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The Killing Game (Eve Duncan #2)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  21,614 ratings  ·  322 reviews
A merciless killer on the innocent child in his sights...a woman driven to the edge to stop him...

The killer knows Eve Duncan all too well. He knows the pain she feels for her murdered daughter, Bonnie, whose body has never been found. He knows that as one of the nation's top forensic sculptors she'll insist on identifying the nine skeletons unearthed on a bluff
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1999)
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Rashika (is tired)

After tossing and turning all night, I decided that I would set my mind free and lower the rating to this book. The rational side of me decided to come out and point out everything that was wrong with this book and why giving this book a rating of 4 would be a horrible idea.

Yes I'll admit my main problem with this book was the romance. Before you label me as a fool who pays more attention to the romance then to the actual mystery, listen (read). You see when I picked up this s
Elizabeth Noah Astle
This is #2 in the Eve Duncan series. Eve is a forensic facial reconstruction. I read the first book which introduced Eve, Logan and Joe. This story is about Eve hiring a cadaver search team (Sarah and Monty, the dog) to search for a body that she was told about from Dom, who is stalking her.

Dom wants Eve to get closer to Jane, who he thinks is like her and to represent Bonnie her deceased child. Dom likes to toy with Eve a bit and tries to get under her skin. Joe is also in the story as his typ
Really enjoyed rereading this book, and knowing who the bad guy was, and the things that he said, yeah, that was pretty creepy! Can't wait to reread The Search, next!
Way too many cliches and to-stupid-to-live moments.
Others have mentioned the implausibility of Eve even being allowed to be involved in these cases. I agree but that doesn't actually bother me too much. What bothers me is that the police keep covering for her when she commits really terrible crimes, such as kidnapping. In a lot of books the police overlook some slight criminal activities when the hero saves the day but kidnapping? I kept getting stuck on that.
Helena Ison
Apr 24, 2012 Helena Ison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys thrillers, cat & mouse games,
*This is book 2 in the Eve Duncan Series*

If you like quick paced thriller novels you will love this one! Eve Duncan is a very strong-willed, independent woman that has a very haunting past.She spends much of her time reconstructing faces onto skulls to identify the remains, she is one of the top forensic sculptors. Her daughter was murdered, her body never found. Eve is on a mission to find her little girl while along the way falling into a world of chaos.

In the Killing Game, Eve is being stalk
Este é um daqueles livros que comprei compulsivamente numa Feira do Livro devido ao preço (penso que na altura a Gradiva estava a vendê-lo a 5 ou 2,5 euros, uma pechincha) para depois ficar uns anitos a ganhar pó na estante até que chegue o dia em que pense "Vá lá... vamos lê-lo".

Por vezes, como foi neste caso, ficamos impressionadas com a qualidade e a espectacularidade do livro. Este é simplesmente genial!

Está mesmo muito bem escrito, permitindo ao leitor deslizar pelas suas páginas como se es
Aug 18, 2013 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Robby by: Goodreads Friends
My second installment of the Eve Duncan (forensics thrillers) series; in the order it was written. Though, I have read a couple of these out of sequence. At the time I read those I had no intention of ever continuing, much less going back to the start of the series and proceeding from there. That would have been a mistake; had I not. I believe I initially stayed away from Ms. Johansen's work because I had seen several of her books on bookshelves at my mother's house. Thus I related them more to ...more
WOW I couldn't have asked for a better Mystery/Thriller/Twister! I took a chance on the first book in this series, then I had to read this one (the second) and now I am hooked on reading them all. I'm not easy to please when it comes to my mysteries. They need to hold my wandering attention, keep me guessing and then at the end slam me between the eyes with a finish I never saw coming. Well this one beat me repeatedly between the eyes! Too visual on the example? Sorry, I got carried away, I real ...more
Danielle Young
Spoiler alert!!

I loved this book so much. I am a huge fan of the Eve Duncan novels. This book is by far one of my favorites....I finally got to read the book where Eve admits her feelings for Joe and Joe stops sitting on the sidelines of Eve's life and demands to have a staring role. There is great excitement in this book and you can't help but feel for Eve as she suffers for her daughter, but you can't help but hurt for the guy who is always there for her no matter what as well. Will they ever
This is a review for this book along with the first of the series, The Face of Deception.

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 her young daughter, Bonnie, is murdered and the body is never found. Two things happened recently that made me consid
Way too many unrealistic decisions and scenarios in this one, and not much time spent exploring Eve's forensic reconstruction skills which is what attracted me to the series in the first place. I'll probably keep reading to see where the on-going plot threads lead and the author does present great plot twists, but I'm skimming more just to get through the ridiculous parts.
I could not read this book fast enough, a real page turner.
I highly recommend it.
Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants
The whining continues in this second novel about Eve Duncan.
(Bonnie Series #2) This book is about a killer coming after Eve, but in the process he's trying to kill a little girl named Jane too. Joe and Logan are back in action, fighting for Eve's affection and trying to keep both Eve and Jane safe. I enjoyed this book by Iris Johansen and especially the development of Jane's character.

While there is still some use of God's name in vain, it didn't seem like there was nearly as much as there is in some of her other books. I wish I could rewrite the books a
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I really liked this book! I didn't see the ending coming and I liked the twists and turns. I will definitely continue reading this series.

Like other reviewers, I didn't really like Joe or the romance aspect of this book either. Eve says no and he still puts the moves on her anyway. That was tacky! Joe and Logan repeatedly come across as controlling because she keeps asking them not to intervene and they do it anyway. She has two overbearing men trying to woo her so it felt a little Twilight-esq
Feb 13, 2010 Vanessa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Serial Killer Thrillers
Shelves: series, 2010-finished
I listened to the audio. The reader is pretty good, although not the best I've ever heard in the men voices dept. That being said, I almost stopped listening to it, it's that scary and disturbing. But I was hooked a few discs in and wanted to finish it and so I compromised and decided not to listen to it at night and especially not before I go to bed. Boy, it's been a long time since I've had this problem with a book!

This isn't even on my reading list; I was looking for an audio at the library,
I actually picked this up out of order, so my first introduction to Eve, Joe and Logan was a little skewed. Nevertheless, I was so intrigued by Eve, her past and her line of work that I went out and bought The Face of Deception, read that, and then re-read this book (it all had to make sense, you know).

I can't say I agree with Eve's attitude towards Joe, or her pig-headedness in some areas, but she so completely fits the mold of "heroine" that Johansen cut that it at least makes sense.

I really enjoyed the first book.

This second installment was both better and worse for me.

I enjoyed the serial killer part of the storyline. That was interesting to follow and I liked Jane.

I enjoyed the fact that Eve wasn't as blind to what was going on with Joe this book.(view spoiler) In the first one I was a bit torn. I'm supposed to believe she's perceptive enough to pick up on Logan's lies,
Amy A
This is book 2 in the Eve Duncan series. This time the killer was a lot more personal. This book dealt a lot with Eve and her past and of course Bonnie, whereas the first book The Face of Deception was sort of an introduction to the characters.

The Killing Game picks up about a year after the first book. Eve has been with Logan on his island all this time, but the discovery of a little girl's skeleton sends Joe to retrieve her and bring her back to her work. Right away Eve believes the skeleton
This book is awful. I mean really, the writing stinks. The first line is: The skeleton had been in the ground for a long time. Joe Quinn had seen enough of them to recognize that.

Well, duh. It's a freakin skeleton. Of course it's been in the ground a long time. You don't just become a skeleton overnight. Otherwise it would be a decomposing body or someone who'd recently been buried alive. And there must be plenty of skeletons in the closet where Joe Quinn lives. Because he seems to know an awfu
Andrea Corley
Title: The Killing Game
Author: Iris Johansen
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Published: August 26, 2003
Genres: Fiction; Mystery; Romantic Suspense

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A merciless killer on the innocent child in his sights...a woman driven to the edge to stop him...

The killer knows Eve Duncan all too well. He knows the pain she feels for her murdered daughter, Bonnie, whose body has never been found. He knows that as one of the nation's top forensic sculptors s
A quantum leap over its predecessor, The Face of Deception. It starts with the same characters, along with a setup that isn't very believable. But once Johansen starts the action rolling, you don't care about how ridiculous the setup is. What makes The Killing Game so much better than its predecessor is that Johansen makes both the characters and their relationships three-dimensional. The big relief is the substitution of a live child for the pile of bones Ever Duncan obsessed over ad nauseam in ...more
Nicole Smith
This was one of my "read on the elliptical" books. Sometimes I wasn't sure if my heart was racing just because of the exercise or also because of the suspense from the novel. I had many of the classic mystery novel/ serial killer elements to it. Whether from the distraction of working out at the same time or just from the writing in general, I wasn't sure who the serial killer was for quite some time - which was nice/ fun.

It was also interesting to read and think about the impact on emotions and
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Jill Bratcher
In this second book of the Eve Duncan series, the protagonist does very little facial reconstruction. Mostly she talks on her phone to a serial killer and takes unnecessary chances with her own and other's lives. (or others take unnecessary chances with their own lives). We first find Eve on a tropical island with John Logan where she has lived and worked for about a year. When remains of a young girl which could be Eve's daughter Bonnie surface (literally) after a storm ravages a remote park ar ...more
I tried a different mystery author but don't think I would bother with any more of Johansen's stuff. The story itself was pretty good - facial reconstruction artist is still searching for her daughter who was killed by a serial killer (who has confessed and was executed), but then a new serial killer comes into her life through another murder, and she must face the fact that the new serial killer is the real murder of her daughter.

A foster child enters the picture, and the artist becomes her te
Lizabeth Tucker
We visit the second in the Eve Duncan mystery series written by former romance novelist Iris Johansen. There are changes a plenty in Eve's life, from meeting a little girl as tough as Eve was herself to Joe changing his relationship from simply best friend to romantic interest.

Iris hasn't turned her back on her roots as she moves to mystery and mainstream suspense, thank heavens. I'm new to this series, but not to the author. I've read her since her early Loveswept days and thought she and Kay H
This novel starts off where the 1st ends with Logan, Eve, and Joe in this love triangle. Or is it a triangle because Eve has no idea anyone is in love with her. As far as she is concerned everyone is just a good "friend". Eve can't handle much more than that, and to be honest, doesn't want to. But this time Joe might have the advantage. He has discovered a set of child's remains that could be Bonnie. As they set off discover the identity of the remains the bones get stolen. The thief, the real k ...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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Other Books in the Series

Eve Duncan (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan, #1)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
  • Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4)
  • Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, #5)
  • 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)
The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan, #1) The Search (Eve Duncan, #3) Eve (Eve, Quinn and Bonnie #1) Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4) Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan, #11)

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