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CLOSE YOUR EYES by Iris Johansen


by Iris JohansenRoy Johansen

Pub Date: July 17th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-312-61161-3
Publisher: St. Martin's

Johansen and her son, Roy, team up for their fourth collaborative effort (Shadow Zone, 2010, etc.).

Dr. Kendra Michaels, a music therapist, doesn’t seem like your average crime fighter, but Kendra’s track record is impressive. She’s helped police crack plenty of tough cases. Although she has no crime-fighting background, the first 20 years of her life have heightened her senses, and she can see, hear, smell and feel things no one else can. Born blind, Kendra had sight-restoring surgery, but regaining her ability to see hasn’t changed her gift for zeroing in on details that often get by others. So, when someone starts killing random people, former FBI agent Adam Lynch, who is now investigative freelancing, ropes her into helping the feds find the killer. Kendra hadn’t planned to get involved in another case, but an FBI agent named Jeff, who is also an old boyfriend of hers, has gone missing, and the bureau believes he was snatched while trying to find the serial killer. Kendra fights the idea of joining the investigation and gives everyone from Adam to the FBI’s special agent in charge a hard time. Then things get weird, and suddenly Kendra finds herself on the receiving end of the violence. After narrowly escaping an attack, Kendra plunges into the case but soon finds it’s forcing her to reexamine both her old relationship with Jeff and her new one with Adam. The law enforcement agents are all either corrupt or inept, and the supposed heat that builds between Kendra and Adam is tepid and uninteresting. While the foray into music therapy is compelling, the writers strain credulity with the premise that any federal agency would put up with someone as unpleasant and rude as Kendra, much less let her call the shots.

A not-so-thrilling thriller that leaves readers wishing that the bad guys were better shots.