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Blind Alley (Eve Duncan #5)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  9,859 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Firestorm, Iris Johansen, returns with a psychological thriller so terrifying, so relentlessly paced, it won’t leave you time to catch your breath before the next shock comes. A forensic sculptor is locked in a deadly duel with a serial killer determined to destroy her—one life at a time.

Eve Duncan’s job is to put a face on the face
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published (first published 2004)
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Dec 30, 2008 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, fiction
Characters are completely unrealistic. The plot is full of holes and also completely unrealistic. And the most annoying part of this is that the author seems to think, or pretends, that the story and characters are perfectly plausible.

I would not recommend this book.
Phani Tholeti
May 08, 2011 Phani Tholeti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen and beginners
Shelves: teenage
A 17 year old who is worse risk taker than a pro-gambler, and is yet mature than both her around-30 yr old foster parents. A mature teenager is fine, but a super-teen?? This is more in the Hardy boys/Nancy Drew lines. And why even call it a "forensic" mystery? All the forensics that was seen in the entire story is just two facial reconstructions, which could have been just anything else, maybe photos dropped at the crime scene would have served as well, the forensic part was kind of forced into ...more
Cj W
Dec 26, 2011 Cj W rated it liked it
Eve Duncan. She's lost a child. Not just lost, but the daughter was taken from her, kidnapped. And has never been found, and for any Mother, that is the most horrifying thing to ever imagine.

She finds ways to deal with her pain.
She becomes a forensic artist.
Using clay and skill to give faceless victims, their faces back. Giving hope to the victims survivors, and bringing the wrongdoer to justice.

She also has taken in a teenager. One who's past is fraught with despair and neglect. She has com
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Scott Rhee
Iris Johansen's "Blind Alley" is the 24th book in her series featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, but it's the first one I've read. Duncan basically works for the police, who bring her bodies that are unrecognizable due to decay. Her job is to "reconstruct" the faces of the victims, so that the police can have a picture to work with. Apparently, this is an actual forensic science. In "Blind Alley", Eve's husband (a cop, of course) recruits her to reconstruct a body in a case he's working on. ...more
Jill Bratcher
This is the third Eve Duncan book I've read. While I read it just as fast as the others I didn't think I enjoyed it quite as much.

I don't think the problem was entirely that the focus was on her adopted daughter Jane, but it just didn't captivate me I the same way. I liked it okay - not saying I didn't; it was just different.

This one was set several years after the others; Jane is 17, a licensed driver, thinking about the direction her life will take - and having nightmares that may or may not
Jul 20, 2011 Leann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Johansen and Eve Duncan Fans, Mystry fans
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I read Blind Alley, which is the fifth book in the Eve Duncan series after reading book six, Countdown. Of course that was a fantastic idea . Either way, I wouldn't recommend it as this leaves you with a lot of spoilers for Blind Alley.

If you can set aside the complete unrealism that surrounds the story, it is actually quite an entertaining read. I read it a few years ago when I went to one of my suspense-phases in which I would read a
Amy Burns
I thought this book was just okay.
It was definitely not my favorite in this series.

I give it a C.

Here is how I rate my books:
A+ - Awesome book - couldn't put it down.
A - Really good book - would read it again and again.
B+ - Good book - would maybe read it again.
B - Good book - wouldn't read it again.
C - Okay book - would definitely never read it again.
F - Worst book EVER.
Nov 30, 2015 Breia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I liked the plot but it was extremely unrealistic - not that I am looking for true crime but this was not plausible and I had a hard time linking the characters together.

And Jane and Trevor - That's not something I'm interested in. Yikes.
Kristy Orr
I may have to give this series a break. The characters are getting on my nerves. Eve needs to let shit go. Joe's got probs. Jane just doesn't fit a 17 year old and I know she's gone through a lot but still it is too far fetched for me.
Oct 21, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blind Alley: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller is a book I found via the online public library, so I went into it not realizing it was part of a series. It made some sense despite that, though; Ms. Johansen made this book stand alone fairly well.

Jane and Trevor are interesting characters. I did feel that Jane warmed up to Trevor too easily, but when you remind yourself that the grown-up-seeming Jane is actually still a teenager, it makes enough sense. Jane displays a nice duality: she’s mature en
Danielle Young
I am a huge fan of the Eve Duncan series, and I have read just about every book in the series. Granted out of order, but I have read them. What I love about the series is the consistency. The consistency of the characters, the action, suspense and the over all ride. But I am sad to say that I did not find this book very consistent.

Oh, it was consistent in the fact that it delivered suspense and an all around decent ride. The thing that had me seething was the inconsistency with the characters.
Blind Alley, by Iris Johansen (06-22-14, three stars)

Another serial killer crawls into Eve Duncan’s life, and this one strikes a very personal note. Eve, now recognized as a famous forensic reconstructionist, is asked by her policeman husband to drop everything to work on a new skull, from the body of a young woman whose face had been removed by the killers knife. When she reconstructs the girl’s facial features, she is shocked to discover an uncanny resemblance to her own adopted daughter. The
Jan 18, 2012 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve Duncan’s job is to put a face on the faceless victims of violent crimes. Her work not only comforts their survivors—but helps catch their killers. But there is another, more personal reason that Eve Duncan is driven to do the kind of work she does—a dark nightmare from a past she can never bury. And as she works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, that past is about to return all over again.

The victim is a Jane Doe found murdered, her face erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed
Mar 06, 2015 Shamoiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't believe I've read this book at least twenty times, I believe I jumped into it and lived through every character in twenty different lifetimes. I feel the haunting pain Eve still feels ten years later, after loosing Bonnie; I embrace the defiant and keen mind set of Jane and taken aback by the sultry, raw almost vulgar passion of Cira. I'm seduced by the handsome, cunning, knowledgeable Trevor and the humble and observant yet lethal Joe; annoyed but fascinated by the psychotic mind of Ald ...more
Jan 01, 2015 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I really, really love Eve's adopted daughter, Jane. And since this book (and the next) focus on Jane's adventures rather than on Eve or any of Eve's friends... WIN!

This one, though - it was perhaps one of the scarier ones in the series thus far, because it concerns a killer that is targeting 17-year-old Jane MacGuire, not either Eve or Joe.

It was a little unrealistic though, I will admit, because Jane is - as some other reviewers have pointed out - a "super teen." She's not only tough a
Mar 22, 2009 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first Iris Johansen novel I've ever read. The story was okay but felt this author lacked something? Couldn't quite put my finger on it.

From back cover:

"Her job is to put a face on the victims of violent crimes. But as forensic sculptor Eve Duncan works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, she's about to get the shock of her life. The murdered Jane Doe's face has been erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed her wasn't trying to hide her identity. The plan is far more horri
Dec 07, 2015 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I'm not entirely sure why we reference these books as "Eve Duncan" series. This book does include Eve, again as more of a supporting character rather than the lead.

That being said, this story is Jane's. Jane has grown and is now seventeen years old, and wise beyond her years. When a serial murderer "Aldo" sets his sites on Jane, Eve and Joe are, of course, on the job to keep Jane safe with the help of Mr. Barlett and Mark Trevor.

I would consider this book, overall, to be a romantic susp
Jun 21, 2015 Alysha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of this series and for the most part, have enjoyed it. I looked forward to reading more about Eve's adopted daughter, Jane. However, this book was difficult to finish. The only reason I did was to figure out some of the historical references mentioned in the books later in the series.

Jane was portrayed as vacillating between a whiny brat and a manipulative b*tch. I understand that Cira played a part in this portrayal, but it made me wish that Eve and Joe would act like her fre
Dec 12, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book out at the library and after adding it to my currently reading shelf I checked out the reviews. I was a little worried after reading the reviews that it was going to be a bad book. Since I already had it, I thought I would give it a try. I actually enjoyed this book. It hints at reincarnation which I don't believe in. There are some unrealistic events in the book which ruined the book for some people but I looked at it as good entertainment. I enjoyed the story and the charac ...more
Khandoba Salunkhe
Let me start by telling that I liked the story. With all its pros and cons it is really engrossing plot. Johansen is great with twists and turns to keep readers engulfed.
Well, that's just the story. Character buildup is not okay. Jane Macguire is a girl of seventeen who has maturity of woman and sounds more mature than her adoptive mother. Trevor who is conman with conscience. Aldo, the psychopath who is wealthy and slick enough to roam the whole world. Just doesn't feel right. And the unexplain
Forensic Sculptor Eve Duncan is shocked to see the face she has reconstructed on a murder victim is the face of her 17-year-old adopted daughter. A serial killer has moved through Europe and the USA, killing women who resemble a statue of a woman killed during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Scotland Yard's Mark Trevor has been sent to help find him. Eve doesn't trust him, but Jane believes he can help find the killer before the killer targets her.

I thought the first part of the book was interesti
Christina T
Although this book is advertised an Eve Duncan book this book is mainly about Jane her foster daughter. The book starts off with a bang but then among the history of a 2000 year old death it loses something along the way. A crazed killer is killing all women who resemble this 2000 year old dead woman and Jane happens to look like her. At one point I thought it would have some sort of big explosive climax but kind of left the reader hanging. Yes, the bad guy bit it, yes the good guys won but ther ...more
Honestly I didn't think this book in the series was one of the best. I didn't think it really measured up to the others I've read before it. However, it was a pretty good mystery just the same and I did have to finish it to find out what happened. One thing I have noticed in my journey through this series is that some of the phrases Johansen uses annoy me a little. They seem dated. But the stories are generally great and the twist at the end is what I love in a good mystery, so I've made it my m ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Patsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her job is to put a face on the victims of violent crimes. But as forensic sculptor Eve Duncan works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, she's about to get the shock of her life. The murdered Jane Doe's face has been erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed her wasn't trying to hide her identity. The plan is far more horrifying. For as Eve's skilled hands reveal the murdered girl's face, she recognizes someone she knows all too well. Someone who isn't dead. Yet.

To stop this twisted p
SheriC (Portable Magic)
Slowly working my way through all the random books I've acquired. This one has been on my bookshelf for years, and don't remember the circumstances under which I acquired it. I usually give every book 50 pages (bound) or 20 minutes (audio), but gave it up when I started skipping paragraphs on p. 30. This is an example of why I try to stay away from endless romance/mystery/thriller series that feature a main character. The 30 pages I read were almost entirely exposition, catching the reader up on ...more
joyce lynn
Dec 21, 2007 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what can i say about Iris Johansen that i haven't already said? as usual, another really GREAATTT twisted thriller!

of course, when you're alone in a 150+ year old house, w/ some nutcase (heavy breather) that keeps calling you every hour thru the nite, this book might not exactly be the best one to ally any fears you have of being attacked in the nite!!! 8^)

only complaint i have, is how quickly they jumped in time between the previous book in this series, and this one. the character that was focu
Laurel Murphy
May 13, 2015 Laurel Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I loved this book and cannot wait to read the other installments to find out what happens between Trevor and Jane. It is like a forbidden romance because of their age difference. I am not sure how I feel about it because of the age difference but at the same time Iris Johansen is able to portray the delicacy of their romance and make small little steps in it. It has been a while since I have felt that feeling you get when all you can think about is finding out the ending of a book. That is all y ...more
Kat Klein
The primary characters in this book are Jane, Eve's adopted daughter, and Trevor, rather than Eve and Quinn. Jane is being stalked by a serial killer, due to her resemblance to a woman who died 2,000 years ago.

Aside from the dialogue, which is an ongoing problem for me, I also have problems with the premise of this book. Not just that Eve's new daughter is once again the target of a serial killer, but that a serial killer is running around targeting women all over the world due to their resembla
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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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Other Books in the Series

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)
  • Countdown (Eve Duncan, #6)
  • Stalemate (Eve Duncan, #7)
  • Quicksand (Eve Duncan, #8)
  • Blood Game (Eve Duncan, #9)
  • Eight Days To Live (Eve Duncan, #10)
  • Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan, #11; Catherine Ling, #1)

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