In Close Your Eyes, The New York Times bestselling duo Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen are back with a suspenseful novel about a once-blind woman with a talent for tracking serial killers
The FBI doesn’t usually consult with music therapists to solve their cases. But Kendra Michael’s 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 Lynch reveals that Agent Robert 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.
Listened for Review
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: I will admit I thought this was part of a series but appears to be a stand alone (maybe beginning of a series). I did find that there was a short story that introduced Kendra. I am going to have to read it!
What I Thought of the Characters: I am just going to say it: Kendra Michael is a very unique leading character. In Close Your Eyes, Kendra is asked to help the FBI track down her missing ex-boyfriend (also FBI) but she struggles with getting back into that world. I thought Kendra’s struggle with “doing what is right” for her vs them was very well done. Her very unique skill set makes her really valuable but it has a HUGE emotional/physical toll on her. It took awhile for me to warm up to the characters but they were still really well done! Adam Lynch was intriguing and at the end I still wasn’t sure what I thought about him. He is one of those characters that rub you both wrong and right. Those are always very interesting to read.
What I Thought of the Case: Close Your Eyes is a thriller that has all the aspects I love: twists, emotion, and an unpredictable ending. I was totally watching through Kendra as she dealt with each thing that was thrown at her: best friend getting hurt, ex-boyfriend missing, her job put in jeopardy, her relationship with her mom, and dealing with FBI personnel. I don’t want to give anything away but the last 1/4 of Close Your Eyes was just brilliant. The whole thing comes together in an emotional ending that will leave you going “OMG”.
What I Thought of the Audio: Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers and at a running time of 10 hrs and 41 mins, this is a series that I will continue to listen to on Audio. Elisabeth did an excellent job with the pacing and emotion. It took about an hour to warm up to her “male” voices but otherwise this was spot-on.
Final Thought: I really enjoyed Close Your Eyes and hope that it turns into a series.