Early review: Look Behind You by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

Posted July 13, 2017 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early review: Look Behind You by Iris Johansen, Roy JohansenLook Behind You by Iris Johansen
Series: Kendra Michaels #5
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 18, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A serial killer is on the loose in San Diego, and he has a most unusual M.O.: With each kill, he leaves behind objects with unclear meanings. Most of the recent killings are centered near Kendra Michaels’ home and office, so it comes as no great surprise when the FBI shows up at her door. The investigators soon make a startling discovery: the left-behind objects are actually souvenirs of other unsolved serial murder cases in various U.S. cities. And the new cases feature “holdback” characteristics of the other murders unknown to the general public.

Kendra realizes that the killer has come to challenge and taunt her. The investigators become his newest targets, even as Kendra slowly begins to suspect that one of them may be the killer himself. She must find the killer as the body count rises, and to do so she relies on her own ”dream team” of agent-for-hire Adam Lynch and private investigator Jessie Mercado. They must risk everything to defeat a psychopath whose terrifying plan is years in the making.


Day 1: I finished reading Night Watch and wondered how I had gotten behind on this Kendra Michaels series, because it hits all the right notes with me. It has action, mystery, intelligent casework, sexual tension, and humor. I went straight to Goodreads to see when the next book would be available since it came out last summer. Yay, the Look Behind You would be out in July. I hurried to Netgalley to request an ARC. Day 2: My request for the ARC was approved. I downloaded the eARC and started reading.  Day 3: I finished reading and I’m writing my review.  Will there be another and will I have to wait a whole year?!?!

Kendra uses all her senses, her intelligence and her heart. She tries to help everyone and keep them all safe, even if it means putting herself at risk. I love her friends and family, odd lot that they are. It’s probably why I love them. The action and mystery were all consuming and the pace was flying.

I didn’t like Adam being long distance for half the book. It lessened the sexual tension and humor. I hope we see more of him and sooner, in the next book. Please tell me there will be a next book?!?


About Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996, Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success.

She lives in Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.

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