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Close Your Eyes

Close Your Eyes, July 2012
Kendra Michaels #1
by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

St. Martin's Press
Featuring: Kendra Michaels; Adam Lynch
416 pages
ISBN: 0312611617
EAN: 9780312611613
Kindle: B0071NOJ9M
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A once-blind woman helps detectives with her powerful deductive senses and skills."

Fresh Fiction Review

Close Your Eyes
Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted August 23, 2012

Suspense | Thriller Serial Killer

Music therapist Kendra Michaels was blind for the first 20 years of her life, until a remarkable new surgery restored her eyesight seven years ago. The powerful perceptive abilities she learned while blind are still vital to her coping in the seeing world. However, after feeling shamefully used by Jeff Stedler, an FBI agent she was very close to, and being so drained, emotionally and physically, Kendra is not interested in that type of analytical work again.

When former FBI agent Adam Lynch seeks her help in a highly sensitive inquiry he's undertaking, Kendra's answer is an emphatic no. Even knowing that six people have been murdered in the last 45 days, it isn't until Lynch tells Kendra that Jeff, who was involved in the investigation, is missing that she agrees to help. Lynch, now a black-ops strategist for U.S. Intelligence agencies, is living up to his reputation as The Puppeteer, a master manipulator who's almost as adept as Kendra in insightful skills. Kendra knows she's been maneuvered into helping Lynch, but once she's involved in the investigation, there's no turning back until the final resolution.

The mother and son writing team of Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen give readers an exciting, suspense-filled crime thriller with CLOSE YOUR EYES. At times, the main characters seem too bullheaded to ever be able to work together, but in the end, they resolve their differences and cleverly solve the difficult case. Don't expect to see any sparks flying in the romance department; that aspect of their relationship never quite takes hold, yet clings to a touch of promise.

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The FBI doesn't usually consult with music therapists to solve their cases. But Kendra Michaels' astonishing powers of observation and analysis have made her a favorite of law enforcement agencies all across the country. Blind for the first twenty years of her life, she cares little for investigative work but can't deny her unique skill, or the results she's been able to facilitate. Kendra learned at an early age to become hyper-aware of her surroundings, perfecting the art of picking up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her. Like a secret weapon, she is in high demand.

Former FBI agent Adam Lynch, known as The Puppetmaster, has weapons of his own. He's a notorious master manipulator, skillfully handling criminals and colleagues alike to get the results he wants. Now he needs Kendra's special brand of help, but she's not interested until Kyle reveals that Agent Jeff Stedler - Kendra's ex - is missing and may have run directly into the path of a serial killer. What began as a heinous murder investigation escalates into something even larger and more frightening: a multi-million dollar conspiracy to hide a secret that's worth killing for, again and again and again.

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