Iris Johansen’s ‘The Persuasion’ Might Be the Perfect Summer Getaway [REVIEW]

Will he be able to protect the woman he loves? (Photo courtesy Canva)

A talented artist. The man she loves. A brilliant psychopath who will stop at nothing to keep them apart. In a game of life and death, who will come out triumphant? Find out in Iris Johansen’s dazzling new thriller, The Persuasion.

Iris Johansen's THE PERSUASION
Grand Central

Jane MacGuire is the daughter of forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn. She also happens to be a superb painter who travels the world painting landscapes and sketching scenes from architectural digs to earn money for research.

While in Italy painting the landscape, she catches the eye of Stefan Luca, a wealthy man who is determined to make Jane his beloved. However, to win her as his own he must separate her from everyone she holds dear, including Seth Caleb, the very man Eve and Joe have entrusted to keep Jane safe.

Unwilling to let anything or anyone keep them apart, Luca will go to great lengths to win Jane for himself… even if that means ending Seth’s life. With The Persuasion, Eve, Joe, Seth and Jane must stop Luca in his tracks before one of them ends up dead.

From page one, Johansen delivers a novel that is packed with so much suspense it makes our palms sweat. The more we come to know Luca, the more twisted he becomes. Readers will undoubtedly find themselves turning each page wondering how Jane will possibly evade his evil clutches. In The Persuasion, Johansen tightens the screws, spiking our heart rates as she builds one layer of tension on top of another.

As Johansen takes us across Europe on a relentless game of cat and mouse, she transports us across the beautiful landscapes of Europe, from Scotland’s stunning castles to the romantic vistas of Italy. I’d say it’s the perfect summer getaway, if there weren’t a madman nipping at Jane’s heels. Will Jane, Seth, and her parents be able to vanquish one mentally unstable madman before it’s too late? Read The Persuasion to find out. This is one rollercoaster ride you’re not going to want to skip!

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Iris Johansen is the number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 consecutive bestsellers. Her series featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has sold more than 20 million copies and counting and was the subject of the acclaimed Lifetime movie The Killing Game.

Along with her son, Roy, Iris has also co-authored the New York Times bestselling series featuring investigator Kendra Michaels.

Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Readers may learn more about the author at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

By Iris Johansen
464 pp. Grand Central. $28.

Purchase The Persuasion direct from Jathan & Heather’s Beach Reads Book Shop or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, IndieBound, or Powell’s.

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.

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