The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan #1)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
However, this is the 3rd "Eve Duncan" book I've read, and I have to give the characters a 1...at best. I want to like Eve, but she is unbelievably annoying. Perhaps it's Johansen's experience ...more
So, what can I say about this book? ...more
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.
I LOVED THIS.
TONS OF SUSPENSE AND CRAZY TWISTS!!!
These books are a little pricey but I don't CARE!!!
Started the second book the moment I finished the last page.
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...more
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 ...more
As the first book in the series, we begin to see the background of Eve Duncan and the beginning of her relationship with billionaire ...more
Forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan, is approached by John Logan (the millionaire) to reconstruct a skull. Eve is hesitant, but one Logan offers a huge donation to Eve's favorite charity, she agrees. What she doesn't know is that discovering the identity of the skull with rock the US government and bring down some very powerful politicians... and they will go a long way to protect their secret... even to the death.
Quick entertaining read. Good characterization. Byzantin ...more
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 ...more
What part of the country would ever allow someone to play with bones in their low security garage? Even the most remote, money-strapped jurisdictions and small towns have to have standards. I expected something more intelligent along the lines of Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, but this is not it.
So early on in the book, this low-security garage where the main character plays with human remains gets broken into... surprise, surpri ...more
- Rebecca H.
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Eve, a single mother whose seven-year-old daughter Bonnie was killed by a serial killer and body was never found. Eve is one of the country’s top forensic sculptors. Logan is a billionaire who wants to hire Eve to put a face on a skull he has. The mission is dangerous and deadly but Eve is unable to back out because of conse ...more