Shadow Play is a New York Times bestselling Eve Duncan novel 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.
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!
Wow! I absolutely couldn't stop reading this novel. I love the Eve Dunkin series. Always thrilling. This was filled with mystery, paranormal, romance, super bad guys, odd ones, danger, mind blowing twists and turns. A constant current of emotions and torment. Absolutely a favorite!