"Margaret is no Dr. Dolittle but pretty close."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted March 13, 2018
Thriller | Romance Suspense
Iris Johansen has created some truly awesome and memorable
characters and she very skillfully integrates some of them,
her favorites perhaps in many books. Eve Duncan, forensic
sculptor, is one of my favorites Iris Johansen characters
and I proudly admit to not missing any of her stories.
At first, I must confess, being a bit puzzled about just
where Iris Johansen is heading in NO EASY TARGET but I know
better than to jump to any conclusion until she has put all
the necessary facts together for us. And voila moment
arrives when there is clarity.
Margaret Douglas has the ability to listen to animals. She
connects to them which has made her an invaluable asset in
the many jobs she has held. An unfortunate side effect is at
times making those around her feel rather uneasy, gross
understatement actually. People don't handle things they
can't understand by usual means, doesn't fit their sense
of logic and rationality I suppose. And Margaret is really
good at making people scratch their heads.
But there is no denying Margaret mentally connects with
animals and can figure out the source of pain, etc. Bottom
line, Margaret has the gift of empathy, on a level most just
don't understand or acknowledge, or as in the case of her
John Lassiter needs her help. Margaret is a sort of ransom
for what he needs and is willing, at first, to do anything
with no regard for the cost to anyone else. Margaret has
already had an encounter with the madman Nico who is pulling
Lassiter's strings. Nico is evil incarnate and the last
person Margaret ever wants to see again. She is still
haunted by nightmares from their previous encounter.
But Lassiter has touched a part of Margaret that makes it
almost impossible to turn her back and walk away from his
plan. A plan that has possible repercussions for them all.
There are times when Margaret is fine, accepting, of her
gift and uses it wisely. Then there are times when it is a
burden. She is not sure which is the case in dealing with
Lassiter. Doesn't really matter. Margaret's gift won't
allow her to turn her back on helping an animal in pain. Any
When I originally downloaded the reviewer copy of NO EASY
TARGET Iris Johansen had titled it No Easy Prey. By the
middle of the first chapter I got that title. Then by the
end of NO EASY TARGET I got why Iris Johansen decided to
change the name of this story. She had stepped up the
strength of the characters starring in this epic thriller.
Mystery should be Iris Johansen's middle name. Like the
talented sleuths she writes about Iris Johansen follows each
trail to the end, circumvents all roadblocks, and makes sure
to dot all her I's and cross all her T's. And her lucky
fans and loyal readers love to join her on these journeys.
NO EASY TARGET is absolutely a stand-alone novel that is not
to be missed. The plot is huge and somewhat convoluted
intentionally. NO EASY TARGET by Iris Johansen is
entertainment at its best. Don't take my word for it, find
out for yourself.
New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen
returns with another thriller, No Easy Target
Margaret Douglas has worked hard to put her painful past
behind her. Raised off the grid in an abusive home, her only
escape was the nearby forest where she sought refuge
whenever she could. There, in the peaceful woods, she
discovered a strange gift: the ability to understand animals
and to communicate with them. And so those creatures became
her only friends, her only joy during a desolate childhood.
Now Margaret wants nothing more than to live a quiet life,
close to the animals and under the radar. But her abilities
have not gone unnoticed and there are those who would use
them for their own purposes. Determined not to be a pawn in
anyone’s game, every time someone gets too close, Margaret
uproots her life and outruns them.
When John Lassiter breaks into Margaret’s apartment, she
vanishes again, but Lassiter has good reason to be
persistent. As a CIA operative, he owes his life to his men
, one of whom is being held captive by an unrelenting
enemy―an enemy who has set his sights on Margaret. Which
means that Lassiter must control her to use her as bait.
With danger in hot pursuit, Margaret finds herself matching
wits with a man who refuses to stop or be stopped. Turning
from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything
she has ever learned to not only survive, but to defeat a
great evil. And to prove once and for all that she’s no easy
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