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3.00036995930448 out of 53.00036995930448 out of 53.00036995930448 out of 53.00036995930448 out of 53.00036995930448 out of 5 3.00 (5,406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iris Johansen Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Eve Duncan Series Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9781415917541
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The New York Times bestselling author of Firestorm, Iris Johansen, returns with a psychological thriller so terrifying, so relentlessly paced, it won’t leave you time to catch your breath before the next shock comes. A forensic sculptor is locked in a deadly duel with a serial killer determined to destroy her—one life at a time.

Eve Duncan’s job is to put a face on the faceless victims of violent crimes. Her work not only comforts their survivors—but helps catch their killers. But there is another, more personal reason that Eve Duncan is driven to do the kind of work she does—a dark nightmare from a past she can never bury. And as she works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, that past is about to return all over again.

The victim is a Jane Doe found murdered, her face erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed her wasn’t just trying to hide her identity. The plan was far more horrifying. For as the face forms under Eve’s skilled hands, she is about to get the shock of her life. The victim is someone she knows all too well. Someone who isn’t dead. Yet.

Instantly Eve’s peaceful life is shattered. The sanctuary of the lakeside cottage she shares with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and their adopted daughter Jane has been invaded by a killer who’s sent the grimmest of threats: the face of his next victim. To stop him, Eve must put her own life in the balance and question everything and everyone she trusts. Not even Quinn can go where Eve must go this time.

As the trail of faceless bodies leads to a chilling revelation, Eve finds herself trying to catch a master murderer whose grisly work is a testament to a mind warped by perversion and revenge. Now she must pit her skills against his in a showdown where the stakes are life itself—and where the unbearable cost of failure will make Eve’s own murder seem like a mercy killing.

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  • Johansen knows exactly what her devoted readers want and gives it to them. Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 2/16/2014

    " With the exception of the fact that I should have read this book before I read Countdown (which continues the story of Cira) this was a good story. This book begins the tale of Cira, a female Roman slave, and a man's obsession with her (even though she's dead). The bigger deal is that Eve's adopted daughter is "dreaming" about her and is a target for a serial killer because she's a Cira look-a-like. And of course the ending is really not and ending as it continues on in Countdown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/9/2014

    " Another Eve Duncan novel. This time forensic sculptor recognized the face in the clay as she works on her most recent case ... but that face belongs to someone who isn't dead ... at least not yet. This time Eve works against time to catch a killer before he strikes again, because this time, it's personal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen | 1/19/2014

    " I have always enjoyed reading Iris Johansen's work. In particular, her Eve Duncan series. However, I found Blind Alley to be lacking the punch that her earlier works exhibited. As an avid reader, I am all for using the imagination a little when the story is captivating, but this teetered on the realm of too far fetched. However, the story was just captivating enough to hold the reader from beginning to end but I fear that the average person might be left as I was: unsatisfied. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pa | 1/18/2014

    " This is a suspenseful tale involving a forensic sculptor and other characters. It is part mystery/suspense and part supernatural. It doesn't entirely succeed at either though it is an OK read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine Gutenstein | 1/9/2014

    " Good installment to the series...very much enjoyed this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irishlazz | 1/9/2014

    " First read by this author. Interesting characters and decent plot development. Leaves you wondering about a few things. A satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/9/2014

    " another great read - really enjoyed Jane being the main character - the thrill of the ride was very intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/8/2014

    " Sorry, but the storyline for me was very far-fetched and I struggled to get to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/7/2013

    " Liked it--she has done better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CHmAliceINS | 11/10/2013

    " Part of the "Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller" Series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/7/2013

    " Really interesting - the idea that someone who looks just like you is killed specifically because the killer thought it was you and then the only way to stay alive is to let your friends and family all think you are still dead until you can trap the killer yourself...awesome.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 7/17/2013

    " This book was interesting because it featured Jane instead of Eve. A togs change that made it a very enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 5/5/2013

    " Once again, a good book from Iris. The thing I like about her books is that, even though they are part of a series, they can still be read alone (i.e. out of order), because they each have thier own adventure! And, her strong female characters rock!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kare | 4/7/2013

    " I like the Eve Duncan series. Would be very freaked out if this happened to my daughter, but I love Jane's strength and vivaciousness! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 10/27/2012

    " a quick read, can be a bit confusing though. wasn't my favorite by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/13/2012

    " The cover says "Takes you to the edge of Suspense" and that is what it does. Very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/31/2012

    " The book started out quite intriguing but lost me with a character that dies 2000 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/30/2010

    " This book was okay... I am kinda getting aggravated that she does not stay on top of the forensic parts for the books...I am taking a break as I got aggravated with the Ciara bit of this book.. Will be back to read the rest later :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/10/2010

    " Interesting shift of focus from Eve to Jane. This book kept me reading but somehow it just wasn't *quite* satisfying at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dixie | 9/15/2010

    " I got this book with a group of other "recycled" books & loved it. Decided to read more of Iris Johansen's books. Kept me riveted from start to finish!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 8/13/2010

    " Even though I'm reading these books out of order, I'm truly sucked into this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 8/7/2010

    " Johansen is wonderfully creative in this book! Jane and Trevor are my all time favorite literary couple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 7/20/2010

    " am enjoying this series, but wish I had read them in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 6/29/2010

    " Just finished today--thought that the teen girl was too whiny, too brash, too rude...I've liked others of Iris Johansen's a lot better than this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jann | 3/17/2010

    " Well, I didn't realize I had already read this book until a few pages in ( I hate getting old!). I couldn't remember how it ended so I read it again. It is a little strange (hints of reincarnation) but it is very interesting and a quick read (especially the 2nd time)!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. | 2/10/2010

    " Read this book earlier, it is one of her better ones "

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