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Blood Game (Eve Duncan #9)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  8,682 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 2009)
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Dec 02, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok
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
3.5 stars. There were elements that I really liked in this book, like the logical, practical Joe Quinn being in turmoil. BUT the moaning about Bonnie over and over in each book is getting old. I don't blame Joe for being tired of Eve depressed over Bonnie, I am too. Now, Eve is entitled to miss her and be sad, but the obsession and one track mind thing is truly getting old. How many times do we have to hear about the Bugs Bunny t-shirt that Bonnie is wearing and it's her favorite shirt that she ...more
Robyn Hawk
Aug 26, 2009 Robyn Hawk rated it really liked it
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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
Deena Scintilla
Nov 10, 2009 Deena Scintilla rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 15, 2009 Linda rated it liked it
I am ready to see the end of the 'Who killed Bonnie?' story line. Joe is also getting on my nerves.
Aug 14, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it
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Blood Game: An Eve Duncan (An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller)
By Iris Johansen

St. Martin's Press
May 2010

An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller ~

Eve is concerned over her relationship with lover Joe Quinn. Joe has been distracted and often curt with Eve. He has told her that he doesn’t intend to help her look for her daughter’s killer, but there is another crazed killer in the area, and he has his sights set on Eve. This man, Kevin Jelak, is also on Eve’s short
Aug 30, 2009 J.C. rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009-reads, arc
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
Feb 09, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
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Oct 26, 2009 PastAllReason rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-2009
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.
Oct 23, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok
another not very likable book sorry to say I usually love her stuff but this was rote and not a real page turner.
Maggie Shanley
Oct 30, 2016 Maggie Shanley rated it liked it
Paranormal suspense featuring Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. I get the feeling that Iris will never let Eve find Bonnie (they weren't looking in this one) and now to keep the mystery going without exhausting her audience, she adds in the woo woo stuff. I get mad at Iris when I read these books now.
Mar 02, 2012 Martip rated it liked it
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
Zwart Raafje
Oct 04, 2013 Zwart Raafje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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
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A CK2S K2 Recommended Read!

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
Rachael Uponen
Jun 24, 2016 Rachael Uponen rated it liked it
I'm going to try and be a little more serious about this review.

This was the first book in the Eve Duncan series that I read, and again, I'm probably biased because of that; however, I did find this to be one of Johansen's better novels. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker (hahahahaHA) for vampires. Especially in a less, well vampire-y setting.

I was drawn into Eve's story almost immediately, and was honestly more interested in reading about her hunt for Bonnie's killer than I was in Eve's profession
Silvia Marcaurelio
Ho comprato questo libro per caso, in una libreria dell’usato. Mi sono accorta nel leggerlo che era un seguito di qualcosa d’altro. In effetti ci sono parecchi richiami a qualche capitolo precedente, di cui non se ne sa l’esistenza, almeno sul libro stesso. Cercando qui e là su internet, ho scoperto che è un’autrice molto prolifica (almeno nel suo paese), e che questo è, forse, il quarto o quinto libro della serie di Eve Duncan. La protagonista come dicevo, è Eve Duncan e nel corso della storia, ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Brit rated it liked it
This is the first Eve Duncan book that I've read, so I'm sure my view of this book is different than someone who has read the previous books. Also I listened to it on audiobook.

Eve Duncan has become the target of a serial killer who is performing ritual killings in order to become a vampire, at least that what he thinks. Her detective boyfriend, Joe Quinn, finds out that he has some new found psychic abilities thanks to an event that I'm assuming took place in the previous book. When a senator'
Nov 29, 2009 Laurie rated it liked it
Shelves: iris-johansen
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
Barbara ★
Somehow I skipped this book while reading this series. I always wondered where Seth Caleb entered the story and when Eve finally realized Bonnie was a ghost and not a dream.

I liked the serial killer angle too. Not that he was murdering people but how it was handled by Eve, Jane, Joe and Caleb.
Aug 06, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2009 Gwen rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2015 Tarick rated it liked it
Book Review on "The Blood Game"

In the Blood Game, Iris Johansen tells us another story on how Eve Duncan defeats a crazy killer that thinks he is a vampire. The story starts out when Eve and her boyfriend Joe Quinn come back from an island that has been discovered to be filled with dead children. When they get back to their home, they realize that a new criminal is hunting Eve down. Later on in the story Eve's adopted daughter, Jane comes to visit her from London. When the killer knows Jane com
Feb 02, 2010 John added it
I have not read as many Eve Duncan books as the reviewer ahead of me so I haven't gotten quite as cynical yet.
But I did have some serious issues/kudos with the story in blood game.
1. Joe - if the whole Bonnie thing bugs you so much (50% of his part of the book is him whining abut it) then walk away and put
us out of your misery!
2. I like the fact that Johansen did not clearly say that they crazy cult/serial kiler hunter was actually a vampire. But she left
enough on the table that those of
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Sep 07, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it
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
Jul 01, 2012 Lilian rated it liked it
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May 18, 2010 Buck rated it did not like it
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
Lauren Hutkin
Aug 25, 2013 Lauren Hutkin rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2009 stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: trashythrillers, 2009
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
Apr 27, 2011 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
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
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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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  • The Killing Game (Eve Duncan, #2)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
  • Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4)
  • Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, #5)
  • Countdown (Eve Duncan, #6)
  • Stalemate (Eve Duncan, #7)
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