Eight Days to Live: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller Hardcover – Apr 20 2010
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From the Back Cover
In eight days they will take her.
#1 blockbuster bestselling author
delivers a thriller that will chill you to the core…
AN ANCIENT CONSPIRACY
It all begins with a painting called Guilt. Eve Duncan's daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery. But those who belong to a powerful cult―one that dates back to the time of Christ―know both the face and the significance behind it…
A SHOCKING BETRAYAL
They believe that Jane must die―when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price. But for now, they target those close to Jane, killing without mercy or conscience.
A fateful JOURNEY
From Paris to the Scottish isles to the Holy Land, Jane finds herself in a desperate race against time to unravel the mystery surrounding her painting…and save her own life. Even with Eve's help, can she possibly succeed before her time is up?
"Johansen keeps readers on the edge of their seats."―Booklist--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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This one's more about Eve's adopted daughter, Jane - but that's just fine. It has shades of Dan Brown's works, because there are distinct "quasi-religious" elements (and a cult, Sang Noir - Black Blood!) and paranormal aspects tangled up in the plot and the mystery (not a lot of forensics, either...)
You'll travel to interesting ports of call during the course of this novel - and its pace is good throughout. There's just enough tension between Jock and Seth to keep the pages turning, and Jane herself faces some decisions that add to the thrill.
All in all, a good ride, if not quite in the more familiar Eve Duncan/forensics mode.
However, there is little Eve and even less forensics. We see nothing of her work with the skulls of missing children. We see almost no Joe. I would have been happier if we had seen more of Eve in her workshop and another child identified. I do like Jane, Lina, Jock, and Seth very much. I wish I had all of them on my side if I ever needed them.
However, I really believe that Iris Johansen's villains are getting darker, more evil, and more twisted. I'd like to see her heroine(s) up against a chess player of an opponent, one who kills only when he/she feels it is necessary and kills quickly and as painlessly as possible. I'd like to see fewer psychic solutions and more cerebral ones. I feel as if we are slowly sinking into deep mire. Please, Iris, give us something that doesn't leave me feeling I need a shower when I'm done reading.
As with Eve, I have yet to figure out why the men seem to fall all over Jane.
Come to think of it, the other female character, Lena, the ex-Moslem is also a witch. I would think after all she had gone thru, she would have been a little nicer to other women and men who treat her well.
The storyline is interesting and the men are sexy and darkly exciting, but PLEASE Iris, can we get some women that are likeable?