Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blog Tour: The Naked Eye by Iris and Roy Johansen

Authors: Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date of publication: July 2015

Kendra Michaels was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice. And yet, despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can’t prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation-developed to an amazing capacity during the twenty years she spent blind and now in constant demand by law enforcement agencies-have gotten her nowhere.

But then a reporter who very publicly humiliated Kendra is murdered. Visiting the crime scene in search of anything that might link the brutal homicide to Colby, Kendra instead finds evidence that points to her. Finally Colby’s master plan becomes clear to her: he is framing Kendra for murder.

Suspicions mount and Kendra is thrust into deadly pursuit to clear her name and catch the killer no one believes exists anymore. A killer who is always nearby, watching, waiting to make his next move, even as everyone believes him to be dead. A killer whose trail of destruction is invisible to the naked eye, despite the carnage he leaves in his wake. It will take everything Kendra has to find and stop Colby-and save her own life one more time.

I'll start by saying that I went into this book not having read any of the books prior to this one.  It's the third in a series featuring Kendra Michaels.  For the most part, I thought it did a pretty good job as a stand alone, but there were times that I wished I had read the first couple to get more of a feel for the characters. Still, I really enjoyed The Naked Eye.  I felt like the story took off running and didn't let go until the end.

I loved Kendra.  I thought her to be a unique character as she had spent most of her early years blind. After groundbreaking surgery, she has gained her sight.  This has given her a cool ability to be extremely observant, which comes in handy in at crime scenes.  I loved how she could look at a scene and solve a crime in minutes.  That was pretty cool.  I also really liked the peripheral characters, especially Beth and Sam. I love me a geeky computer guy and a tough kick-ass woman! I will confess, I haven't read any of the Eve Duncan books, so I don't know the background on Beth and Eve, but this book has intrigued me enough to hunt them down.

The story involves Kendra's insistence that a serial killer she helped catch and have executed is still alive.  No one believes her.  This is where I kind of wished I had read the first books.  But the hunt for Colby was exciting and surprising, so I was able to let go of that regret.  I have read this mother/son team before in a stand alone before.  They make a great team!  I look forward to the Kendra's next case!

About the authors

IRIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing EveHunting EveTaking EveSleep No MoreWhat Doesn’t Kill YouBonnieQuinnEveChasing The NightEight Days to LiveBlood GameDeadlock, Dark SummerPandora’s DaughterQuicksandKiller DreamsOn The RunCountdownFirestormFatal TideDead AimNo One To Trust and more.

ROY JOHANSEN is an Edgar Award winning author and the son of Iris Johansen. He has written many acclaimed mysteries, including Deadly Visions, Beyond Belief and The Answer Man.
Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have together written Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder.

Connect with Iris and Roy

TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for The Naked Eye:
Tuesday, July 14th: Books that Hook
Wednesday, July 15th: BookBub – author guest post
Monday, July 20th: Kimberly’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, July 22nd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, July 23rd: From the TBR Pile
Monday, July 27th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Tuesday, July 28th: Life is Story
Monday, August 3rd: Vic’s Media Room
Monday, August 3rd: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Wednesday, August 5th: Mallory Heart Reviews
Monday, August 10th: Lilac Reviews – mini reviews of Books 1 & 2
Friday, August 14th: FictionZeal
Friday, August 14th: Luxury Reading
Monday, August 17th: Lilac Reviews
Tuesday, August 18th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, August 20th: Kay’s Reading Life

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that the story engaged you enough that you didn't continue regretting that you started with book 3. :)

Thanks for being a part of the tour!