Tag: 4.5 Stars

Night Watch by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

Posted June 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

Night Watch by Iris Johansen, Roy JohansenNight Watch by Iris Johansen
Series: Kendra Michaels #4
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 25, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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four-half-stars
one-flame

Born blind, Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life living in the darkness. Then, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England’s Night Watch Project, she was given the gift of sight. Her highly-developed senses (honed during her years in the dark), combined with her new found vision, have made her a remarkable investigator, sought after by law-enforcement agencies all over the country. But her newest case finds her uncovering a deadly truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much.

Kendra is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight. But all is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he’s troubled by something he can’t discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears that very night, Kendra is on the case, recruiting government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to join her on a trail that leads to the snow-packed California mountains. There they make a gruesome discovery: the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge’s associates, brutally murdered in the freezing snow. But it’s only the first casualty in a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Soon she must fight for her very survival as she tries to stop the killing… and unearth the deadly secret of Night Watch.

         

I have enjoyed this author for many, many years. I was happy to briefly meet her at RT in Atlanta this May.

Some of her earlier romantic suspense books, from the 1990s,  were just a touch paranormal, with what is truly my favorite kind, extraordinary skills of the mind. It is magic but in a more possible way, possibly real. The people in these thrilling stories were related loosely with someone knowing someone else. I truly loved these stories with each having a romance and a strong women featured.   I cannot believe none of this author’s books have been reviewed here. But the stores above are older, before the blogging times, and lately other than Kendra, it has been primarily the Eve Duncan series.

Kendra Michaels is a strong, fascinating women with a good heart. I have read every one in this Kendra Michaels series and it (the series) feels like the earlier romantic suspense thrillers.  Kendra is like a modern day Sherlock Holmes with keen skills of observation, deductive reasoning and immense information resources and contacts. I love her smarts and how she uses them. And there’s humor!

I would read the series in order as it builds in knowledge of the world and of the character. Besides, they are just so good! This is such an engagement for the mind and senses. There is also a spark of romance which I can’t help hoping turns into a 4 alarm fire. It’s not needed for the plot but I would enjoy it. Kendra is all about focusing her mind, working her skills and controlling her actions. I relate. This series is more urban fantasy than PNR with the same heroine throughout and more casework than romance. So recommended and it looks like the next, Look Behind You, will be available July 18, 2017!

 

Giggle-worthy quotes:

Lynch shook his head. “Damn.”

“What?”

“I’ve practically made a career of disliking that man. Then he goes and pulls a stunt like that.”

“You mean being decent.”

“Yeah, the nerve of that guy, huh.”

 

About Iris Johansen

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 success.

She lives in Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
four-half-stars
Dialogue
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

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Audio: Stolen Magic by Marina Finlayson    #JIAM

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Posted May 25, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

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Posted December 22, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 0 Comments

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