A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.
When former agent Adam Lynch, known as the Puppetmaster, approaches her about a possible serial murder case, she is determined to steer clear. But he’s a notorious manipulator, skilled at handling criminals and colleagues alike to get the results he wants. And now he holds a trump card: The latest possible victim is Kendra’s ex-lover, an FBI agent who vanished without enough clues to follow - unless Kendra can pick up the trail. And if she can’t, she just might close her eyes again ... forever.
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I am an audio book junkie! ! In my real life I am an ER RN and Mom to a teenage son.
I really enjoyed this story, Kendra is a formerly blind persin who regains her sight at age 20, due to those years of blindness her other senses are VERY VERY acute. She notices rhe most minute details bc she uses ALL of her senses not just her eyes. It is probably strerching it a bit how acute her senses are but not so outside the realm of possibilities to make it absurd. Because it COULD be real it makes a great story. Her character is rigid at times, prickly, she offends others easily due to being so intelligent and having others not believe her.
Her partner is just as unique in different ways and therefore was a loner who did not play well with others until he met and manipulated Kendra into helping him. The partnetship/adversarial relationship they have is what makes them so good together.
i definitely recommend this book and look forward to the 2nd.
This was my first descent into the team Iris and Roy Johansen novels. I must admit I was quite pleased with the novel.
Kendra Michaels is a character,much like Iris Johansen's Eve character, that you will not soon forget. She is smart a witty, and extremely observant. She spent the first period of her life blind which has made her far more appreciative of the things she sees. It also makes her more observant of what she sees. An old boyfriend is missing and she finds herself thrust into solving crime with a former FBI agent, something she had promised herself that she would never do again.
She and the former agent travel unraveling the truth of an old chemical weapon the was never discarded correctly and must stop the people who wish to profit through it as they clean up their tracks by leaving mystery and bodies in their wake.
once you suspend your disbbelief enough to agree to a Sherlockian heroine the plotting.and writing are pretty good and the reader is okay. This is a.new series for the Johansens so I will probably check out the credentials of their Eve something detecting crime. The book is a little graphic on the gore several places.
I read some of the reviews and thought , "It can't be that bad."
Boy was I wrong . I'm not sure if I was distracted by the poor performance of the narrator, or if it was just poorly written. I will say the performance of the narrator was monotonous. The two main characters growled every single comment they made.
I love to read and I love being able to listen to books. Unfortunately , I do not love or even like this particular story. I forced myself to listen because I paid for it. Don't make the same mistake! Read other reviews and unlike me , believe them!
What I looked most at first was the main protagonist Kendra Michaels, a very interesting combination of high sensorial abilities and, in a split of a second, a very visceral persona when feel someone is trying to manipulate her.
The book was well written. I never saw the ending coming. Definitely would like to see another one with Lynch and Kendra on another caper.
Involuntary Witness / Gianrico Carofiglio
Elisabeth Rodger's voice is pleasant, but her overly dramatic tone is very annoying. The sappy dialogue didn't help.
Reading Teacher Recommendations!
I might try reading a book by these authors as opposed to listening to it. It was hard to determine if the pervasive bad attitude of every. single. character. in. this book. was because of the writing itself or the way the narrator read.
1. Quit using so many cliches.
2. Stop referring to people as a "wild card" (see number 1).
3. Don't refer to the main female character (and other female characters) consistently by both their first and last names while all male characters are always called by last name only.
4. Write plot lines that are at least semi-believable.
I could go on...
Every single character line was read with as much spit and vinegar as Ms. Rodgers could muster. Every single line. Every single character. Every single moment. EVERYONE was pissed off. All the time.
Here's a scene (I believe) was actually deleted from this book. Read each line aloud in manner of premenstrual woman who has just discovered someone ate her last chocolate.
Kendra Michaels stood in the line of the grocery store while the clerk rang up her purchases.
"Paper or plastic?" the bag boy, Smith, snarled at her.
Kendra Michaels regarded him cooly, then replied, "Your obvious interest in the forestry industry compels me to choose paper."
Smith startled, then sneered, "How did you know that? I'm a mysterious wild card. No one can ascertain my true nature."
Kendra Michaels shot back, "I see by the crimson fuzz on your coat that you wore a plaid flannel shirt yesterday. The callus on your thumb could mean either that you play too many video games or you spend a great deal of time handling a chainsaw. I also detected the slightest whiff of pine needles on you. This would not be detectable to the common nose, but I was able to sniff it out immediately. All these things could mean you freelance as a Christmas tree salesman, but the more logical explanation is that you are a lumberjack in your free time; therefore, your interests would lead you to desire your customers to choose paper over plastic."
"You are freaky weird, Kendra Michaels. I find it both disturbing and titillating that you were able to see through my wild card exterior to the true me."
Smith pondered the situation and realized he wanted to feel the silky smoothness of Kendra Michael's hair beneath his callused thumbs. He was sexually attracted to her, but now was not the time nor the place for his skilled overtures.
Kendra Michaels, meanwhile, thought of how she and Smith had come to know each other better in the last ten minutes than most people did in a lifetime.
"Close your eyes, Smith," she murmured...
Well, you get my drift. The only way I got through this book was to regard it as satire, BUT I did finish the story because I wanted to find out who the bad guy was. Even though it all turned out so ridiculous, I did see it through to the end; hence, the two stars for story.
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