The Eve Duncan series started out with a bang, but now it's just limping along. In various books, Eve has attracted the undying devotion of a series of wealthy and/or highly skilled and/or loving men, but I've never figured out why. Her main characteristic is that she is totally fixated on finding the body of her murdered daughter, Bonnie. Nothing gets in her way, nothing sidetracks her for a minute, and she makes absolutely no compromises for the sake of those who love her, or those she purports to love.
All the bad guys are bad without any possibility of redemption. It's as if Johansen sets up a cardboard target with BAD GUY printed across the heart. The one in this book, Kistle, has not one single human quality, no cause for his twisted soul is hinted at, and he seems to be there simply so that Eve can direct her laser sights on him.
The good guys are floundering; everyone wants Eve (why???) but no one can win her. Joe, who has been around since the first novel, actually comes to the point of saying he can't take this any more, but is sucker-punched at the end of the book in a way that guarantees he'll be back in the next installment.
The biggest problem is that all the female characters have exactly the same personalities and speak in exactly the same way. Megan, Eve and Jane are interchangeable. If someone read any of their dialog aloud to you, without telling you who was speaking, you'd have no idea. They're all driven, outspoken, blunt. One such heroine is fine, but there needs to be at least some variation in the characters.
Johansen switched from series and historical romances to romantic suspense thrillers some years ago, and, having found a method that works for her, she's driving it into the ground. I have all her books, but I'm starting to get very tired of the repetitious style.
"Quicksand" is the kind of book that, if you started reading it, put it down, and came back to it a year later, you wouldn't have missed it at all, and might not even bother to finish it. Time for Johansen to bring this series to a close before it sinks beneath the sands.