Eight Days To Live, the next installment in the Eve Duncan series, takes a step back from the tale of Eve and Joe and focuses on a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase involving Jane Macguire, their daughter. Jane is being focused on in an art show in Paris when her friend and gallery owner Celine is brutally murdered. A personal threat is delivered to Jane the same evening and only the appearance of her old friend Jock Gavin keeps her safe. With a little investigation, Jane discovers than an ancient cult is targeting her for a blasphemy that they feel she commited when she painted a particular painting that was on display. This group is incredibly powerful and will stop at no costs to kill Jane and those she loves as a punishment to her unless she can defeat them first.
This novel was a wonderful addition to the Eve Duncan series. Johansen takes the focus off of Eve and Joe for the first time in several books and it is a welcome distraction from their storyline which was beginning to feel a bit tiresome at best. Jane Maguire, their adopted daughter, is our leading lady and she is a terrific character. Both strong and beautiful, Jane is a well-rounded young woman who radiates power. Her relationships with the people surrounding her are honest and intelligent making her intriguing at all times. The supporting cast to this lovely heroine was fantastic as well. Some of our old favorites from previous books, namely Jock Gavin, Seth Caleb and our Laird MacDuff, are all present and accounted for to rally around Jane in her time of need. Visiting with these characters was like meeting old friends for a much-needed cup of coffee. They are engaging and charismatic driving the fast-paced plot with ease. A variety of locations make the settings in this book fun and the twists in the plot leave a reader guessing until a volatile climax at the end which is more than satisfying. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to fans of Johansen's series with the disclaimer that Johansen is back to her old form with this engaging read!