Book Review

BLIND ALLEY
by Iris Johansen

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

2004 Best Suspense Nominee

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The results of forensic
sculptor Eve Duncan's
latest project chill her blood: The victim's face is a dead ringer for her 17-year-old adopted daughter, Jane.

Eve's longtime lover, Detective Joe Quinn, learns that a Scotland Yard detective has been making inquiries about their
victim, claiming that she is just one of an international string of look-alike women murdered by a serial killer.

Having grown up on the mean streets, Jane is no pushover. Recently, though, she's been plagued by frightening dreams of a woman named Cira fighting her way though dark smoke- and heat-filled tunnels. Jane
is disturbed to learn that Cira was a real woman who lived two thousand years ago and could be her twin. It seems that the killer is also obsessed with Cira and is making every attempt to wipe out all traces of her—including those who wear her face.

Feisty Jane really comes into her own
in Johansen's stunning and terrifying new thriller. The Eve Duncan books are always emotionally charged and gripping, but now Jane is about to give Eve a run for her money as great heroine material. (Sep., 336 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M . Smith

Publisher: Bantam

Published: September 2004

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3 Stars

Average Rating: 3 Stars
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Blind Alley

Submitted by Robin in PA on April 3, 2011 - 9:07pm.

Forensic Sculptor Eve Duncan is shocked to see the face she has reconstructed on a murder victim is the face of her 17-year-old adopted daughter.  A serial killer has moved through Europe and the USA, killing women who resemble a statue of a woman killed during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.  Scotland Yard's Mark Trevor has been sent to help find him.  Eve doesn't trust him, but Jane believes he can help find the killer before the killer targets her.

I thought the first part of the book was interesting, especially the addition of Mark Trevor.  But somewhere in the middle of the story, it lost steam for me.  This was more a story of Eve's daughter, Jane, dealing with a serial killer who has specifically targeted her.  My rating:  3.5 Stars.