Book Review: “Your Next Breath” by Iris Johansen (Catherine Ling #4)


Title:  Your Next Breath

Author:  Iris Johansen

Series:  Catherine Ling (#4)

Catherine Ling created a brand-new life for herself, far from her rough beginnings on the streets of Hong Kong. But someone has followed her trail…and is playing a deadly game with her, striking closer to her heart with each blow. First, there’s the death of the former prostitute who helped Catherine when she was still a child. Next, the CIA operative who had known her ever since she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen. And now Luke is in the killer’s sights.

Luke is Catherine’s only son. Kidnapped when he was only two years old, Catherine devoted nine years of her life to finding him-and she will not lose him again. Can Catherine, who has made countless enemies throughout her life, protect the ones she loves the most-including Eve Duncan, whose forensic skills were instrumental in freeing Luke-without putting her own life at risk? All she knows is that she will die trying…if the killer doesn’t get to her first.


My thoughts:  We met Catherine Ling in one of Johansen’s Eve Duncan books . . . and I immediately fell in love with her.  I loved her strength, her story, her life, her job .. . I just loved her character.  Now as we enter book 4 I must say that the Catherine Ling books and character are getting a bit formulaic and stale for me.  It feels a bit like the same story line over and over . . . Catherine Ling is haunted and hunted by a character from her past . . . that person and his goons come after her . . . her CIA friends save her  . . . and all is well with the world.   I just don’t feel like Catherine Ling is growing as a character at all.  I find her relationship with her son Luke and Hu Change increasingly odd over time and I just need to see some growth in these characters.

On a positive note, I did like that this book included quite a bit of action from characters we know from Johansen’s Eve Duncan series such as Eve, Joe, and Jane . . . it seemed to add a little bit more excitement to the series (but again, for the love of God please let Bonnie and all things having to do with Bonnie go, no more!!!)

Another thing that needs to be let go in the Johansen series is the . . . and I don’t even know how to characterize this . . . supernatural characters with odd powers . . . it’s just not my thing and I fail to see what it does for the book.

Of course, being a hardcore reader who doesn’t like to give up on my authors I will go back in for more from Johansen.

Overall, just an ok book for me . . . a bit slow and formulaic.

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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