Book #80 was The Killing Game, the second book in Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan series. The back of the book reads:
A merciless killer on the hunt…an innocent child in his sights…a woman driven to the edge to stop him…
The killer knows Eve Duncan all too well. He knows the pain she feels for her murdered daughter, Bonnie, whose body has never been found. He knows that as one of the nation’s top forensic sculptors she’ll insist on identifying the nine skeletons unearthed on a bluff near Georgia’s Talladega Falls. He knows she won’t be able to resist the temptation of believing that one of those skeletons might be her daughter’s. But that is only the beginning of the killer’s sadistic game. He wants Eve one on one, and he’ll use his ace in the hole to make sure she complies. And he won’t stop playing until he claims the prize he wants most: Eve’s life.
Surprisingly, I really didn’t care for this. This is the first book in the Eve Duncan series I’ve read, but I don’t think missing that first book is why I didn’t like it. I just didn’t relate to Eve, and maybe my brain kept wanting her to be Eve Dallas. All of her relationships with other people seemed awkward. I also expected the forensic sculpting to be a larger part of the story. I won’t bother with the rest of this series.
Page count: 355 | Approximate word count: 91,838
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