Book Review – “Quinn” by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Series)

  Title:  Quinn (Eve Duncan Series)

Author:  Iris Johansen

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis (from

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen explores the darkest corners of the human heart as forensic sculptor Eve Duncan closes in on the killer who stole her daughter so many years ago.

As a former Navy SEAL turned cop, Joe Quinn has seen the face of evil and knows just how deadly it can be. When he first met Eve Duncan, he never expected to fall in love with a woman whose life would be defined by her dual desires to bring home her missing daughter and discover the truth behind her disappearance—no matter how devastating. With the help of CIA agent Catherine Ling, they make a shocking discovery that sheds new light on young Bonnie’s abduction and puts Quinn squarely in the crosshairs of danger. Eve’s first love, John Gallo, a soldier supposedly killed in the line of duty, is very much alive—and very much a threat.

Emotionally charged, with one shock after another, Quinn reveals the electricity of Joe and Eve’s first connection, and how they fell in love in the midst of haunting tragedy. As their search takes them deeper and deeper into a web of murder and madness, Joe and Eve must confront their most primal fears . . . and test their resolve to uncover the ultimate bone-chilling truth.

My thoughts:  This is the second book in a trilogy that falls within the Eve Duncan series (Eve, Quinn, Bonnie).  I thought this book was FANTASTIC!  I have read the entire Eve Duncan series and love it.  This book begins in the past, taking a look at how Joe Quinn and Eve met over the tragic disappearance of Eve’s daughter Bonnie, and then jumps to present day and picks up the hunt for Bonnie’s “killer” right where it left off in “Eve”.  As with all the books in this series, I thought it was fast pasted and exciting.  All I can say about the end of this book is – WOW!  I got to the last page and literally was like “Are you kidding me, there are no more pages left, there has to more pages left!  It can’t end like this.”  Needless to say, I can’t wait to get to the library to dig in to Bonnie to see what happens. Thank goodness it’s Saturday tomorrow!

As much as I love this series, I will say that I am hoping and praying that the whole Bonnie thing (who killed her? is she dead? where is she?) comes to a conclusion in the next book.  I feel like Iris Johansen has really dragged the Bonnie storyline out too long.  In the first books in the series, the Bonnie storyline was present but took a backseat to the cases Eve was working on – which were very interesting.  Over time, the books began to shift focus almost exclusively on the Bonnie storyline and I found myself thinking enough is enough already.  Let’s resolve this storyline!  As the story kept going on and on, the character of Eve seemed to become more whiny and needy, which is not how she was portrayed at the beginning.  Iris – please resolve this!!!!

An interesting twist to the last few book in this series including Chasing the Night (2010) and this Eve, Quinn, Bonnie trilogy, is the addition of the character of Catherine Ling.  It looks as if Iris Johansen is starting an entirely different series around Catherine Ling character which proves to be interesting and exciting.  Catherine Ling was abandoned in Hong Kong at age 4, recruited by the CIA in her teens, and now works as a CIA operative.  I like her character and can’t wait to read the newest in Catherine’s series “What Doesn’t Kill You ” (2012).

All in all, a great, fast-paced read!  Definitely one for the beach or for a long plane ride!

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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