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The Face of Deception

(Eve Duncan #1)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  21,490 ratings  ·  791 reviews
An unidentified skull...

A trail of terrifying secrets...

And a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth...

As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. Her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve's way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accepts work from
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published 1999 by Coronet (first published October 6th 1998)
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Jaksen Try Ruth Rendell's Reginald Wexford series; PD James' Adam Dalgliesh series; or Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series. Also, Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge…moreTry Ruth Rendell's Reginald Wexford series; PD James' Adam Dalgliesh series; or Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series. Also, Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge series, or anything by Agatha Christie.

James can be the most 'weighty' reader of these, she's really a literary mystery writer. There may be 'sexual' elements here and there but in these books there is very little profanity, and if there is, the 'bad guys' are doing it. The MC's are upstanding men and women. (less)

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Diane Wallace
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good series! lovely storyline with a decent mystery,very suspenseful and it involves awesome characters that was also well written (paperback!)
Deana
Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is the laziest book I think I've ever read. The characters are dull and unbelievable, so it is next to impossible to establish a connection with them. I didn't find any of them likable, least of all Eve Duncan, a stereotypical 'strong' woman who overcomes so much. The plot might have been interesting if it were more realistic. I don't imagine a powerful man like Logan would give the reins of his hard work and devotion to Eve, who admits in the beginning to her disinterest in politics. The d ...more
Janie Johnson
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I chose this book for my Month of Mystery because it is another book of a very long series in which I have been collection the books, but not reading them. So I thought it about time to pick up the first book and get started on knocking some of these out.

Synopsis
An unidentified skull...

A trail of terrifying secrets...

And a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth...

As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. Her own daughter murdered and her bo
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Lucy
I find it odd that this book launched a ten plus book series with break away novels. I thought Eve Duncan was the wrong character for this first book to focus on so I can't imagine where it goes from there. She's hired to do a facial reconstruction on a skull and the entire time I was thinking 'why didn't they just go for the DNA first?' Well, they went for it second... making Eve's contribution all the more minimal. The only way she would've been useful is if the situation had been a lot less v ...more
Linda
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Many of the reviews were not kind to this book. One touted that it was not believable. There are parts that are a stretch to be sure. I think that's why they call it fiction. So there must have been some good reviews somewhere for me to seek out this thriller. Is mine one of them? I think this was a satisfactory read. It kept my interest, moved along quickly. Our heroine is a forensic sculptor. That in itself is what drew me. Quite amazing what a vocation such as this can produce. I just have to ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I first read this book in 1999 and since then I have been following Eve Duncan’s life and her heartbreaking search for her daughter’s body, which had disappeared without a trace.

Since then I have waited anxiously for the release of each book and to date have read them so many times to remember the exact number.

The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen is one of those books that keeps you permanently on the edge of your seat and you can’t stop turning the pages to know what will happen next.

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Ashley Daviau
I thought the idea of this story was SO interesting but it kind of fell flat in some places and left me a little disappointed. I did enjoy it nonetheless but it could have been SO much more. I was totally drawn in by the work Eve does, I found it absolutely fascinating and that’s what made this book for me, I just had to read more about what she did. I thought the story was interesting as well but after awhile it became predictable and it felt like it was going in circles before coming to the ob ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The first Eva Duncan book I read was book 19, so I have a lot of earlier books to go through. But, I don't mind that because I have come to love this series very much.

I liked this book very much, it was intense and interesting and I liked getting to know Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn from the beginning. The story is very interesting and I was quickly pulled into it and wanted to know more. Whose skull is it and why are people so desperate to getting it back? There came a point in the book when I tho
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Lynn Pribus
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I suppose it's unfair to read this book after galloping through 3 Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly, but it just didn't even start to do it for me. Really surprised it's rated so high.

I lasted maybe 15 minutes on a download. Slow-moving, tedious with in-your-face hints,clues, and statements that Something Terrible happened to heroine's young daughter, that her mother is an addict gone straight and then TA-DA! a rugged, incredibly handsome male appears.

The whole thing shrieked romance novel
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Cheri
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
New series for me and off to a good start :)
Ingrid
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a little slow at times, but it was OK to read.
Shannon
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jenn
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Took me ages to finish this book, really I think it came down to the fact I just did not care about these characters.

Eve is a tortured "strong" woman, who constantly repeats empty mantras. "I am not a victim. Where are you Bonnie? I won't be a victim"

Logan is an arrogant jerk, and I was never satisfied with the explanation about how he got embroiled in all this.

Frankly, Fiske and Quinn were the most interesting characters and they didn't receive a decent amount of page time, IMO.

Won't bother
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Jane Stewart
It was ok for solving and surviving a complicated mystery, political intrigue, and danger - but not entertaining enough.

STORY BRIEF:
Eve was a single mother when her seven-year-old daughter Bonnie was killed by a serial killer. The body was never found which haunts Eve. Eve is one of the country’s top forensic sculptors. She reconstructs faces from skulls. Logan is a billionaire who wants to hire Eve to put a face on a skull he has. She resists until he makes a large contribution to her favorite
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thadine
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Cheryl
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book with forensic sculpter, Eve Duncan. Wow, what a tough lady. This woman could truly be a roll model for young women once they've finished with the Nancy Drew series.

I loved the book. I'm listening to another by Iris Johansen concurrently, almost through with that one, too. I've also ordered another one of hers from the library.

Eve grew up as a bastard child of a stoned mother. Her child was also a bastard, but led the way to both Eve and her mother getting their acts togeth
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Patrick
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It seems like an ordinary skull -- but it isn't. And for forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, this discovery will draw her into a frightening odyssey of greed, manipulation, and violence. It started simply enough, with businessman John Logan offering her another routine job of recreating a face from a skull. Hesitant at first, then persuaded to accept, Eve leaves the safety of her home office for Logan's makeshift lab, never expecting that the face she will construct using a computer, plasticine, and ...more
Jenny
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Face of Deception is the first book I have read of Iris Johansen. At first, I thought it was enough JFK conspiracy with a twist however I was so wrong. Readers of Face of Deception are going to be so surprised when they finally realise what is happening with the story. Unusually that the two of the main characters were friends not lovers. The characters acted like brother and sisters accept Joe's wife who was upset with the situations and tried to break Eva and Joe up. I did not like the end ...more
Lyn
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I first read Iris's books when she was doing romances, liked her style particularly a series based in the West. However, this series about the forensic anthropologist trying to find her kidnapped daughter's body really gets to me. I love the way Iris has shown her Eve Duncan outgrowing her background to develop her potential, and becoming passionate about bringing all murdered children 'home' by developing the faces that go with the skulls. Excellent series.
Skye
5 COULDN'T PUT THE DANG THING DOWN STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A-MA-ZING.
I LOVED THIS.
TONS OF SUSPENSE AND CRAZY TWISTS!!!
These books are a little pricey but I don't CARE!!!
Started the second book the moment I finished the last page.
Bojana Zdravkovic
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Johansen sure loves the word 'sardonically'. Fast summer read.
Xan
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I very much wanted to give this book 4 stars...but was barely able to give it 3. The storyline was very good, and got me through the book. Eve is hired to put a face on a skull, and the revelations throughout the book keep the surprises and suspense going up until the end. I'd give the storyline a 4, easily.

However, this is the 3rd "Eve Duncan" book I've read, and I have to give the characters a 1...at best. I want to like Eve, but she is unbelievably annoying. Perhaps it's Johansen's experience
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Chris
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
As with most books, I tend to start reading them for a reason. With ‘The Face of Deception’ this was entirely down to seeing the most recent book in the series (Taking Eve) in The New York Times Best Sellers list. So I figure that the author has to be doing something good, right? As there are that many authors doing collections of books, I decided to quickly double check to see what was the book that started the authors collection and this was it.


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Carmen
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
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Petula Darling
Apr 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: series
I kept thinking this was going to get better, but about 3/4 of the way through I finally gave up. The premise was ridiculous, the main character was grating and the dialog was clunky.
Breia
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found my next series to follow! How did I wait this long?
Ellenjsmellen
May 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. This was my first Iris Johanssen book and I plan on reading any other Eve Duncan novels by her.
Jae
I didn't like the slow pace.
Gina
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is a review for this book along with the second of the series, The Killing Game. *(Same review posted for both books as I read them together. I rated The Killing Game 2 stars as it is a little better.)

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 h
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Catnip (Antonija)
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was interesting and unusual up to a half way into the book. Then the story started to stall and it became almost....comfortable. You knew what was going to happen next and I started to lose interest.

Eve is your typical troubled hero with a whole boat of luggage in her past. She meets the mysterious, brooding millionaire, Logan. Yes, he is manipulative, what a shocker, and yes, she is stubborn as a mule, again-what a shocker! They make a tiring duo who fights every time they talk and outcomes
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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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