Blind Alley (Eve Duncan Series #5)

Blind Alley (Eve Duncan Series #5)

by Iris Johansen

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The New York Times bestselling author of Firestorm, Iris Johansen, returns with a psychological thriller so terrifying, so relentlessly paced, it won’t leave you time to catch your breath before the next shock comes. A forensic sculptor is locked in a deadly duel with a serial killer determined to destroy her—one life at a time.

Eve Duncan’s job is to put a face on the faceless victims of violent crimes. Her work not only comforts their survivors—but helps catch their killers. But there is another, more personal reason that Eve Duncan is driven to do the kind of work she does—a dark nightmare from a past she can never bury. And as she works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, that past is about to return all over again.

The victim is a Jane Doe found murdered, her face erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed her wasn’t just trying to hide her identity. The plan was far more horrifying. For as the face forms under Eve’s skilled hands, she is about to get the shock of her life. The victim is someone she knows all too well. Someone who isn’t dead. Yet.

Instantly Eve’s peaceful life is shattered. The sanctuary of the lakeside cottage she shares with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and their adopted daughter Jane has been invaded by a killer who’s sent the grimmest of threats: the face of his next victim. To stop him, Eve must put her own life in the balance and question everything and everyone she trusts. Not even Quinn can go where Eve must go this time.

As the trail of faceless bodies leads to a chilling revelation, Eve finds herself trying to catch a master murderer whose grisly work is a testament to a mind warped by perversion and revenge. Now she must pit her skills against his in a showdown where the stakes are life itself—and where the unbearable cost of failure will make Eve’s own murder seem like a mercy killing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399182235
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Eve Duncan Series , #5
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 129,746
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

IRIS JOHANSEN, who has more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print, has won many awards for her achievements in writing. The bestselling author of Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One to Trust, Body of Lies, The Search, Final Target, and many other novels, she lives near Atlanta, Georgia, where she is currently at work on a new novel.

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Blind Alley 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all the other Eve Duncan novels and have enjoyed them. I'm almost to the end of this one and it has been a real struggle. If I have anything else to read I leave it and return later. All the metaphysical stuff, Jane identifying with someone that died 2000 years ago, is just too far out there and not believable at all. I hope future novels don't follow suit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book may have had a good plot but the more I read, the more it went no where. This is not another book about Eve. This is about 17 year-old Jane who talks and act like a 30 year-old femme fatale and Xena Warrior Princess roled into one teenager.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Eve Duncan Books and always look forward to the next one. It is nice to know that the plots change in all of them even if they might seem slow at the beginning
avid-readerCA More than 1 year ago
love the series, keeps you on the edge of your chair, later books in series are too short though so beware as costs only go up--still, am looking forward to next book
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, i had picked up 'Face of Daecption' and i loved it, so i read the sequel, 'The Killing Game' i also loved that so i decided to read the next one, 'Body of Lies' i loved that too, so the fourth book that had all the same characters in that order was 'Blind Alley' well i was kind of dissapointed. all the others were fantastic, i hope shes not losing her touch but i didnt care for it much, it took me longer to get threw it, like a week, which is long. she flirted w/ the idea of Jane and Trevor, and then just said 'nah, i wont let her be happy w/ someone' that was a dissapointment, but it wasnt that bad, just differant wwith a new main character but same story line. i guess i would still read it, but not like a hundred times like 'Face of Decption'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of I.J. BOOKS, and I have to say that this one is very diappointing. I am in the middle of the book right now, and I will finish it, but after reading the other reviews I have to agree that this one is a little far-fetched, and I hope the others to come will be more like the previous books that she has written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading Iris Johansen's books in the past, especially the Eve Duncan series. I felt a bit let down with this one, however. I know the author intended that Jane and Eve SHARE the spotlight, but Jane completely ran over Eve instead! I found Jane a bit unbelievable and Eve a bit depthless. I'm sorry, Iris, but you'll have to do better with the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read an Iris Johanson book before and I probably never will again. This read like something I would have written in high school. The story line was weak and the constant dialogue was annoying. Even the way the people conversed was grating on my last nerve. If I had not paid for the book, I would have not finished it and not regreted it. I was not impressed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel that i have been able to put down and come back to. Normally i am unable to put down johanson novels she has me hooked...........not this time though. I hope the next one is more addictive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy this authors writing but this book was so out of touch with reality that I couldn't enjoy it at all. Since I make myself finish what I start I finished the book but now that I see her next book is to be more of the same, I will not buy it.
Boutabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first half of the book kept my attention. The suspense was building as Jane was in peril. When Johnansen wrote about Aldo, and Trevor, I couldn't read fast enough.Eve was a facinating character, and I wish there would have been more about her forensic sculpting. After completing one case, there was no more mention of her facial constructions.Towards the middle of the book, I was getting so bored that I started to skip pages. Ultimately, I went directly to the last chapter, and was gratified that I didn't miss much.At one point, Toby (the dog) was hurt. He ended up being ok, but I hate reading stories where an animal is hurt.When I started to read Blind Alley, I was happy that I had a new author to look forward to adding to my list. Now, I think I will take her off. I am sure there are devoted fans (my friend's daughter), but to each his own.
jemerritt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blind Alley ¿ Eve Duncan¿s adopted daughter Jane MacGuire is the primary focus of this story where Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn are hot on the trail of trying to capture a serial killer who murders then removes the faces of his victims.Eve, a forensic sculptor is asked to reconstruct the skull of a murdered woman. When the reconstruction is completed not only does the woman bare an uncanny resemblance to other women who have been murdered in the U.K., she also disturbingly looks at lot like Eve¿s daughter Jane.Now desperate to protect Jane from a madman who is relentless in the pursuit of his goal to rid the world of women who look like an ancient woman named Cira, who died two thousand years ago, Eve and Joe find they have to deal with another player.Mark Trevor, not only knows the killer but also has a past with the demented man. Determined to track him down Trevor isn¿t above putting Jane in danger or circumventing the authorities.Together Jane and Mark are thrust into the world of ancient scrolls and hidden tunnels in the city of Herculaneum with the killer one step behind them, or to their determinate, more like one step ahead of them.As in most Iris Johansen novels there is an added element to the story. In this one dreams of past lives take us down the path of possible re-incarnation. As well, old characters are flushed out and new characters are brought into the mix in order to give the reader a taste that these characters may reappear in a future story.Blind Alley was an enjoyable read, giving me enough to want to read the next instalment, Countdown.
Lorla More than 1 year ago
I have been enjoying Johansen's Eve Duncan series (in order) however, to finish this one, was complete torture. I had to force myself to get to the end. I am shocked that Johansen put pen to this one ~ none of the story line is believe and JANE, oh my goodness, a complete boring, annoying character if there ever was one. Too bad that some 1st time buyers got this one and will most likely never pick up this author again. Shame as she is very talented and most of her books are enjoyable ~ but certainly not this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great end to the Scotland Moscow series with Eve Duncan. Ready for another!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The very beginning and the very end was great but the middle was very slow and boring...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Learned about Pompeii and Helena.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say Blind Alley is interesting to a point but mainly due to the historical details rather than the very predictable plot. No surprises really. Also, the characters were quite flat. Eve comes across as a weakling and Joe seems like a scmuck. Jane is the main character here but she is not very believable. I might even say she seems a bit spoiled. Boring!!! Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know all Baileigh wants is sexm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I forced myself to finish this book & seeing that the next one is also dealing w/Jane, I'll probably skip that one. Shame. I wanted to read the whole series in order, but I can't take another one like this one.
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