Blood Game (Eve Duncan, #9)
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Blood Game (Eve Duncan #9)

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First comes darkness, then comes fear - Eve Duncan is back! Blockbuster New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen’s latest thriller brings Eve closer to discovering her daughter’s killer…and into a web of danger from which she may not be able to escape…

Eve Duncan returns in a thriller that pits her against the most evil mind she has ever encountered: a ruthless kill...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 2009)
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I usually adore Iris Johansen, and I've read several Eve Duncan books. However, this is a series that needs to end...probably a couple of books ago.

Johansen's writing style is still excellent, but the rehash of situations, characters and memories is worse than a long-running soap opera. Eve Duncan - hunted by what, the 20th serial killer who is drawn to her "strength" and claims to have killed her daughter, Bonnie? Conveniently, after each claim is proved false, ANOTHER serial killer pops up to...more
Deena Scintilla
I couldn't get beyond CD # 2 because it was the Bonnie obsession again which is always woven into whatever murder is happening in that particular book. Wrap up this plot, please.
Robyn Hawk

Iris Johansen has done it again...

I made the mistake of opening this book when I knew I was working under a project sucked me right in!

I was already a Johansen fan and especially an Eve Duncan (forensic sculptor) fan. What really interested me about this book was the more adult treatment of the "vampire" and "paranormal" phenomenon. Between the Twilight series and the new "True Blood" TV series it appears the paranormal is here to stay.

I like the concept of a mortal to vampire resu...more
A Train Wreck

This is my second Iris Johansen book; the first being Deadlock (which I gave two stars). I thought I would give Blood Game a chance since Johansen is apparently a bestseller and has flocks of fans. Needless to say, this will be my last Johansen book.

My first gripe (and this is more of my lack of previous Eve Duncan reading) is that there was nothing to suggest that there is paranormal psychic hoopla from the book synopsis. Paranormal stuff is not bad per say (I love urban fantasy an...more
A continuation of the Eve Duncan series. I continue to read them, though I am at the point of thinking that Johansen needs to wrap up the continuing, ever-evolving, "who is Bonnie's murderer" storyline. It is starting to be like a soap opera, in a bad way.
another not very likable book sorry to say I usually love her stuff but this was rote and not a real page turner.
I am ready to see the end of the 'Who killed Bonnie?' story line. Joe is also getting on my nerves.
This book is extremely fast paced. This book is about a Georgia senator's daughter who goes missing and is found dead and her body drained of blood. Eve goes on he hunt to catch the killer meanwhile protecting everyone she loves from ending up the same way. As the killer continues to take victims and Eve is trailing him fast he is just waiting to get to her. Waiting for the perfect moment, when she least expects it. I loved this book and the story was very exciting and I couldn't wait to find ou...more
Blood Game, the newest book in the Eve Duncan series, was a sturdy continuation of Duncan's story. In this installment, Eve Duncan has recently returned home from a grisly journey pursuing a child killer. Still desperate to bring her Bonnie home, Eve is saddened by the loss of hope involved in her latest chase and is hoping to have time to lick her wounds and soothe the rocky relationship she has with Joe Quinn. Just as things look like they couldn't get worse, Montalvo calls with a lead on anot...more
This book was much better than Quicksand. The suspense was so thick you could cut it with a knife and had me on the edge of my seat. Although I sometimes think Joe is a jerk and Eve just plain obsessive and irritating, I still really liked it; the addition of the woo-woo aspect is actually great because it adds some life to the long series. I was just about ready to give up on the series because sometimes it is so disturbing, but I can't seem to make myself stop reading them. Sometimes that inte...more
I waited and waited for this book. I added it to every wish list available to see how I could get it quicker. And well.....I'm bummed. Yes, I think that this gets us closer to the end when it comes to Bonnie, and figuring out how Eve and Joe are going to make it, but this is not nearly as good as other books in the series. Not even close!

It's a good mystery. And it brings in Megan Blair from a past book in the series. Megan's involvement and impact on Joe is by far the best thing that came out o...more
While number 14 in the series, this is actually the second Eve Duncan book I've tried - both audio-books. I have to say that I enjoyed this one a bit more than Quicksand, but I think it had more to do with my expectations, than with the book itself. The narrator (same on both) didn't bother me as much this time around because I was used to her. And I had a better idea of what to expect from the characters.

As with Quicksand, I have to say that these books are lacking a bit when it comes to the sc...more
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Eve Duncan has seen some of the most evil people imaginable through her work as a forensic sculptor and her search for the body of her long dead daughter, Bonnie. Yet now she is up against the most dangerous of criminals yet... Jelak. It will take everything Eve has to face down this latest threat.

When a senator's teenaged daughter, Nancy Jo Norris, is found murdered and drained of blood, with a stained goblet close by, they know thi...more
Zwart Raafje
Zoals Pablo Picasso de kunstwerken uit zijn Blauwe Periode, afwisselde met eerst een Roze Periode en vervolgens een Kubistische, zo heb ik zelf blijkbaar de gewoonte om in 'blokken' te lezen. Van de 'betere' (en vooral triestige) verhalen, naar de spannende boeken, om vervolgens heel veel ontspannende romans te lezen en uiteindelijk te blijven hangen bij de fantasy boeken.

Het is niet echt een bewuste keuze, maar eerder zoals je in een kledingwinkel ook onbewust naar je favoriete kleur grijpt. En...more
This is my second Iris Johansen book. I was drawn to her initially because of Pandora's Daughter's opening lines. I was creating a Creative Writing class for high school students at the time, and Johansen's opener was one of the BEST examples I'd seen in a long time. It was like a bolt of sizzling lightening flashing from heaven to my feet. When I started taking up reading voraciously again, I picked up some more of her books. I'm nearly done with TWO of her books. I'll probably copy and paste a...more
This was an advanced reading copy. It is due to be published in October 2009. The story line is quick moving and pulls you in. Even if you haven't read previous Eve Duncan novels, one can jump right in with Blood Game because I. Johansen does a spectacular job providing background about characters and their relationships throughout the current novel.

Blood Game is the newest in the Eve Duncan Forensic Thriller. It has less to do with facial reconstruction as the developement of the main character...more
I've only read a couple of Johansen's books but enjoyed them. Since I was in a reading slump I decided to pick this one up at the local grocery store. I'm very sorry I did.

I'm currently slogging my way through a book that seems engineered to take advantage of the latest "ghost hunting" fads. She even references the series! The book picks up after Eve and Joe have hunted down a serial killer. I remember vaguely from an earlier work that her daughter was kidnapped and killed an that is her motiva...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has dealt with evil killers before but Kevin Jelak is by far the worst. Jelak believes that if he consumes enough “rich” blood from strong women, he will become a vampiric god. Targeting Eve as the one woman whose blood will ensure eternal life, he leaves a goblet of blood in Eve’s refrigerator and begins playing the blood game with her. But first he must reach the proper level to receive her blood, so in the interim kills young women. When Jelak murders a Senator’s...more
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Lauren Hutkin
The first book I read this summer was the Blood Game by Iris Johansen. The novel has many different plots, the main one being about a serial killer, Kevin Jelak, who drinks the blood of women to make himself stronger. He thinks that if he gets the blood of one woman, Eve Duncan, that he will become all mighty and powerful. Eve Duncan’s daughter was killed, and her body and the murderer were never found. After her daughter’s death, Eve becomes a forensic sculptor and gets into a serious relations...more
i really want to know why she decided to go SO paranormal in this series. was eve getting too boring? did twilight convince her that she would sell more books this way?

i, for one, find it kind of irritating. again, i was glad to see megan. i HATED the dichotomy johansen portrayed though, that if you were of the paranormal type, you were crazy. like craziness is also this horrible thing. blah.

i'll admit jelak was an interesting bad guy. but it seemed too over the top and i wanted to beat them ov...more
This book has a lot going on. There's a serial killer running around, ghosts, family issues, and mysterious people with unexplained agendas.

Eve Duncan has been searching for her daughter Bonnie's killer for years, refusing to let go of the past, and determined not only to find the killer and bring him to justice, but to find Bonnie's remains and bring them home.

When a senator's daughter is found murdered, with all the blood drained from her body, and an ornate gold goblet in her hand with traces...more
Marcia Adversalo
This was an interesting book because it wasn't really a murder mystery like I thought it would be. You knew, almost from the first chapter, who the bad guy was and what he was doing and why. It threw me off at first because I'm used to trying to figure out which, among the many possibles, one is the bad guy and what his motivation or reasoning is. So this was more about the characters and how they were connecting with each other then about solving a mystery. It was interesting to see how the goo...more
Tere Fredericks
I read this one BEFORE Chasing the Night -- this is #9 of Eve Duncan, Chasing is #11 -- see how you can read out of sequence?

This one was a thinker. This one had twists and turns that were simply unforeseeable - at least to me.

One thing I loved about this book - Joe comes to understand Eve a lot better. That's all I will say.

Good book by a favorite author, with plenty to have me want to re-read this. One day I'll read them in order!
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Another great read from Johansen. I'm enjoying how she's merging two character's from different books. Eve Duncan is still looking for her daughter Bonnie's abductor and killer. Megan Blair is a psychic physician who first appeared in Pandora's Daughter, and helped Eve and Joe Quinn in the recent title Quicksand locate bodies of missing children.

Since Kistler wasn't Bonnie's abductor, now Joe is focusing on Jelak, who is murdering women and drinking their blood. He believes himself to be in the...more
This was my first and will be my last Iris Johansen book. B&N had it on their discount shelves and the synopsis looked interesting enough, so I thought I would give it a try. This review is going to be short because I have already wasted enough time on this book. The only way I could see anyone enjoying this book is if they are on an eight grade reading level.
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I’ve always liked Eve Duncan books. I like the cast of characters and what they bring to the story. This one didn’t work for me as much. It felt very repetitive (I know some information needs to be repeated for those new to the story). And I really wish the author would have stayed away from what is so huge in pop culture right now. And yes, I’m talking about vampires. And this guy wasn’t even a vampire in the traditional sense. The story gets warped around the idea of becoming a vampire just by...more
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Johansen began 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 success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times b...more
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