Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen, Book Review

Book Summary: (Per the Author's Website)
A deadly multi-vehicle pile-up on San Diego’s historic Cabrillo bridge is thought of as a horrific accident–until Kendra Michaels arrives on the scene and perceives it as something much more sinister.  Blind for decades and now sighted, Kendra's highly developed skill for observation is highly sought after by both the FBI and CIA. Now her amazing conclusions open up a multi-jurisdictional investigation that once again teams her with the FBI and federal agent Adam Lynch.  Soon Kendra makes a chilling realization: the serial killer's murders are patterned after Kendra's own most famous cases. As the killer ensnares her in his deadly web, Kendra’s life hangs in the balance, as do the lives of those she holds most dear.

My Thoughts:
I am a huge Iris Johansen fan, especially the Eve Duncan series.  When Kendra Michaels was introduced into that series I was ensnared in her story line and was hoping to see her character develop more.

What I love about her writing style is that I never see exactly what is going to happen or who it will be.   I will get little hints where I am like I know who it is and then promptly feel that I must be wrong because of what is on the next scene.  IJ is an artist when it comes to painting pictures, drawing characters into life and building connections between the story and the reader.  I found myself tensing up with dread during some scenes, moved to clinching my fists and whispering "oh no" at some points, laughing at the absurdity of other scenes and sighing with relief or joy during other dialogue.

The tie ins to her previous appearances and with other characters was simply put...fantastic.  To see how her relationships have evolved (or stayed stagnant) was delicious.  I enjoy the way that IJ builds romance, friendship, love, loyalty, etc. among her characters as the background of the story while also ensuring that us readers thrive off of how each character and their situation is doing during and between stories.

At the end of the book I was thrilled to see how it ended, but still left a cliffhanger.  This book, like all her Eve Duncan books, was a huge success and kept me waiting for the next book in the series and rethinking the story for any clues or signs that I might have missed which could lead to the next storyline.  Also, as always, it left me wondering if there are truly people like Kendra out there and if so how must it be for them to sense, see and know so many things just from their observations!

Memorable Quotations:
"No. Not finished."..."Watch me. I'm just beginning."

"Dammit, being with Lynch was like riding a seesaw that pitched and changed with every second."

"She hurtled forward and found herself flat on her stomach. And face-to-face with a young woman's corpse. Kendra grabbed the corpse's shoulders and rolled over with it, intertwining her arms and legs with those of the decaying bodies on the canyon floor.  Kendra fought her gag reflex as the odor flooded her nasal passages."

"I say that you're the smartest woman I know, but I hope to hell you're wrong."

"It appears someone is re-creating your greatest hits, Dr. Michaels."
"Delicately put as always, Griffin."
"We both know there's nothing delicate about me.  Someone is taunting you, Dr. Michaels. It's no accident that they're doing it in your own backyard."

"Good God, are you still driving that ostentatious piece of junk?". . . "Did it ever occur to you that most men don't require that kind of ego building?"
"I don't either, but I love great pieces of machinery, and I'm willing to pay for them.". . ."Bad night?"
"Rotton. But I'd still think this luxury cruiser was unnecessary if I'd slept like a baby."
"But you wouldn't be so rude as to tell me so.". . ."Correction. You probably would. What was I thinking."

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Have you read this book? Are you now moved to read this story and get enthralled by Kendra Michaels? Let me know what you thought!

I was not given this book for a review, I merely am an avid reader and enjoy reading Iris Johansen's books.


  1. This sounds like a pretty awesome book, and I love the cover ^^ I always like a book that is unpredictable with a lot of twists and turns in it, so this sounds right up my street!

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