Close Your Eyes-Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Close Your Eyes

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

St. Martin’s Press, Jul 17 2012, $27.99

ISBN: 9780312611613


Dr. Kendra Michaels was born blind but she learned to compensate by exponentially increasing the use of her other senses and dramatically deploying logical analysis to situations.  After two decades in darkness, she gained sight with little impact on the high acumen of her other senses.  Law enforcement likes to consult with this music therapist on their seemingly unsolvable cases.


Former FBI agent Adam “Puppetmaster” Lynch visits Kendra as she works with a young patient.  He realizes she is nothing like the agents told him and finds he looks forward to learn what her buttons are so he can push them.  Challenging Kendra to display her skill, he is shocked how accurate she describes him and what he did earlier.  Later they meet and she explains how she read him and he tells her that her former boyfriend FBI Agent Jeff Stedler has vanished and may be dead, a victim of a serial killer he was investigating in San Diego.  They team up hoping Stedler lives, but soon are caught in a deadly conspiracy in which she is targeted for elimination.


Mindful of the movie Blink but starring a Sherlock (“Shirley”) Holmes, this is an excellent investigative thriller.  Fast-paced, filled with twists and starring protagonists who seem real; it is Kendra’s skill at evaluation that occurs early on and throughout, and the acerbic teaming that make for a strong suspense. 


Harriet Klausner

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