Blind Alley

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 herone 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 survivorsbut helps catch their killers. But there is another, more personal reason that Eve Duncan is driven to do the kind of work she doesa 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 itselfand where the unbearable cost of failure will make Eve's own murder seem like a mercy killing. From the Hardcover edition.

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By Kim (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · January 14, 2009
Characters are completely unrealistic. The plot is full of holes and also completely unrealistic. And the most annoying part of this is that the author seems to think, or pretends, that the story and characters are perfectly plausible.

I would not recommend this book. ...more
By Phani Tholeti · ★★★☆☆ · May 08, 2011
A 17 year old who is worse risk taker than a pro-gambler, and is yet mature than both her around-30 yr old foster parents. A mature teenager is fine, but a super-teen?? This is more in the Hardy boys/Nancy Drew lines. And why even call it a "forensic" mystery? All the forensics that was seen in t... ...more
By Shamoiya (Kingston, 08, Jamaica) · ★★★★☆ · March 06, 2015
I don't believe I've read this book at least twenty times, I believe I jumped into it and lived through every character in twenty different lifetimes. I feel the haunting pain Eve still feels ten years later, after loosing Bonnie; I embrace the defiant and keen mind set of Jane and taken aback by... ...more
By April · ★★★★☆ · January 01, 2015
Okay, so I really, really love Eve's adopted daughter, Jane. And since this book (and the next) focus on Jane's adventures rather than on Eve or any of Eve's friends... WIN!

This one, though - it was perhaps one of the scarier ones in the series thus far, because it concerns a killer that is targe... ...more
By Khandoba (Sangli, 19, India) · ★★★☆☆ · January 28, 2015
Let me start by telling that I liked the story. With all its pros and cons it is really engrossing plot. Johansen is great with twists and turns to keep readers engulfed.
Well, that's just the story. Character buildup is not okay. Jane Macguire is a girl of seventeen who has maturity of woman and... ...more
By Robin (Brookville, PA) · ★★★☆☆ · July 27, 2014
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. Scotla... ...more
By Mary (Mentor, OH) · ★★★★☆ · March 25, 2015
Book 5 in the Eve Duncan series.

When Eve is asked to do a skull reconstruction of a murder victim, she is hesitant, but since it was Joe who asked her, Eves agrees. When she is done, Eve realizes that the woman looks like Jane, her adopted daughter, and that there is a serial killer looking to ki... ...more
By Rita (Folsom, PA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · November 12, 2014
I wrote a previous review but it may have self destructed because it was done as in progress comment or was done as review & complete. I only see my comment from earlier in the book. So here's my review--- I cannot finish this book. I got to page 100, and the agony of bland detail with no des... ...more
By Scott · ★★☆☆☆ · December 28, 2012
Iris Johansen's "Blind Alley" is the 24th book in her series featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, but it's the first one I've read. Duncan basically works for the police, who bring her bodies that are unrecognizable due to decay. Her job is to "reconstruct" the faces of the victims, so that th... ...more
By Elizabeth (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · August 04, 2011
I liked this book a lot better than previous one as this one actually has Eve involved a little bit as the previous one was all about Sarah and no mention of Eve. I am an Iris Johansen fan though.

This story gives the reader more insight to Jane MacGuire, Eve and Joe 17yo adopted daughter. I enjoy... ...more