Taking Eve by Iris Johansen
(St. Martin’s Press, 2013, 339 pages)
As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished. She knows their anguish—her own beloved daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just seven years old. It is only recently that this mystery was resolved and Eve could begin her journey to peace. Now Jim Doane wants the same kind of answers that Eve always longed for. His twenty-five-year-old son may or may not be dead, and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence. But he cannot go to the police for answers without exposing his dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth—one that takes Eve down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history. In this thriller from bestselling author Iris Johansen, Doane needs Eve’s skills and he’ll do anything to get them…even if it means Taking Eve.
I have read every book in the Eve Duncan series. I was so excited when I found out about this trilogy. This is book number one. It was good, but a little disappointing. I’ve always had a hard time putting her books down once I get started, but this one didn’t grab me as all of the others did, and some of the wording was repetitive. I hate to be critical because she is one of my favorites. It was good, just not great. I guess my expectations were high since the other books in the series have all been great. I’m hoping that Hunting Eve, the second in the trilogy, will be more along the lines of what she’s written in the past. I felt it just left you hanging, but maybe that was her point. It will be necessary to read the trilogy to see how it ends. I hope the next two will have more suspense and action to them, like the Eve Duncan series I know. If you are an Iris Johansen fan, though, and have kept up with the Eve Duncan series, I recommend you read it.