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After wrapping up her long series of novels related to the disappearance of forensic-sculptor Eve Duncan's daughter in Bonnie (2011), Johansen devises a new family drama based on the shocking revelation that Eve has a half sister, Beth. The secret is spilled by Eve's mother when Beth disappears from the mental institution where she's been held for years, drugged into oblivion. The complicated story of Beth's parentage pales in comparison with the twists that follow as Eve, her lover, Joe Quinn, and FBI profiler Kendra Michaels race to find Beth, with a sinister hit man, Drogan, hot on their heels. When the sisters finally meet, Beth proves to be as plucky as Eve, and the two form an intense, if wary, bond. Johansen amps up the tension as powerful forces conspire to silence Beth, but the ghost of Bonnie ultimately saves the day. Whether Kendra or Beth will feature in future installments remains to be seen, but Johansen is clearly not through with Eve, having injected fresh life into the loyally read franchise. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Johansen orchestrates a new challenge for her ever-popular protagonist Eve Duncan in a novel that will be avidly promoted in a national television, print, and Internet campaign.--Wetli, Patty Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Bestseller Johansen's gripping 14th Eve Duncan novel (after 2011's Bonnie) spotlights a dream-enhanced bond between siblings. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan's recent nightmares have focused on a chilling run through a forest to avoid a pursuer. Her nightmares become more concrete after Eve's mother tells her that she, Eve, has a half-sister, Beth Avery, who recently escaped from a mental hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif., after years of institutionalization. Eve and her long-time lover, Atlanta PD detective Joe Quinn, travel to California, where, with the assistance of an unconventional police profiler, they uncover Beth's connections to a politically powerful family. Scenes of an assassin on Beth's trail heighten the suspense. Eve and Joe must use all their wiles to prevent a killer from striking again. Series fans will be pleased to discover that Beth, like Eve, is a strong woman who has endured many trials in her past. Agent: Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.