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Eight Days To Live

(Eve Duncan #10)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  6,897 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Eve Duncan and her adopted daughter, Jane Macguire, are pitted against the members of a secretive cult who have targeted Jane and have decided that she will be their ultimate sacrifice. In eight days they will come for her. In eight days, what Jane fears the most will become a reality. In eight days, she will die. It all begins with a painting that Jane, an artist, display ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book two stars because of my lingering respect for Iris Johansen, but I will say that she needs to step it up or my ratings will start falling to one star and then eventually I'm going to stop reading her.

This book involves Eve Duncan but is concentrated on Jane MacGuire, her adopted daughter/friend. I'm pretty sure I wrote the same things about the last Johansen book, but good Lord, was this one hard to get through. Every once in a while Johansen's original, good writing would s
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Jun 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I think I am also going to give up on Iris Johansen. I really enjoyed Stalemate, Quicksand and Bloodgame. I thought this book would leave off with Joe and Eve dealing with her dead daughter Bonnie. Instead this book seem to be a follow up to Countdown, whichh in my opinion is probbaly Iris Johansen's worst book. Consequently, this one is awful also AND I've only gotten through with a couple of chapters.

Iris, if you want to have a series about Jane McGuire, then call it the Jane McGuire series. S
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In eight days they will come for her. In eight days, what Jane fears the most will become a reality. In eight days, she will die.

It starts with an art show. Jane is exhibiting her paintings at her friend Celine's Paris gallery and having great success. However, one of her paintings - Guilt - has attracted the attention of a cult based on worship of Judas. Though the image of the man in the painting came to Jane in a dream, the cultists recognize it as Judas and feel that she is blaspheming him.
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm going to have to give up on Iris Johansen. Her first books are some of the best I have read. The last few, however, have been standard stock and depressingly formulaic. The plots are exactly the same from book to book and the characters are cookie cutter to the extreme and totally one dimensional. Her men (every single one of them) are strong, tough and pushy with a strong bent towards violence. Her females are ALL harsh, abrasive, blunt but with kind hearts (if you can find them.)

Jun 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok - so after looking at some of the reviews I know it isn't just the audio book that sucks. This is soooo incredibly bad. I adore - LOVE - Iris Johansen but dude this is horrible. The reader is incredibly whiny. I have no empathy for Jane. I want to slap her. I almost hope the bad guys get her so this book will end. It is all about her. I understand that she is the main character and all that business but wow. Bad. This is 10 discs of bad. I am on the last disc and it hasn't improved. I keep ho ...more
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Number-one New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen delivers a thriller that will chill you to the core: Eve Duncan’s adopted daughter Jane has been targeted by a mysterious cult who has decided that she has only eight days to live

Eve Duncan and her adopted daughter, Jane Macguire, are pitted against the members of a secretive cult who have targeted Jane and have decided that she will be their ultimate sacrifice. In eight days they will come for her. In eight days, what Jane fea
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 c ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a preposterous book, although I have read many of her earlier books, where the main protagonist was Eve, a forensic sculptor, and she has a feisty adopted daughter, Jane. She is now the main character, an artist with a show in Paris, who seems to psychically trance and paint pictures that have actually happened. There is a dark psychic guy Caleb who can push thoughts, and there is a lot of sexual tension between them, but no action. There is some ridiculous human sacrificial secret socie ...more
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While I enjoyed Eight Days to Live, it did not quite live up to my expectations for a Johansen novel. Also be forewarned, while this book is billed as an Eve Duncan novel, it is really all about Jane. Eve plays such a small role it shouldn’t be classified as part of that series.

After a successful art show in a Parisian gallery owned by a friend, Jane MacGuire is about to receive the surprise of a lifetime, and not a good one at that. A chilling portrait titled
Bryan Wilson
I am nearly ready to give up on Iris Johansen. Eight Days to Live features Jane MacGuire, the now-young woman who was taken in by Eve Duncan in Johansen's earlier works. The plot keeps things just interesting enough for one to be willing to endure the banal dialogue between nearly all the characters, especially between the principal players: Jane, Seth Caleb and Jock Gavin.

Jane is now on the brink of stardom as an artist, with an unusually strong opening in her first solo gallery display. Atten
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is considered part of the Eve Duncan series, this was told through the eyes of Jane, similar to some of the other books in this series. I almost like it better when it is told through her perspective, it gives it a different feel to the narrative. However, Iris Johansen got a little too weird for me in this book. In a previous novel she had made reference to a character with psychic powers who then released those powers onto another character (don't want to spoil anything), and ...more
Good story, Great characters. I really like Caleb. But I have to admit, I am just not into the chase the historical item around the world readers. To Indiana Jones for me. So, if you like that kinda of book, this is an excellent book. The writing is great, and fast pace. The subject matter for me, is the only issue.
May 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Utterly unreadable. I feel sorry that trees were killed in the making of this book.
Jennifer G
Only read this if you like thrillers with paranormal content. The story itself was fine, but one of the characters can see what is going on to other people in her dreams. And another character can kill people with his mind. That just ruined the book for me.
This series is jumping the shark. We some how went from a forensic sculptor to vampires and remote viewing dreams, and in between books featured talking to ghosts and finding the dead. Warning: This book is about Jane Macguire, not Eve Duncan.

I have relegated this series to audio reads. I am not particularly fond of this narrator. Every sentence is so dramatic and menacing, I think it would help to have a male and female narrator. Worst, the villains and Seth Caleb all spoke slowly with drama, i
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of the other reviews have said this was the worst they've read from this author, but I thought it was good. If this was her worst, I will definitely read more from her. It had some supernatural and/or psychic elements that I think bothered people, but I like that genre also, so this was right up my alley. It wasn't what I was expecting based on her usual genre label, but like I said, I liked that aspect.

I hope the main characters get a spin-off series of their own, outside the Eve Duncan s
Where to start? Reading the Eve Duncan books are like watching the movie 2012 for me. I loved the movie! I thought it was thrilling and very fast paced and it kept my attention through the whole movie. However, throughout the whole movie, my husband and I were saying "yeah, right" and "how lucky can you get"? That is exactly how I feel about this book. It grabbed me from the very first sentence. I was totally into the book and nothing could distract me once I started reading. But, through the wh ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The subtitle of this is An Eve Duncan Foresnsics Thriller. It is a thriller in some places, but Eve Duncan and her husband Joe are not in much of it. Instead, the book focuses on their adopted daughter, Jane MacGuire, a promising and talented artist. Early on, in Paris, the owner of the gallery where Jane's works have been hanging is crucified, and her sister decapitated. Things slow down for a while, and a number of deadly men threaten Jane because of a particular painting that she has done. Ja ...more
Barbara ★
I really enjoyed this though it was more like a James Rollins or Dan Brown religious adventure than an Eve Duncan forensic mystery. Eve and Joe Quinn are very much in the background and I really don't think this should be included in the Eve Duncan series.

Eve's adoptive daughter is targeted by a whacked out religious cult following the teachings of Judas. Jane's painting of Judas led the cult straight to her and now she has eight days to live. Jane enlists assassin Seth Caleb to help along with
If you're expecting a true Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller, this isn't one of them. The story itself was ok, but I was disappointed. And, I wish I had a dollar for every time they used the word bastard. I'd be heading out for a nice fancy dinner to celebrate the ending of the book :) haha! Anyway, I guess my rating may be skewed low because of my expectations of what I wanted to get out of it. The story is not about Eve, or Joe, or Bonnie. It's all about Jane. But, Eve & Joe are in it just eno ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just okay. I like the fact that it was about Jane instead of the another story about Eve trying to find Bonnie's bodyand I like the male characters but there were things that happened that were just too unbelievable. I am willing to keep an open mind about the psychic stuff but the coins that survived intact from the time of Judas? Please. I haven't been wowed by one of her books in a while.
May 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Another disappointing read. This is NOT an Eve Duncan book; this is about her adopted daughter and some outrageous mystery of why she is being hunted. I only finished it because I like the Caleb character. But this was a completely unbelievable story and I didn't even like Jane's character.
Victoria Chávez
One of my favorite thrillers! This book is very rich in imagery and biblical references from a nonsectarian perspective. Easy to follow regardless of whether you've followed Johansen's Eve Duncan series or not (although it'll definitely make you want to read her other books).
Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, here it is: My least-favorite Iris Johansen novel to date. Aren't you excited?

As much as I disliked Jane MacGuire in "Countdown," I outright hated her in this book.

Look, it takes me a lot to hate a heroine. I didn't even hate Bella from "Twilight" or Ana from "Fifty Shades of Grey." Now, Bella and Ana were kind of boring. And Johansen is definitely a more skilled writer than Stephenie Meyer and EL James. But Jane is all of the other Johansen heroines combined and put on steroids. Jane is o
Dwayne Wojtowicz
I have always been a fan of Iris Johansen. Her writing style has continuously captivated me. When I decided to read “Eight Days to Live,” I was hoping for a home run. I was wrong and definitely disappointed.

Iris Johansen refers to “Eight Days to Live” as an Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller, when in reality it is not. Eve does not appear, or even mentioned, until a fourth of the way in on the novel. Jane MacGuire is the main character in this novel, and she does more the Eve does. Jane’s tenacity an
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Eve Duncan's adopted daughter Jane Macguire has a showing in a prestigious art gallery in Paris.
Everyone is fascinated by a painting Jane calls "Guilt." Somehow Jane can't let the painting go and it's marked for display only. The gallery owner is thrilled by the success of the show and tries to convince Jane to sell the painting. An astronomical offer is on the table but Jane turns it down. The face in the painting is from her dreams but she feels there's something more.
The gallery owner is mur
"It all begins with a painting called Guilt. Eve Duncan's daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery. But those who belong to a powerful cult—one that dates back to the time of Christ—know both the face and the significance behind it… They believe that Jane must die—when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price. But for now, they target those clo ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, suspense
4.5 out of 5. One of the best of the Eve Duncan series that I have read so far.

Jane, Eve's daughter, is in Paris for a showing of her paintings, including one she has titled 'Guilt.' The image came to her as part of one of her dreams, dreams that seem almost real, as if she is stepping into someone else's life. Members of a centuries old cult have seen the painting, and have decided that she must die for it, but only after they use her to find a treasure hidden in biblical times.

Several charact
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The frequency of authors who typically write thrillers & police procedurals, who are now including aspects of the supernatural in their books, is surprising and honestly kind of overwhelming. This was a good story but the character of Seth Caleb (“vampire,” psychic, and blood aficionado) took quite some getting used to.

As always I enjoyed Jane MacGuire and how kickass she is. She’s a winning character and I honestly think I like her more than I like Eve. And that’s saying something!

Need to p
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick afternoon read. No burning need to get ALL the characters ingrained in my head, and the plot about Judas and Syria, etc. just enough given so I could follow. The mind trip thing and the ending kind of struck me as different. Certainly a new twist (or a departure from realism.) In spite of some negative reviews, I found lots to like about this story by an author I have read and will continue to read.
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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 25 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)
  • Quicksand (Eve Duncan, #8)
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