Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Night Watch (Kendra Michaels #4) by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by St. Martin's Press

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and the Edgar Award winning author are back with a new a new novel featuring Kendra Michaels—hired gun for both the CIA and FBI.

Born blind, Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life living in the darkness. Then, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England’s Night Watch Project, she was given the gift of sight. Her highly-developed senses (honed during her years in the dark), combined with her new found vision, have made her a remarkable investigator, sought after by law-enforcement agencies all over the country. But her newest case finds her uncovering a deadly truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much.

Kendra is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight. But all is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he’s troubled by something he can’t discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears that very night, Kendra is on the case, recruiting government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to join her on a trail that leads to the snow-packed California mountains. There they make a gruesome discovery: the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge’s associates, brutally murdered in the freezing snow. But it’s only the first casualty in a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Soon she must fight for her very survival as she tries to stop the killing… and unearth the deadly secret of Night Watch.

My Thoughts…

Night Watch is my first Kendra Michaels book but definitely not my last.  I picked it up hoping for a good thriller with some twists and that is exactly what I got.   This is a quick paced murder mystery with a little bit of a sci-fi thrown in for fun.    The idea that stem cell can be used to fix the blind is a wonderful medical wish and I liked that it was portrayed in such a way that it didn’t seem unrealistic. 

Kendra Michaels is an interesting character.   Due to her blindness her other sense are heightened causing her views and observations of things to not be “normal.”    I have heard that when you lose a sense (sight, hearing, taste) other senses step up and take over, Night Watch just took that to another level.     It was interesting to see Kendra interact with other characters.   The FBI was involved along with other official departments and she was strong enough to stand up for herself and the job she was doing without seeming standoffish.   She was determined, smart, and willing to do anything for the people who were important to her. 

The small romance part of the story is Kendra and Lynch.    While it is obvious there is an attraction between the two their romance is not the main storyline.     It was fun to see them circle each other, push each other, and pull at each other while keeping each other at arm’s length.    I am interested to see where this will head and how long it will take them to get there.  

I am an Iris Johansen fan and am now a Roy Johansen fan.   The rest of this series is on my MUST READ list.    I recommend checking it out for yourself. 

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