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The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  15,104 ratings  ·  501 reviews
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 nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accepts work from
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Published (first published 1998)
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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
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
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
Lynn Pribus
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
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
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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
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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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
Petula Darling
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 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
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?
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.
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.
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
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These books are a little pricey but I don't CARE!!!
Started the second book the moment I finished the last page.
I enjoyed this one. This was my first Iris Johanssen book and I plan on reading any other Eve Duncan novels by her.
Verna Humphrey
I really like Iris Johensens writings,wish she would write more books.
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

**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
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.
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
The Face of Deception is Iris Johansen's first book in her Eve Duncan series. I think I first read it over 10 years ago, and wanted to re-read it. I really enjoy reading Johansen's books - the story is easy to follow, the characters are likeable, and it is generally a quick read with a lot of dialogue between the characters and descriptions short and to the point.

As the first book in the series, we begin to see the background of Eve Duncan and the beginning of her relationship with billionaire
Gail Mchugh
Well OMG!!
I cannot stomach this woman. Eve Duncan is a nasty woman. She is overbearing, rude, churlish, brusque and just plain nasty. I do not know how anyone could stand the woman. Ms. Johansen has made Eve so unlikeable it is hard to finish the book. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who feels she must finish. Also I am so sorry I read the positive reviews and believed them. I purchased a few more books in the series and cannot imagine myself starting them. I so wanted to love this chara
Just BAD. I listened to the novel as an audiobook and thought my annoyance with the narrator may have been at least part of the problem, but as I've read some of the more negative reviews, I don't think that was the issue. None of the characters was likable in the least....just a cross between gruff and bitchy. There's a line toward the end where Eve talks about not having a sense of humor "right now" - no one in the book has much of a sense of humor ever. I was less bothered by the credibility ...more
Trevor Allen
Johansen’s The Face of Deception captivated me with its wild plot. This is a great book that follows the many dangers and difficulties of uncovering the truth.

The Face of Deception by Iris Johanson is full of deception and conspiracy. Eve Duncan, one of the top forensic sculptors in the United States, uses her job as a means of coping with her daughter's death. She reconstructs the skulls of missing or murdered children, hoping that her work will help the families get the closure that Eve never
Book 1 of the Eve Duncan series.

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
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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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