The Naked Eye by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Blog Tour
Description: It's been four months since the events of Sight Unseen, and Kendra Michaels is obsessed with trying to track down serial killer Eric Colby. Despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is alive. The trouble is, she can't prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation, honed while blind during the first twenty years of her life, have gotten her nowhere. So no one believes her. (from Goodreads)
Until a reporter who ambushes Kendra is murdered in a horrific way that mirrors Colby's MO and until a police detective involved in the case disappears.
Why I Picked This Book: This is an author I've been wanting to try for quite some time so I was excited to participate in this tour.
There are certain genres where I really have to like the main characters to really like the book. Luckily mysteries - particularly of the more thriller variety - isn't one of those genres. I didn't really like Kendra. I found her interesting, intelligent, and incredibly driven but she's not someone I'd want to go to coffee with. I would however pick her to investigate my murder. I did like Beth and Sam and thought they contributed significantly to both the investigation and the tone of the book. I'd like to see more of Lynch but I suspect we will see more of him in later books and I got the feeling he'd been a bigger character in previous books. We are well into the Kendra Michaels series but that didn't get in the way of getting into this particular story. For starters the authors did a good job of keeping the character list manageable. There aren't 100 FBI agents and detectives all with detailed backstories you have to keep up with. I'm sure that Kendra has quite a history with Griffin, Lynch and the rest of the characters but all I needed to know for this story was contained in the pages of this book.
The pacing was very good and I found that I could jump back into the story pretty quickly if I had to put it down for any time. Colby is a seriously creepy guy and this was definitely a book that if I was reading at night I had to read a chapter or two of something happy before I went to sleep. Colby is not someone I'd want appearing in my dreams!
Overall, this was a quick read with a scary bad guy, interesting characters, an intense pace and a well done mystery. While this was my first book by the Johansens it won't be my lat.
Giveaway: As part of the tour they're giving away 1 copy of the first book in the series Close Your Eyes for each tour stop. That means that one commentor today will get a copy of the first Kendra Michaels book. The rules are simple - just leave a comment with the email address that you can be reached at. On Monday, August 10th at 11:59 CST I'll pick a random number and contact that person. US/Canada only please!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes, I'd especially like to read the book where we are introduced to Beth.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, while it is suspenseful and creepy I don't think it's too over the top. I think most mystery readers would enjoy it.