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Quicksand (Eve Duncan #8)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  6,711 ratings  ·  309 reviews
Do you still miss your little Bonnie? This one sentence, spoken by a male voice in an anonymous phone call, is all it takes to drag Eve Duncan right back to that horrifying moment years ago when her only daughter vanished without a trace.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 2008)
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Jennifer Wardrip
This was another really good read in the Eve Duncan series, although I still find myself getting tired of Eve on occasion. I was happy to see a reappearance of Montalvo, was a little perked up by the fact that Joe Quinn grew a new backbone in this story, and was really excited by the part that Megan Blair played in the story (see PANDORA'S DAUGHTER).

I know that Eve needs to find the body of her daughter, Bonnie, for closure. I know that she's obsessed with this task. But, sometimes, you just wan
Julie (jjmachshev)
If you have been reading the story of Eve, Joe, and Bonnie...then you MUST go NOW and get this book!! If you like romantic suspense (more suspense than romance), then you should really check out this series.

Backstory: Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor whose daughter Bonnie was apparently the victim of a child killer. Neither Bonnie's killer nor Bonnie have ever been located and Eve just can't stop searching. She needs to bring Bonnie home...but since she can't, she specializes in child skull rec
I love the Eve Duncan, Joe Quinn books. This one doesn't disappoint. have Eve and Joe finally discovered who killed Bonnie, even though the lead came from Montalvo, who wants to steal Eve away from Joe? I won't tell, but if you are a fan of these two characters, it is a must read. If you aren't, you will be after this book.
Kristina Van Hoose
Overall Rating:
1/5 This book would be better off used as a doorstop or paperweight.

Warning: Flat characters, whining, and stale plot ahead!

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I picked up this book after enjoying The Search by the same author, but reading the two stories, one would never guess they were written by the same author. Quicksand follows Eve Duncan, a forensic specialist who spends her time reconstructing bodies with wax faces in order to help iden
A very abridged summary: Years before the opening moments of Quicksand, Eve Duncan's daughter, Bonnie, was abducted and murdered. Since that time, Eve's primary interest has been trying to find her remains. So when she gets a phone call from a serial killer claiming to know where Bonnie is buried, Eve joins the search for the caller's latest captive in hopes of finding her daughter as well. Though mainly a traditional action-filled murder mystery, Quicksand also adds the element of psychic searc ...more
I really like the characters in this series. I got Quicksand after reading Stalemate, because I was left with unanswered questions. UGH! This book still didn't give me the answers, but I did enjoy having Miguel and Montalvo back in this story line. There were new characters introduced that were equally as interesting, Megan, who has psychic abilities, and Laura Ann, a spunky little girl, who is abducted by Kistle, who was named in Stalemate as the suspect who abducted Eve's daughter, Bonnie, yea ...more
My love affair with Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan series continues, although I will admit that I am becoming a bit jaded by the elaborate nests of her plots, and I suspect I should go read some other types of books for a while before continuing the series. I am fascinated by the way she keeps bringing in new characters, always with unique talents are abilities. In this one, for example, we meet Dr. Megan Blair, who is a Listener, who hears the echoes of abused and tortured children from the past, a ...more
I am a huge fan of Iris Johansen and have read all of her books but this one was a little bit of a disappointment. Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn have been the main characters in at least a half-dozen of her books and their storyline never progresses but frustratingly stays in one place. Eve Duncan is constantly (and obsessively) searching for her missing daughter who supposedly died many years ago but her body was never recovered. Eve has an overwhelming desire to bring her daughters body home even w ...more
3.5 stars. I have a really tough time watching Eve and Joe go through tough times and the erosion of their relationship. Eve is just making more and more angry with her. Joe and Montalvo were great and are developing a mutual respect.

* Miguel Vicente and his relationship with Luis Montalve
* Joe Quinn in Navy SEAL dangerous warrior mode
* Seeing Jane
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Overall, I thought that this was a great book. I felt it lagged in certain areas in the sense that it just kept going on and on. I found myself skimming those areas looking for quotation marks because I knew that a character was speaking again. The plot is very well written and although I felt it took some time to get the ball rolling, once it did, the lead up to the climax was everything and more than I expected. It was a good book with a great plot and definitely draws you in and doesn't let g ...more
Laura Ruetz
This book is better than Stalemate, its predecessor, but not by a whole lot. The writing and the characters still seem a bit off, but this is more on track. This is a faster paced novel that reads fast, and is a decent book. I did enjoy this even if it seems like it's only partially back to the Even Duncan that we love. If you have not read earlier books in the series, do not start with this one, start with earlier books so you get a better sense of the characters than this book will give you.
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Elizabeth Noah Astle
I love the Eve Duncan series. I was so happy to read that Montalvo and Miguel were in this story also (This story takes place about 4 months from the last one that introduced Montalvo and Miguel).

Joe was tracking a lead on Bonnie's possible killer, Kistle, who the name was given to from Montalvo. Kistle is a child killer. Eve finds out that Joe left for Bloomburg to get him. Kistle manages to kill the local sheriff and go on the run before he gets there. Eve like usual is mad that Joe kept this
What appealed most to me was the title of the book, 'Quicksand'. It sounded mysterious, very suitable for a thriller.

Unfortunately 'Quicksand' didn't quite meet the expectations its title set for me. The villain was horrible, but I mean that in a good way. He was so twisted, so cunning, so utterly despicable that I literally shuddered every time the story was told from his point of view. It was... disturbing, but in a good way.

It was the other characters I couldn't relate to. However hard Iris J
The author Iris Johansen writes stories that fit into the fictional suspense and crime genres. One of these books is “Quicksand”, her eighth Eve Duncan book. I was unaware that other books preceded this one when I decided to read it, but that didn’t seem to make a huge difference since it was fairly easy to catch on to what was happening in the story. It’s also the first crime book I’ve ever read, and I found it to be quite interesting.
The plot of this book is simple. There is a woman by the n
Pei Ni
Nov 19, 2013 Pei Ni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: romance
As I was reading this book, I fell in love with it. This is a series of books by the author and it is the 8th book of the Eve Duncan series. This book was a suspense and romantic thriller. I absolutely was so into this book, I could not stop reading it day and night.

This book was meant for entertainment purposes but also I feel that it was a warning to anyone. The story has a main child predator and this relates to real life because there are sick people like Kistle who want to hurt little chil
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In case I was in any danger of becoming a book snob, I read Iris Johansen’s Quicksand this weekend. Johansen’s bestselling thrillers are the epitome of popular fiction. They have little substance or intrinsic value, but they sure are entertaining.

Quicksand focuses on Johansen’s favorite heroine, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. Since the kidnapping and presumed murder of her young daughter years before, Eve has been obsessed with finding Bonnie’s body. In previous books, Eve and her boyfriend, Joe,
I haven't read Iris Johansen books in a long time; they were my go-to book back in the day when all I read was romantic suspense. Now that I'm a bit older, I thought I'd go back to the Eve Duncan series and catch up on the ones I've missed- yeah, not going to happen. At least, not right now. This book wasn't bad, just very babyish reading for my literature tastes right now. I need more happening in a novel than a gal talking to her dead daughter on the porch (which I remembered from all the prev ...more
Okay, I admit it. I'm a trashy thriller fan. I like Iris Johansen, and this book did not disappoint. It was one in a series of books focusing on Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor. It was a typical storyline for Johansen, but still a fun read. If only I had two men completely devoted to me that I had to decide between.... :P

This book continues Eve's search for the remains of her daughter, Bonnie, who died at age seven. Eve chose her profession partly as a way to try and find Bonnie, so this search
I finished this a couple days ago as I was waiting for another book I had requested at the library. Quicksand is a fast paced page turner that will increase your heartbeat. The only reason I gave a 4 star rating is because it leaves so many unanswered questions for me. I opens the door to wanting more and I might find some answers in Pandora's Daughters. I know I am not done with Eve, Joe, Montalvo, Megan and little Bonnie yet.
Thank goodness this was a fast read - otherwise I probably would have given up on it. Here are a few of my thoughts:

1. Everyone knows Eve, Joe and Jane will end up okay.

2. Why does everyone say "your so-and-so"? i.e. Your Jane, your Bonnie. This would make sense were there multiple Janes and Bonnies but there aren't. Maybe this is a Southern mannerism?

3. I felt like Miguel was clever and witty and written by a totally different writer.

4. I don't know what the loss of child means or how it affec
Michelle (meshe)
Eve Duncan is still looking for her daughter Bonnie. Bonnie disappeared when she was 7 and has never been found. Eve and Joe are on the trail of a child killer who may be the one who took Bonnie. They got his name from Montalvo as a part of his promise to Eve when she helped him to identify his wife's body. Now Montalvo has joined the hunt.
Kistle the killer who is pure evil leads Joe, Eve, Montalvo (and his side kick Miguel) to the Okefenokee Swamp and an island that has been his burial ground.
Definitely an improvement over the previous book, Pandora's Daughter. I do wish Johansen would expand on characters more, especially ones that are brought from other books. She assumes the reader has already read the prior books which will not always be the case.

I never noticed it before because I'd only read her books every now and then but after these two, and reading many others by various authors, I've really discovered how little variation there is in Johansen's characters. They're either
Amy Kauderer
This is the first Iris Johansen book I have read. I definitely enjoyed it, but I am sure that I would have gotten even more out of it if I had read the earlier books in the series. I am not saying that I was lost reading it without having read the other books, just that there was obvious backstory that would have fleshed out the characters. Now I'm off to find the early books.
Eve Duncan returned in the eighth installment in her series. In Quicksand, Eve was still reeling from Bonnie's disappearance and murder. When someone called her with an anonymous call about her daughter, it brought back horrible nightmares from the past. To take matters in her own hands, she enlisted Dr. Megan Blair to help her find her with her clairvoyant skills. Since then, she's been obsessed to find the truth about her daughter's murder for most of her life; and only this madman might know ...more
I thought this was good, but not great. It's the first Eve Duncan book I've tried. Part of the problem was probably the narrator (being an audio-book). I felt like she used some rather goofy accents, and that sometimes she put the emphasis on the wrong words, not conveying the right impression.

Aside from that, the story itself was fine (though I'm not a big "serial killer" book fan - I compromise on audio-books because my husband and I listen together). I think my other issue was with the lack
T.M. Carper
It was nice to see Megan Blair ("Pandora's Daughter") in the picture again, as well as a short visit here and there from Jane McGuire, Eve's adopted daughter.

The relationship between Joe and Eve is disolving because of Bonnie, which is very saddening, but the twist in the final pages (because of Megan's apperance) is very heartening. Montalvo and Miguel ("Stalemate") make appearances as well as the four adults try to track down Kistle, a man believed to have killed Bonnie based on Montalvo's inf
Shawnee Bowlin
Iris Johansen writes about a parent's worst nightmare! To have a child disappear is a tragedy, to spend years trying to discover if that child is alive or dead another tragedy, and then to finally know for certain that child is not only dead but had been tortured is simply something words can't describe. I thought she did very well with the story, loved the Psychic she included who finally got results, but was not so certain about the secret ability of said Psychic. Was Iris reaching here or is ...more
8/7/15: When I read this the first time I didn't know it was part of a series. I just finished reading it again and loved it! It is really a continuation of the last book (Stalemate) and I couldn't possibly have understood the characters without having read that book first. I loved the ending!

Notes: Introduction of Megan Blair, Montalvo's character continues as Eve and Joe hunt down one of three men they believe may have killed Bonnie.

6/3/13: I feel like I can relate to Iris Johansen's female ch
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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)
  • 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)
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“We're trained to believe we should cling to one person only. Yet there are so many people who pass in and out of our lives. Good people, worth people, interesting people. Most of them stay for a little while and then move on. Some of them find a place with us and, if we let them, they enrich us. Don't close yourself off from the rest of the world, Eve. If you find someone who can make you understand a little more, laugh every now and then, give you a new experience, then never feel guilty. You'll just have more to give back to those who are closest to you.” 3 likes
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