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Double Blind by Iris Johansen
Series: Kendra Michaels #6
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 17, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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Kendra Michaels is reluctant to help the FBI with the most recent case they've brought to her...until she hears the details: The body was found just blocks away from Kendra’s condo. The man was carrying an envelope with Kendra’s name on it, and inside was an SD card with what appears to be an innocuous video of a wedding reception. And just one week before the attempted delivery of this mysterious video, the groom in the video was murdered.
As the body count rises, Kendra joins forces with private investigator Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch as they discover that each victim played a part in convicting a serial killer years before. Someone has clearly taken up his mantle to exact a sadistic form of vengeance. But who is it? A family member? An old partner? Or is it possible that the wrong man was convicted and the serial killer himself has returned to continue his sick spree?
I love this Kendra Michaels series and I have practically devoured each book. Kendra is exciting to watch because she uses all her senses to deduce what is going on in the world and in FBI cases she is often asked to work. There’s action, mystery, intelligent casework and a nice group of family and friends. Adam Lynch is often involved with Kendra’s cases and adds sexual tension and humor.
There has been a will they or won’t they with Adam in all the previous books. The longer this has continued, the more I have tired of it. Kendra’s reasons are unreasonable. A person feels what they feel and telling yourself you don’t or won’t feel is stupid. Now choosing your actions, no matter what you feel is quite normal. But lying to yourself and others about how you feel seems immature.
In Double Blind, a woman was murdered bringing information to Kendra. So Kendra must involve herself with solving the murder, which turns out to be murders. I didn’t think she really HAD to get involved as she has her music therapy practice, but this is the story.
I didn’t feel Kendra used her skills as much in this story. It mainly surfaced as more of a parlor trick when she met someone new as a verification of her credentials. The procedures they followed to solve the case didn’t seem very smart or organized this time. Kendra also wasn’t as smart about her safety or that of her friends and family.
The ending left with Kendra going with Adam to assist with his situations. I’m thrilled to see her finally taking that step and hope the relationship will be more authentic in the future. I greatly look forward to the next book, although this is my least favorite in the series.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- COYER BSBB