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The Perfect Witness | by Iris Johansen


The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen
(St. Martin’s Press, 2014, 342 pages)


She was the perfect witness–until they found her.

When Teresa Casali was young, she discovered that she could read people’s memories. But this strange gift became a curse when her mob boss father used Teresa to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence. Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa finds herself defenseless and alone…until, from seemingly out of nowhere, she meets the mysterious Andre Mandak. Armed with a chilling set of skills, Mandak can protect Teresa and kill her pursuers. But can she trust him?

Now she’s the perfect target–and there’s nowhere left to hide…

With Mandak’s help, Teresa learns to control her power before it consumes her. It is his promise to get her into Witness Protection that convinces Teresa to assume a new identity: she becomes Allie Girard and tries to forget Teresa Casali ever existed. For years “Allie” lives a normal life with a new family…until the day her cover is blown and the truth spreads like wildfire. Now she will have to use her finely-honed gift to end the threat that began with her family’s betrayal. Nothing can stop her from revealing the truth…even if it kills her.


First, let me say, I really enjoy reading books by Iris Johansen.  Most of them keep me on the edge of my seat with all the twists and turns.  This one not so much.  This was not one of my favorites of hers.  It took me a while to get through it, which is unusual when I’m reading her books.  I kept asking myself, why it is taking me so long to get through this.  But at points it just seemed to drag on and on to the point of where I just wanted to get it read and over with.  I honestly think I finished it just because she is one of my favorite writer and out of respect for her.  I think she dropped the ball on this one though. Most of the writing was repetitive and didn’t move the story along. It didn’t really get my interest until almost the end of the book. There were several events in the book that I just found unbelievable.  She is truly a good writer though.  Maybe this was just a writer’s block or she was just having a bad moment.  We all have those moments.  Time to get over it Ms. Johansen and get back to the awesome writing that I know you do so well!

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