Shadow Play is a New York Times bestseller from Iris Johansen.
Eve Duncan is the most sought-after artist in the field of forensic sculpting. Dedicated to her work ever since her daughter Bonnie was taken and killed at the age of seven, Eve feels a sense of duty to those whose lives were lost and whose bones are now in her hands.
When a sheriff in California contacts her with a request for help on the reconstruction of the skull of a nine-year-old girl whose body has been buried for eight years, his intensity and investment in the case puzzle her. But when the ghost of the girl begins communicating with her, Eve finds herself wrapped up in the case more intensely than she could have ever imagined. Not since Bonnie has Eve had such an experience, and suddenly she finds herself determined to solve the murder and help the little girl find peace.
Except that the killer is still out there, and he knows Eve is on the case. And he won't rest until anything and anyone that could reveal his identity is eliminated…
Early in bestseller Johansen's intense 18th Eve Duncan novel (after 2013's Silencing Eve), the Atlanta-based forensic sculptor agrees to do a reconstruction job on the skull of a nine-year-old girl, who disappeared about eight years earlier, for Sheriff John Nalchek of Sonderville, Calif., who's sure if he just has a face to work with he can discover the girl's identity and killer. The sheriff's passion surprises Eve. Even more surprising are the emotions Eve feels during the reconstruction, especially when she senses the deceased girl talking to her and even views her apparition. After someone intercepts the skull on its way back to Sonderville, Eve and her paramour, former FBI agent Joe Quinn, travel to California to assist Nalchek in finding the thief and in stopping the murderer from killing again. Johansen delivers a no-holds-barred mystery that maintains suspense throughout and boasts a cast of multifaceted characters.
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Shadow Play by Iris Johansen is the nineteenth book in the Eve Duncan series (wow!). Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor, receives a call from Sheriff John Nalchek (from Sonderville, California) asking Eve to do a reconstruction for him. They just found the body of a nine-year-old little girl. She has been buried for about eight years. He would like Eve to put the little girl ahead of her other cases. Eve understands because of the loss of her daughter, Bonnie. Eve agrees and starts work on the skull when she receives it. For some reason, Eve feels drawn to this skull and then she starts hearing the little girls voice (Eve calls her Jenny). The girls spirit is still around (this has not happened with any other reconstruction since Bonnie). She does not know why (yet). But someone does not want Eve to complete the reconstruction. The killer is watching. When the reconstruction, note, and photos are all stolen, Eve and her significant other, Joe Quinn (a police officer) head to California. They insist on helping the sheriff with his case. Eve cannot let this case go. The killer is keeping a close eye because he does not wish to be caught. Can Eve catch the killer and help Jenny move on?
Shadow Play can be read as a stand-alone book, but it would help if you read the other books in the series (to understand Eve, the relationships, etc.). I enjoyed Shadow Play, but I felt it went on a little too long. I liked the paranormal element, but it was not used enough in the story (found it a little lacking). The book is well-written and engaging. You keep reading to find out what happens next. It just got a little slow in the middle (it was just too long). I give Shadow Play 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I will definitely be reading more of Iris Johansen’s books.
I received a complimentary copy of Shadow Play in exchange for an honest review.
This was a fast paced book, a lot of fun to read and of course Eve finds a way to save the day!
I recommend this book and can't wait to see the other books in this trilogy!
Another Amazing Eve Story
I loved this book! This is another Eve Duncan book and it is just as good as all the others.
Eve is a forensic sculptor, she gives faces children in order to try to bring them home. These kids have been murdered. This one is a little different for Eve. She gets a call from a Sheriff in California asking her to do the reconstruction and to please put it ahead of all others. She agrees, and she starts on the reconstruction soon after getting it. Eve gives all of the children a name while she works on them. When she is trying to come up with a name for this one. She hears I think my name is Jenny. This is the first time she has a connection to a skull that she is working on. She has conversations with her dead daughter Bonnie but never has she seen or had another victim talk to her.
After Eve is finished and sends the finished reconstruction to the Sheriff in California. Things go to hell. The skull is stolen. Eve is not about to let this go, she is going to find it and bring this girl home if its the last thing she does. This story takes you on the Hunt for the murderer.
We get to see a familiar face in this story. As always Joe is a big part of this story. And the ending... all I can is I didnt see that coming! I can't wait to dive into the next Eve Book!