Iris Johansen’s ‘Shadow Play’ Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Seat [REVIEW]

Girl running in forest

After SHADOW PLAY, Eve Duncan will never be the same.
(Photos courtesy Andipantz, Getty Images and MJTH, Shutterstock)

In Shadow Play, New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen lures readers to the edge of their seats and keeps them there, dangling precariously, as they bite their nails nervously and devour her latest chapter in the Eve Duncan saga. This time out, the forensic sculptor must find out who murdered a girl she calls Jenny before the killer adds more deaths to his resume. 

Shadow Play

St. Martin’s Press

As a character, Eve is a longtime fan favorite who first appeared in 1998’s The Face of Deception. With Shadow Play, however, Johansen takes readers into Eve’s mind and psyche like never before, and I relished the opportunity to understand what makes her tick.

As the story unfolds, the reader begins to understand why Eve is consumed by her work, what drives her to complete the reconstruction of each skull, and why she feels such a strong connection to Jenny.

But we learn much more about Eve than the fact that she is more determined than ever to solve this case. Johansen also gives the reader glimpses of Eve’s “mushy center,” especially in a scene when she drops off her adoptive daughter, Jane, at the airport. Eve finds letting go difficult but tries to keep a stiff upper lip.

As the forensic evidence adds up, readers will be completely taken by surprise as to where this case leads Eve and her colleagues as they hunt down the killer. Atmospheric, haunting, and intensely suspenseful, readers won’t want to miss Iris Johansen’s Shadow Play. 

Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen
(Photo by Louis Tonsmeire)


Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of Your Next Breath, The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrowand more. And with her son Roy Johansen, she has coauthored The Naked Eye, Sight Unseen, Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle and Silent Thunder

Johansen began 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 had 17 consecutive New York Times bestsellers as of November 2006.

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

Visit Johansen on her website at or like her on Facebook.

By Iris Johansen
336 pgs. St. Martin’s Press. $27.99

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

2 Responses to Iris Johansen’s ‘Shadow Play’ Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Seat [REVIEW]

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