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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
339 pages ; 25 cm
9781250075864 (hardcover)
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Author Notes
Iris Johansen was born on April 7, 1938. She started writing when her two children were in college. A year later she finished her first novel, a contemporary romance. After writing many best-selling historical romances and fantasies, including the Sedikhan and Clanad series, she turned to suspense fiction. Her works include And Then You Die, The Ugly Duckling, Pandora's Daughter, Killer Dreams, Dead Aim, No One to Trust, The Perfect Witness, Night Watch, the Eve Duncan series, the Catherine Ling series, and the Kendra Michaels series. <p> (Bowker Author Biography) Iris Johansen is the bestselling author of "The Ugly Duckling", "Long After Midnight", "And Then You Die", "The Face of Deception", "The Killing Game", & "The Search". She lives near Atlanta, Georgia. <p> (Publisher Provided)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Eve Duncan (Female), Forensic sculptor, Adoptive mother, Fled from California to the highlands to protect the young girl in her care; hunting down the girl after she is kidnapped
Joe Quinn (Male), Police detective, Adoptive father, In a relationship with Eve
Jane MacGuire (Female), Adopted, Eve and Joe's adoptive daughter
Cara Delaney (Girl), Kidnapped, Being taken care of by Eve and Joe
Forensic anthropology
Unidentified bodies
Murder investigations
Scotland - Europe
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

A box containing a severely burned skull, found in a car parked outside Eve Duncan's Georgia home, presents a tantalizing puzzle in bestseller Johansen's intriguing 22nd novel featuring the forensic sculptor (after 2017's Mind Game). Eve goes to work reconstructing the skull's owner, taking care to minimize its exposure to her inquisitive six-year-old son, Michael. When her 18-year-old ward, Cara Delaney, comes for a visit with her roommate, Darcy Nichols, Eve is struck by Darcy's incredible resemblance to the face of the reconstructed skull. Might Darcy have a twin? Meanwhile, Eve's husband, former Navy SEAL Joe Quinn, believes that a recent attack on Cara at her New York apartment might be connected to the burned skull. As Joe and Cara's longtime friend Jock Gavin try to keep Cara safe, they come to realize that the person who orchestrated Cara's assault could have sinister designs against Eve and Michael. Mother and son share eerie yet convincing ESP experiences along the twisty path to the truth. Fans of paranormal suspense will be rewarded. Agent: Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

In Johansen's latest Eve Duncan tale, following Mind Game (2017), a package containing a charred skull is ominously delivered to Eve's lake cottage, and as the renowned forensic sculptor begins creating the image of the person beneath the carnage, her six-year-old son, Michael, forms a preternaturally wise attachment to the woman he names Sylvie. Meanwhile, Eve's ward, Cara Delaney, is attacked in her Carnegie Tech dorm room, and Cara's close friend and protector, Jock Gavin, insists that she and her roommate, Darcy Nichols, leave for the safety of Eve's cottage. When Darcy walks in the door, it's as if Eve's reconstruction has come to life, for the woman on the worktable is none other than Darcy's twin, who is, in fact, named Sylvie. In Eve's world there is no such thing as coincidence; indeed, the brutal killer who murdered Darcy's sister and attacked Cara is intent on destroying both girls' families in a deranged quest for vengeance. Johansen is beloved for her strong female protagonists, and Cara and Darcy are worthy additions to this coterie of heroines.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2018 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

A mad bomber is on the loose, and forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her family are in the cross hairs.A shadow falls over Eve and her husband Joe Quinn's idyllic lakeside cabin in Georgia when she receives a box containing a burned skull with a bullet hole. The box also contains two mirrors: one intact and one shattered. Her preternaturally empathetic and articulate 6-year-old son, Michael, gives the skull a name: Sylvie. When Eve completes the reconstruction, the result is a stunningly beautiful young woman. Meanwhile, at New York's Carnegie Tech, Eve's ward, 18-year-old violin prodigy Cara Delaney, and her roommate, jaded former child actress Darcy Nichols, are shocked when Cara is attacked in their room one night. She's injured but OK, and Jock Gavin, the spectacularly attractive former assassin who is Cara's longtime bestie (although Cara yearns for morecue the sparks), is convinced the attack has something to do with Cara's possessive grandfather Mafia kingpin Sergai Kaskov. Cara cuts classes short and heads off for a visit with Eve, inviting Darcy along. They arrive at the cabin, and lo and behold, the reconstructed skull is a dead ringer for Darcy. She's shocked and explains that she has a hidden twin, Sylvia, a physically and mentally disabled girl whose existence their mother insisted Darcy keep secret so it wouldn't cloud her acting career. Could the skull actually belong to Sylvia? Well, sure, anything can happen in Johansen's universe, and they discover that all clues point to former Irish Republican Army member Rory Norwalk, a psycho who will stop at nothing to hit Eve right where it hurts, including targeting her beloved Michael. When Norwalk's handiwork results in a horrific tragedy, Eve decides to take action and must ask for help from someone as dangerous as he is. There's actually a fun plot here, and Darcy is a charming addition, but it's bogged down by an overabundance of navel-gazing, coincidence, and lots and lots of dialogue, much of it expository, in an obvious effort to catch readers up on the characters' complicated backgrounds.Exhausting. Only die-hard fans need apply. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p> From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Silencing Eve (January 2014) comes Shattered Mirror, a new explosive thriller featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. </p> <p>Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is once again thrown into a deadly game of intrigue when she receives a cryptic package containing a skull and a two sided mirror. Eve is determined to reconstruct the skull and uncover the mystery of the person's identity, and when she does, the face of a beautiful woman begins to emerge. But who is she?</p> <p>As Eve gets closer and closer to finding the answer, she becomes swept up in a lethal chase that spans continents and threatens to destroy the family that she has worked so hard to bring together. Eve and her team must work quickly to discover who is behind the murder - and maybe even prevent more loss of life. But how do you fight a killer who is willing to destroy anyone as a means to an end?</p> <p>No one is safe in #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen's next explosive, high-stakes thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seat through every heart-pounding chapter.</p>
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