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The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,896 Ratings  ·  578 Reviews
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Iris Johansen has grown up. This is not to say that her previous novels were immature, but something has changed - for the better with this novelist, and it shows in her new romantic thriller, The Face of Deception. This is one of the most riveting reads of the year - brutal and shocking at times, but compelling enough to be accessible for the
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Published October 6th 1998 by Random House Audio (first published 1998)
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Aug 19, 2012 Deana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the laziest book I think I've ever read. The characters are dull and unbelievable, so it is next to impossible to establish a connection with them. I didn't find any of them likable, least of all Eve Duncan, a stereotypical 'strong' woman who overcomes so much. The plot might have been interesting if it were more realistic. I don't imagine a powerful man like Logan would give the reins of his hard work and devotion to Eve, who admits in the beginning to her disinterest in politics. The d ...more
Nov 06, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of the reviews were not kind to this book. One touted that it was not believable. There are parts that are a stretch to be sure. I think that's why they call it fiction. So there must have been some good reviews somewhere for me to seek out this thriller. Is mine one of them? I think this was a satisfactory read. It kept my interest, moved along quickly. Our heroine is a forensic sculptor. That in itself is what drew me. Quite amazing what a vocation such as this can produce. I just have to ...more
The first Eva Duncan book I read was book 19, so I have a lot of earlier books to go through. But, I don't mind that because I have come to love this series very much.

I liked this book very much, it was intense and interesting and I liked getting to know Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn from the beginning. The story is very interesting and I was quickly pulled into it and wanted to know more. Whose skull is it and why are people so desperate to getting it back? There came a point in the book when I tho
I find it odd that this book launched a ten plus book series with break away novels. I thought Eve Duncan was the wrong character for this first book to focus on so I can't imagine where it goes from there. She's hired to do a facial reconstruction on a skull and the entire time I was thinking 'why didn't they just go for the DNA first?' Well, they went for it second... making Eve's contribution all the more minimal. The only way she would've been useful is if the situation had been a lot less v ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I first read this book in 1999 and since then I have been following Eve Duncan’s life and her heartbreaking search for her daughter’s body, which had disappeared without a trace.

Since then I have waited anxiously for the release of each book and to date have read them so many times to remember the exact number.

The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen is one of those books that keeps you permanently on the edge of your seat and you can’t stop turning the pages to know what will happen next.

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Lynn Pribus
May 24, 2014 Lynn Pribus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I suppose it's unfair to read this book after galloping through 3 Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly, but it just didn't even start to do it for me. Really surprised it's rated so high.

I lasted maybe 15 minutes on a download. Slow-moving, tedious with in-your-face hints,clues, and statements that Something Terrible happened to heroine's young daughter, that her mother is an addict gone straight and then TA-DA! a rugged, incredibly handsome male appears.

The whole thing shrieked romance novel
Jane Stewart
May 14, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
It was ok for solving and surviving a complicated mystery, political intrigue, and danger - but not entertaining enough.

Eve was a single mother when her seven-year-old daughter Bonnie was killed by a serial killer. The body was never found which haunts Eve. Eve is one of the country’s top forensic sculptors. She reconstructs faces from skulls. Logan is a billionaire who wants to hire Eve to put a face on a skull he has. She resists until he makes a large contribution to her favorite
Aug 25, 2013 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 02, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book with forensic sculpter, Eve Duncan. Wow, what a tough lady. This woman could truly be a roll model for young women once they've finished with the Nancy Drew series.

I loved the book. I'm listening to another by Iris Johansen concurrently, almost through with that one, too. I've also ordered another one of hers from the library.

Eve grew up as a bastard child of a stoned mother. Her child was also a bastard, but led the way to both Eve and her mother getting their acts togeth
Apr 13, 2013 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Took me ages to finish this book, really I think it came down to the fact I just did not care about these characters.

Eve is a tortured "strong" woman, who constantly repeats empty mantras. "I am not a victim. Where are you Bonnie? I won't be a victim"

Logan is an arrogant jerk, and I was never satisfied with the explanation about how he got embroiled in all this.

Frankly, Fiske and Quinn were the most interesting characters and they didn't receive a decent amount of page time, IMO.

Won't bother
Jul 12, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most books, I tend to start reading them for a reason. With ‘The Face of Deception’ this was entirely down to seeing the most recent book in the series (Taking Eve) in The New York Times Best Sellers list. So I figure that the author has to be doing something good, right? As there are that many authors doing collections of books, I decided to quickly double check to see what was the book that started the authors collection and this was it.

Quickie Review
So, what can I say about this book?
Jun 04, 2013 thadine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 28, 2009 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read Iris's books when she was doing romances, liked her style particularly a series based in the West. However, this series about the forensic anthropologist trying to find her kidnapped daughter's body really gets to me. I love the way Iris has shown her Eve Duncan outgrowing her background to develop her potential, and becoming passionate about bringing all murdered children 'home' by developing the faces that go with the skulls. Excellent series.

These books are a little pricey but I don't CARE!!!
Started the second book the moment I finished the last page.
Petula Darling
Aug 29, 2012 Petula Darling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I kept thinking this was going to get better, but about 3/4 of the way through I finally gave up. The premise was ridiculous, the main character was grating and the dialog was clunky.
I enjoyed this one. This was my first Iris Johanssen book and I plan on reading any other Eve Duncan novels by her.
Oct 13, 2015 Breia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found my next series to follow! How did I wait this long?
I was looking for a new crime series to start so I really, really wanted to like this. For me, the main character must be likable and the writing should be good to have a solid series.. the writing itself is ok, a bit boring and the pace was very slow but it's ok.

Eve Duncan, however, I didn't like. I didn't root for her. I mentally found myself rolling my eyes at her constantly reminding herself and others how "strong" she was and "how she would never be a victim again." I simply didn't believe
Feb 05, 2014 Xan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much wanted to give this book 4 stars...but was barely able to give it 3. The storyline was very good, and got me through the book. Eve is hired to put a face on a skull, and the revelations throughout the book keep the surprises and suspense going up until the end. I'd give the storyline a 4, easily.

However, this is the 3rd "Eve Duncan" book I've read, and I have to give the characters a best. I want to like Eve, but she is unbelievably annoying. Perhaps it's Johansen's experience
Apr 19, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, od, 2016, april-2016
Really enjoyed this one. The author is new to me, though I have been eyeing this series for about a year, but it's hard to find it in audio, so I finally broke down and read the kindle version from the library. Kinda reminds me of the tv show Bones, with baggage, though it doesn't remind me of the Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan books. Lots of twists and turns, and you never really know how it is going to end. Really recommend this one. <><
Jan 17, 2009 Babette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I was given this book by a friend; it was not a selection I actively made. It was not a completely satisfying book. The fact that it took me over a week to complete this book is telling.
The main character was not someone I could identify with - at times I wanted to shake her. And the premise of the plot was just too far-fetched to be believable. So the book was not satisfying. But it is off my shelf now.
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
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Verna Humphrey
Sep 15, 2012 Verna Humphrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like Iris Johensens writings,wish she would write more books.
Catnip (Antonija)
It was interesting and unusual up to a half way into the book. Then the story started to stall and it became almost....comfortable. You knew what was going to happen next and I started to lose interest.

Eve is your typical troubled hero with a whole boat of luggage in her past. She meets the mysterious, brooding millionaire, Logan. Yes, he is manipulative, what a shocker, and yes, she is stubborn as a mule, again-what a shocker! They make a tiring duo who fights every time they talk and outcomes
Feb 04, 2015 Gina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a review for this book along with the second of the series, The Killing Game. *(Same review posted for both books as I read them together. I rated The Killing Game 2 stars as it is a little better.)

I read the first few books of Johansen's Eve Duncan series several years ago close to when each was first released, late 90s. I don't know that either made much of an impression except that I remembered I thought it had an interesting premise - a woman becomes a forensic sculptor years after h
Jul 09, 2015 Leona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

**Side Note:

This book would be my second exposure or debut into mystery and suspense being the primary genre. My first being Killer Instinct by Zoe Sharp from the Charlie Fox Thriller series.


The prologue blew me away! I could feel the agony that Eve Duncan was going through, especially when it was revealed the 'why' of her actions. Those four pages were what really made me curious about what the rest of the book would offer. Oh! Did I mention this is my first Iris Johansen novel? Great way to s

Amy A
Mar 21, 2012 Amy A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I starting reading this series because I saw the trilogy Eve, Quinn, and Bonnie at the bookstore and wanted to read them. Well, I decided to check on goodreads first and good thing I did because obviously I found out that these characters were part of the bigger Even Duncan series. So now I'm reading this series from the beginning. I have to say I really just knew the basics going in. Eve is a facial sculpter and has been since the abduction and death of her daughter years before. She still mour ...more
Andrea Corley
Title: The Face Of Deception
Author: Iris Johansen
Length: 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Published: June 1, 1999
Genres: Fiction; Mystery Fiction

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An unidentified skull...

A trail of terrifying secrets...

And a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth...

As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. Her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve's way of coming to terms with her personal nig
Eve Duncan found fulfillment in reconstructing retrieved skulls, looking for the lost children, always looking for her murdered, lost daughter Bonnie. But fulfillment was to change to anger, frustration, and horror when she gave in to the temptations of John Logan to reconstruct the face of a person who was supposedly still very much alive.
Apr 17, 2008 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the 'Eve Duncan' series, I thought it was a great first book.

I really liked Eve as the main character; true-to-life, you understand her completely. You feel her vulnerability as well as her strength.

I'm still not sure about Joe Quinn. I know he's supposed to be Eve's best friend, guard, savior, but I didn't like him completely. His attitude was much to be desired.

Now Logan is another character altogether. Unsure of his intentions at first, I still had this gut feeling about him, and
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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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