The Face of Deception (1998) and The Killing Game (1999) are books one and two in a contemporary day collection that specialize in Eve Duncan, a forensic facial sculptor and reconstructionist. Eve grew up with out a father and with an addicted mother, who subsequently sobered as much as assist Eve raise her baby. The child’s death at the hands of a predator became Eve’s career in the direction of supporting to perceive humans, specially youngsters, from their skulls. Eve’s toddler changed into never recovered.
Johansen’s energy lies in her capacity to get her readers to empathize along with her lead person and to apply that man or woman’s sheer will energy to conquer emotional blockades. Her testimonies flow alongside in the main thru conversation and angst and, have been her characters not so sympathetic, one should name lots of that conversation each needless and at instances simplistic. It is that this mild managing of the individual that forestalls the reader from getting depressed, as can show up with Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta collection. But it additionally prevents the reader from accomplishing any “wow” moments as introduced approximately via the depth of characterization in books by using Lisa Gardner or Karin Slaughter.
In all equity those had been the primary two books attempted outside the world of romance. They are page-turners and are excellent within the suspense area. The Killing Game turned into more predictable and don’t anticipate to learn a wonderful deal about forensics or police work this early inside the collection. Just revel in them for the suspense, the romance and the closing right vs. Evil escapist layout.