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Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen

Close Your Eyes (2012)

by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

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Close Your Eyes
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Blind from birth, Dr. Kendra Michaels learned to rely on her other senses. Following surgery to restore her sight, Kendra put her incredible powers of observation to good use by aiding the FBI until a life altering case put her on a different path. Now a series of multiple murders has sent former FBI agent and current Justice Department fixer, Adam Lynch, to Kendra's door. Despite her reluctance, she feels compelled to assist him, but this decision might very well have devastating consequences for those she loves.

An enjoyable read overall, but the lack of romance is disappointing, especially as the book is marketed as romantic suspense when it is, in fact, more of a police procedural/thriller.

Although Kendra is a somewhat prickly heroine who may rub some readers the wrong way, her Sherlockian abilities are very intriguing and are portrayed realistically. Lynch has his own anti-social issues to deal with, but he is likeable nonetheless. Unfortunately, Kendra and Lynch had absolutely no chemistry and the romance is virtually non-existent.

The case is very intriguing with some truly diabolical villains whose POVs ratchet up the tension. That said, the first half of the book with the bodies piling up and the forensics investigation is better than the second half, which seems to lose momentum as Lynch and Kendra close in on the perpetrators. Also, the FBI mole is glaringly obvious from relatively early on.

In sum, the mystery is better than the romance and it is unlikely that I will continue with the series as I am not invested in the characters.
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  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
When Kendra is approached by a dubious source about a serial murder investigation, her instincts tell her to steer clear. This time, however, the case is personal: The next name to turn up on the killer’s hit list is Kendra’s own ex-lover, an FBI agent who disappeared without a trace. Now it’s up to Kendra to pick up the trail—or close her eyes again…forever. I like the books that she writes with her son, Roy. Recommend to anyone that wants a good mystery. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
They do a nice job together and I think they've set it up with Kendra and Lynch to possibly have a series of a few books. Nice mystery that kept you going until the end. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
I was glad to find out this is the first in a series. Kendra Michaels has a special ability to see every little detail and project what may have happened in a situation as well as read people with an eerie ability. This may have been since she was born blind and at the age of 20 had an operation that gave her site.

Her boyfriend and FBI agent she feels used her ability to help with his cases but when she couldn't prevent some children from being murdered she felt responsible and used. She broke ties to her boyfriend and the FBI.

Now her boyfriend is missing and Lynch an ex-FBI agent has been hired by the Justice Department to find out what happened. People are dying from an assassin is killing people that apparently have no connection to each other other than when autopsied there is a strange chemical in their body that is unidentifiable.

Playing on her feelings for the missing FBI agent Lynch gets Kendra involved even though she resents being manipulated. Together they have to find out who is doing the killing, where or what happened to her ex and find out what the chemical is before all hell breaks loose. ( )
  Diane_K | Jul 14, 2015 |
Good story about a formerly blind girl who helps in an investigation of serial killings but no romance at all ( )
  afarrington | Dec 21, 2014 |
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A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

When former agent Adam Lynch, known as the Puppetmaster, approaches her about a possible serial murder case, she is determined to steer clear. But he’s a notorious manipulator, skilled at handling criminals and colleagues alike to get the results he wants. And now he holds a trump card: The latest possible victim is Kendra’s ex-lover, an FBI agent who vanished without enough clues to follow - unless Kendra can pick up the trail. And if she can’t, she just might close her eyes again ... forever.

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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 Jeff 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.

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Using carefully honed sensory skills gleaned from a childhood spent blind to solve cases, music therapist Kendra Michaels is tapped by a former FBI agent, who is investigating the work of a serial killer who may be responsible for the disappearance of Kendra's ex.… (more)

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