Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review for Smokescreen by Iris Johansen

Smokescreen by Iris Johansen 

Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

In this pulse-pounding thriller from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Iris Johansen, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeys to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack deep in the jungle--but she may be putting herself in more danger than she knows.

A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan's doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching story: half the villagers--many of them children--have been killed in a horrific attack by guerilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. Now, the families desperately need Eve's help to get closure and begin to heal.

But when Eve arrives in the remote jungle, she begins to suspect that Jill's plea may have been a cover story for a deeper, more sinister plot. Isolated and unsure who she can trust, Eve finds herself stranded in an unstable country where violence threatens to break out again at any moment and with only her own instincts to rely on if she hopes to get home to her family alive . . .

My Thoughts…

WOW!   Smokescreen is an amazing addition to an already wonderful series.   Eve Duncan and her family are characters that I feel that I have gotten to know very well while reading Iris Johansen’s books.   Yet, with each book I learn something new, meet a new friend, and realize how much more I want to know about Eve.    Just her job intrigues me but then add all the unique places that she gets to travel and the people that she meets and her story becomes a book that I cannot put down.  

Smokescreen has Eve being tempted to change her plans and take on a new workload.   Of course, it can’t be that easy.   She travels to an African village and things get interesting.  I was pulled in from the first meeting of Jill and Eve, intrigued at how Joe would react to Eve’s change in plans, and curious at what twists and turns would be coming Eve’s way.    I was never disappointed.   The book kept me on my toes and my brain was always trying to guess what would happen next. 

Everything about Smokescreen was perfect.   The storyline was intriguing, the characters were fascinating, and the twists and turns kept me guessing.   This book is part of a series, but each book can be real without reading the others.     

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