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Taking Eve (Eve Duncan Book 16) [Kindle Edition]

Iris Johansen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (727 customer reviews)

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Book Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen is back with the first book in a chilling new Eve Duncan trilogy that asks the question: will Eve survive what lies ahead?

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished.  She knows their anguish—her own beloved daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just seven years old.  It is only recently that this mystery was resolved and Eve could begin her journey to peace.  Now, Jim Doane wants the same kind of answers that Eve always longed for.  His twenty-five-year old son may or may not be dead and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence.  But he cannot go to the police for answers without risking his own secrets and dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth—a truth that takes Eve down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history.  Doane needs Eve Duncan’s skills and he’ll do anything to get them. 

Even if it means taking Eve.

 




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When someone tries to poison Jane MacGuire’s beloved dog, Toby, no one suspects a plot to distract Jane from the tragedy about to befall her mother, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. Yet that’s just what happens as Jane and Toby fly to the mysterious Summer Island, where an old friend of Eve’s breeds and rehabilitates dogs with heightened powers of empathy and longevity. With Toby in good hands, Jane plans to fly home to Georgia to see Eve and her father, Joe Quinn, until a sniper’s bullet leaves her in mortal danger. Distraction firmly set in place, Jim Doane can finally complete his diabolic plan to kidnap Eve and force her to reconstruct the skull of his son Kevin, a sadistic child killer once involved with Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Launching yet another spin-off trilogy featuring her intrepid heroine Duncan, with installments planned for July and October of this year, Johansen weaves a complicated plot laden with repeat performers from her best-selling past thrillers. Prior knowledge of earlier works is required for full appreciation. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With a 300,000-copy print run and a seven-figure, yearlong major marketing blitz, the launch of the first book in Johansen’s new trilogy will pull in fans. --Carol Haggas

About the Author

Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of Sleep No More, What Doesn’t Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve, Chasing the Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora’s Daughter, Quicksand, Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One to Trust, and more. And with her son, Roy Johansen, she has coauthored Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder.

Product Details

  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250019982
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RLPPS6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How disappointing April 22, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I have read and loved every book by Iris Johansen and can honestly say I felt cheated by this book. 200 pages of intro before any action, then to have to purchase another book (probably 200 pages) just to get to the action part. These three books should have been incorporated into one. I am very disappointed and based on the first book will probably not purchase book 2 or 3. $16 for an e-book containing 200 pages was certainly not worth it..especially since there was very little "suspense."
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My Last Eve Duncan Book! April 22, 2013
By D. Bell
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Halfway through this book I had almost decided not to finish it, but I had promised it to my daughter, so I soldiered on to the end. There are so many things about this book that I dislike that I hardly know where to begin.

First of all, it is not complete but the first of yet another trilogy. I hate this, especially when months will go by before the next two are released. I dislike this, but I could have lived with it. This is my minor quibble.

Second and most important, the villains are getting darker and darker. Every time I finish one of her books, I feel the need to take a bath. Kevin is like the Son of Satan and his father Doane, who may once have been a good, decent man, has been seduced to the dark side by his evil offspring to the point where he has procured young children to provide his son "release" by ravishing and murdering them. In my reviews of the last several Eve Duncan books, I have asked for a villain like a Thomas Crown or a Neal Caffrey or the Leverage crew, who steals from the rich and/or the bad guys but does not do any physical harm to anyone. Instead, they have become worse and worse.

Third, I am sick and tired of everyone's obsession with Eve. She is the center of the universe for Joe and Jane as well. They don't just love her--they worship her. Nothing matters to either of them but Eve; Venable's men who are in danger or have died do not really concern them at all, only Eve. The one thing I don't like about J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas books is that Roarke, Eve's husband, is too perfect. Joe & Jane see Eve the same way. Jane is a young woman who should focus on her own life and her two suitors. Instead it's "Eve, Eve, Eve!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Left me hanging April 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I hate it when authors don't finish the story in one book, I don't want to wait months to find out what happens to eve. I am a fan of the series but after this am disgusted enough that I probably will not buy the next one or anymore.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 22, 2013
By Pat
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been reading Iris Johansen books for over 20 years. I have read all the EVE books and think they are great. I was very disappointed and upset when I got to the end of the book and realized I would need to buy the next book to see how this ended. This bothers me! Iris Johansen does not need to use tactics like this to get people to buy her books
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I've read My Last Eve Duncan book May 21, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I have read the entire Eve Duncan catalog. When I reached the "conclusion" of this book, I was stunned. While a new protagonist and a few antagonists are introduced, the book moves very slowly and it is full of fluff - re-statement and re-hashing of character development and story line - and then it abruptly stops. When I came back to Amazon to figure out the deal, I saw that I could buy segment 2 in July and segment 3 (is that really the last or is there a 4,5,6?) in October. Not me, for me Eve Duncan went off the cliff. The end.

One of the reasons I enjoy reading so much more than watching TV is the opportunity to enjoy a story from beginning to end without the artificial construct of a cliff hanger. But that's exactly what this book does to the reader - leaves them hanging in mid-air. Knowing Eve had finally found Bonnie, I had hoped for a new thread, and this book almost hinted at one, but did not provide any real development of the concept - I guess I'd have to buy parts 2,3,4,5,6 to get that satisfaction along with the conclusion of this particular story line. This small piece of the next stage of Eve's world would have been better written, introduced, and priced as a short story.

Not only do I expect "value," in a book - a reasonable price for an engaging, deeply-developed, and well-written story - I expect respect and fair treatment from the author. I read series because I enjoy the continued characters, themes, and threads, but I don't expect to come to the end of a book and be left holding a handful of loose ends with no satisfactory progress for those characters, themes and threads.

Other series writers don't do this to their readers.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed... and done. April 22, 2013
By LisaP
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been an Iris Johansen fan for a long time and managed to hang in there until the Bonnie saga was complete. However, this is probably my last "Eve" book. I have to agree with an earlier reviewer - Joe and Jane's obsessive focus on Eve and total disregard for anyone and everyone else is just way over the top. I'll admit that I've never been a fan of Joe's constant caveman chest beating, but his non-stop threats and bluster in this book were completely ridiculous. Jane is also quickly becoming entirely unlikeable as a character. I would be disappointed that the book was little more than an expensive set-up for the next two books, but I'm not interested enough to even find out how the story ends (because we all know how it will end when it comes right down to it) so that's a moot point.
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Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run, and many more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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