Megan, sees her mother killed when she is a teenager. Years later she is nearly run off the road in an attempt to kill her. Her past is revealed to her and she and Neal Grady go on a quest to find t
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Amy Lignor
One of the most entertaining writers is back. Looking forward to a novel by Ms. Johansen, to me, is a lot like awaiting the next J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts tome. Engaging, fast-paced…the woman knows what she has to do to bring a reader in for the ride.

The plot: For as long as Megan Blair can remember, she has tried with all her might to silence the voices that scream inside her head. She’s toiled since childhood to ignore the strange pictures that rise up inside her mind, like demons coming forth f
Absolutely hated it. I used to really like Iris Johansen, took quite a long break from reading her books, and this was the first one I purchased when I decided to read her again. The plot sounded interesting, although I normally don't "do" books with paranormal/psychic aspects. I just couldn't get into it at all. The dialogue was extremely stiff, and the word "Lord" was used over and over again, which I didn't understand. Made me shake my head and say "Oh Lord, I need to put this down...", which ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has been the worst book I've read in ages. I'd feel like a parrot to repeat the flaws that have already been pointed out by by the other well-written reviews. In fact, it would be even furiously trite to say that yes, this book is even worse than the Twilight series. However, in the bizarrely accepted universal language of Pandora's Daughter's characters, dammit, I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna compare the two.

1. The protagonist is named Megan Blair. At least Bella Swan's name was ironic.

2. Mayb
Aug 30, 2008 Alicia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled to finish this book, as it was predictable, and the characters were poorly executed. Dialogue made me cringe and really, Johansen needs to try a little variety when it comes to swear words or leave em out because seeing "damn" or "dammit" at least once on every page was pathetic.

I've enjoyed Johansen's novels in the past, especially the Eve Duncan ones and have grown attached to Galen, Sarah, and the other supporting characters. Unfortunately, Meghan and Blair were cookie-cutter, an
Nov 09, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My aunt sent me bags of beautiful, well-kept hardcover books and this was one of the many. I was looking for something light and I got it. Far more erotically charged than I was expecting, I really enjoyed getting to know the main players who, for the most part, had some kind of psychic ability (or wanted to kill those with psychic abilities). It was gritty at times and very descriptive.

However...the author wrote "Dammit" into her characters' dialogue far too often, I guess to show frustration
Dhen Dhen
Aug 01, 2015 Dhen Dhen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This one had some really good potential...but failed to materialize them.

Johansen was able to set up ideas involving the psychic faculty of humans. She's able to introduce not-so superhuman powers but I still considered cool. But the thing is they were not expounded that much. Especially Megan's.

Despite being the main character, Megan's Listening is almost useless. I'm convinced that the author forgot all about her ability.

What's funny is Megan's squad are all Freaks(people with the psychic abil
Jan 24, 2013 Voracious_reader rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen--


I almost don't want to be bothered with writing a review because I feel like I've already wasted far too much time on this book. Basically, it's about a fifteen-year old who grows up only to discover she has psychic powers and that her mother was killed for her own psychic powers. There's plenty of gratuitous sex, violence, violence and sex together, torture, poorly crafted two-dimensional characters, unnecessary characters whose purpose still evade me
Aug 30, 2011 Minah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

this book was POORLY written. seriously.... it sounded as if a middle school kid wrote it for some thriller contest.

the story itself was good. but really.. the writing style. CHEESY AND IMMATURE. it was so cheesy that i LITERALLY felt like gagging while eating and reading. and it was so immature that i felt like i was getting dumber and dumber.

im sorry.. but please.. don't read this book unless you are in high school. (middle school writing level but there a
Cora Lein
Megan ist 15 als ihre Mutter ermordet wird. 12 Jahre später holt ihre Vergangenheit sie ein und sie muss sich ihren Ängsten stellen. Alles ist wie früher: die furchtbaren Stimmen, die immer wieder auftauchen und Neal Grady, der damals wie heute sehr anziehend wirkt …

Ich bin gut in die Geschichte riengekommen und fand den Anfang auch sehr spannend und vielversprechend. Leider flaute das ganze dann ab und auch der Schreibstil wurde immer ausgedehnter und langweiliger. Die Spannu
The Twins
Far too much unnecessary dialogue which makes it drawn out.
Apr 18, 2015 Gesil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 28, 2011 εlﻨբ ツ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
megan bi dinleyici insanların acılarını duyabiliyor.annesi bir pandora.dokunduğu kişinin yeteneğini meydana çıkarıyo.bu ndenle de cinayete kurban gidiyo.megan annesinin katilini ararken pandora olup olmadığını da bulmaya çalışıyor.degisikti.
Dr. Megan Blair has been hearing voices all her life, not realizing that she possesses a psychic gift, passed down to her by her mother, who was murdered when Megan was fifteen years old. Now the same man who had her mother killed is after Megan. Neal Grady, a man from Megan's past, shows up unexpectedly at her home, claiming he can protect her, and she can help him locate a mysterious Ledger that some very bad people are after. The Ledger is a centuries old record of people with psychic abiliti ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
there were times I LOVED this book and there were times i HATED this book. Overall this book was a great read! The characters were well developed ... liked some hated others. The beginning of the book starts slow and builds in suspense and excitement. But, i felt like there were parts of this book that were hurried or edited too much. I would have liked to experience a little more of Harley's story. We had plenty of glimpses of all the other charaters lives and choices but Harley's felt hurried ...more
Apr 13, 2014 BookNerdette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 22, 2010 Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After her mother was murdered when she was 15, Megan went to live with her uncle, and has almost completely silenced the voices she heard in her head. What Megan doesn't understand is that she is a Listener, able to hear the voices of people who have died. Until someone tries to kill her...

Neal Grady has been protecting Megan ever since the fateful nght her mother was killed. He has used his own psychic abilities to relieve the burden of the horrors Megan's gift brings her. But now he has retur
May 20, 2010 Debi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I really enjoyed the books totally. I loved the unusual paranormal part of the book..and the connection between the characters really was excellent. I did have a problem also with the pass thoughts of Grady about Megan when she was 15 like everyone else.


Megan is a doctor and was still living with Phillip(her so call uncle) which it didn't turn out to be her uncle after all and she didn't care she loved him anyways. She did feel betrayed but he love for
Just finished Pandora’s Daughter by Iris Johansen, an author I usually enjoy. Unfortunately, there is enough cheese in this particular offering to top a dozen extra large pizzas.

Dr. Megan Blair is a physician who hears “voices”. Often a sign of schizophrenia, in Megan’s case it is indicative of the fact that she is a “listener” and possesses psychic abilities much like her now deceased mother. This talent for listening is almost eclipsed by her highly developed sensual and sexual side (an extra
Joann Muszynski
Aug 14, 2009 Joann Muszynski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just could not get into this book. It sounded promising enough - and oddly familiar. Through the first couple of chapters I experienced a peculiar since of deja vú. I don't remember reading this book before, but I would swear that I have. Despite this, I kept turning the pages in anticipation.

Only to be deflated.

Pandora's Daughter, no doubt a great book, just couldn't hold my attention well enough. Bits and pieces seem to be missing, as if it's an add on to an older book, or big Brother Book,
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Goodreads Librari...: Please remove this book from the series 8 48 Jan 21, 2013 06:26PM  
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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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