Monday, July 5, 2021

Blink of an Eye – Book Review

 

by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen



Readers of the mystery genre may be familiar with best-selling author Iris Johansen, who is well-known for her Eve Duncan forensic sculptor series. To date, she has written 25 books in this series. She is also the author of 22 non-series books and 4 books with Catherine Ling as the main series character, who is a shadowy CIA operative raised on the streets of Hong Kong 


In 2012, she began a new series with a new character, Kendra Michaels, who has keen senses from being blind for 20 years. Kendra now uses those exceptional senses as a consultant to the FBI and local authorities to solve difficult cases. What makes this series different from her other novels is it is written in conjunction with Iris Johansen's son Roy.


Roy Johansen is an author in his own right, having published three mystery novels prior to collaborating with his mother on, to date, eight Kendra Michaels books. 


This is a book review of Iris and Roy Johansen's latest Kendra Michaels book, Blink of an Eye.


Blink of an Eye Synopsis:


Blink of an Eye
The story features investigator Kendra Michaels, whose observational skills are worthy of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.


Kendra was blind for her first 20 years of life, until a revolutionary surgical procedure allowed her to regain her sight.  Her powers of observation became honed during her years in the dark, allowing her to detect what other investigators don't. 


When Delilah (Dee) Winter, one of the hottest pop stars in today's music world, is kidnapped in the middle of a show at the Hollywood Bowl, authorities cannot figure out how it is done. Dr. Kendra Michaels agrees to lead the race to rescue the young singer before time runs out. 


Kendra is joined by Jessie Mercado, her long-time friend and the singer's former bodyguard who knows Delilah well. As they close in on the hideout location of the kidnappers, casualties mount up.  Desperate for leads to where Dee is being held, Kendra also joins forces with Department of Justice Special Agent Adam Lynch with whom she has had a personal relationship.  His special skills aid in the search for Dee Winter. 


But, as the true purpose of the kidnappers become clear, the trio uncover a plot they never could have imagined – leading to a showdown they won't soon forget.


Summary


Even though Blink of an Eye is Book #8 in the Kendra Michaels series, it reads easily as a stand-alone story, so it doesn't really matter in which order you read any of the books in the series. Starting with Book #8 works just fine as an introduction to this fast-paced thriller series.




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11 comments:

  1. I love mysteries and this series certainly sounds intriquing. Thanks for the info on the mother/son writing duo. Interesting.

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    1. Mary Beth, I've noticed in recent years that several of my favorite mystery authors, now that they are older and their 'kids' are grown, have been collaborating on books with their offspring! It IS interesting.

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  2. I'm always looking for new authors and I have not yet read anything by this one! So, on to the reading list it goes. I love this genre of book, so will enjoy this story for sure! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Your reading list is getting 'long', Olivia. Happy reading!

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  3. A blind woman who regains her sight and uses her unusually well honed senses to help the police and FBI solve difficult cases? What a great premise for a lead character in a series! Usually, thrillers usually aren’t my “thing,” but this book and series sound intriguing. Thanks very much for your review and recommendation.

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    1. You are welcome, Margaret. Thanks for your visit.

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful book plot and a most excellent series! Thank you for the introduction. I'm sure I will enjoy it.

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    1. Thanks, Mouse. Always fun to find a new author to try.

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  5. I can imagine that a blind person given the gift of sight would indeed be very observant. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  6. I'm wondering if my mother has heard of this author? I'll have to ask her. The story line is one she enjoys. These days she does a lot of reading so thanks for another heads up on a good book.

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  7. This sounds an intriguing book to read. The lead character Kendra being a blind woman who has regained her sight and having powerful observation skills to help solve cases sounds a great character which I like. Thank you for an interesting review and recommendation!

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