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Blind Alley (Eve Duncan #5)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  7,749 ratings  ·  207 reviews

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
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Bantam Books (first published 2004)
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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 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
I wrote a previous review but it may have self destructed because it was done as in progress comment or was done as review & complete. I only see my comment from earlier in the book. So here's my review--- I cannot finish this book. I got to page 100, and the agony of bland detail with no description is too much to bear. There is nothing to entice, or cause me to think or drive me to finish. Normally I finish every book, good or not so good. I cannot finish this book.
My apologies for being n
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
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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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
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.
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
Jul 25, 2011 Leann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Johansen and Eve Duncan Fans, Mystry fans
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Cj W
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
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
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
I saw the reviews of this book, and thought I would have to read it myself and have an opinion.I have read Stalemate ,which is an Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller.And I love that her books are different from what I always read.Obviously she can't be another Kathy Reichs but Iris books just keep you drawn in.Hopefully I get to find Countdown in the library,I want to know if anything ever happened between Trevor and Jane MacGuire.
I love thrills, in real life and in the books I choose to read. Iris Johansen is absolutely brilliant. I immediately identified with Jane and Eve, two fabulously independent women, but I feel that Trevor is the real protagonist here. He pushes the Duncan family at every turn, at times playing the Devil's advocate, at times the perfect antihero. It was dramatic enough to not be a dull read, but never too cryptic that I was in the dark completely. I look forward to more in this series - a wondrous ...more
I had to give up on this book. I got about a third of the way through it and just couldn't take it any more. It was very melodramatic, the dialogue was stilted and my worst pet peeve - the author kept telling the reader how smart, mature, wonderful, etc the characters were without letting the story prove it. Jane, the teenage character, was incredibly unbelievable.
J.E. Thompson
The tension kept me gritting my teeth, sometimes rooting for the protagonist's wisdom, sometimes yelling at her not to be so stupid. Couldn't wait to get to the end to find out if it all worked out, and then got bummed because it was all over. But knowing there are more books in the series gives me hope of being reunited with these characters.
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
Sheri C
Jun 30, 2013 Sheri C marked it as abandoned
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
Pr Latta
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Another Eve Duncan novel this time featuring her adopted daughter Jane MacGuire who is being stalked by a madman who is trying to eliminate the world of the face of a 2000 year old actress who died at Vesuvius.
This is the first book I have ever read of Iris Johansen. Did not realize that there were so many books in the Eve Duncan series. It was an ok read, but not sure if I will try another book out of this series.
I couldn't catch on to this book for the first thirty pages. Then I realized that it the fifth book in a series--well no wonder! My favorite character is Eve, who reconstructs faces. There were some mystical elements to this plot that seemed contrived--Eve's conversation with the ghost of her daughter and the dreams of Jane that seem to be playing out in real life. Trevor is weird--first you think he is the serial killer and you just can't figure him out. I liked the part set in Italy. I was lef ...more
Evi Rodriguez
I think I'm reading too many of the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen back to back. I enjoyed the previous books in the series but this book was a little too out there for me. It took me for ever to finish considering it was only 197 pages in the ebook edition. I think the author wanted to make the Jane character strong, independent and mature for her age, but in my eyes it comes off as unbelievable. I just didn't buy it. And the Trevor character falling for a teenager, is a bit creepy for me. ...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
joyce lynn
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
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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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