Eve is the 13th book in the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johnson. Eve is a gripping, modern thriller told through the eyes of a mother with a missing child and a tangled, complex romance. Eve fights to find her daughter’s remains, risking her relationships and her soul in the process. I really enjoyed this book because it took your breath away with the chilling and murderous tales of the antagonist, Black.
Eve is a forensic sculptor, putting together the skulls of found deceased children in effort to bring peace to families with questions about their missing children. Eve is a tortured soul of her own, having her daughter stolen and murdered years ago. Johansen’s book is brilliantly written. It reads easily and your eyes glit across the page and soak in the chilling world of Eve Duncan. Not only did she write of a brilliant romance story between Eve’s past flame, but she brought it into Eve’s life in the future, creating jealousy and betrayal that leaves your heart aching. John Gallo enters Eve’s life years after Eve’s daughter disappears. Eve has intense and conflicted emotions as she follows the path towards her deceased daughter. The theme of Eve was to entertain and explain to the reader the truth of child murders and disappearances, and display the unease and discontent tha a parent who has a missing child feels by using the story of Eve Duncan and her daughter.
Johnson brilliantly forms the world of Eve as she gains and loses her mystical and loving daughter. The way the book ties together creates something that no sane individual would want to put down. One thing I did not like about the book was all of the sexual scenes in the beginning. Though I understand how Johnson uses the time that Eve and John Gallo spent together to portray their relationship as about nothing more than sexual desires, she took it to an entire new level. The small time that Gallo and Eve spend together is important, however the book could have been better for someone younger with less of the detailed sexual attractions and happenings between Eve and her past flame. The writer’s purpose was gracefully portrayed though Eve Duncan’s story. The pain and turmoil that she feels provides a glimpse into how a parent feels with the disappearance of a child.
Johnson does a brilliant job portraying her message; the viewpoint of a parent whose child had a violent disappearance.