Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Review - The Survivor

Title:   The Survivor
Author Iris Johansen
Series:  Eve Duncan #30
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   432
Date of Publication:   June 6, 2023
My Rating:   3 Stars

Eve Duncan and Riley Smith must solve their most exciting puzzle since A Face to Die For when asked to uncover the mysterious secret hidden on a remote island.

When archeologist Riley Smith comes to ask Eve Duncan for help, Eve has to say no. Traveling halfway around the world on a dangerous quest is not her expertise as a forensic sculptor. But Eve is intrigued by the prospect of an isolated island that holds a secret locked in time.

Traveling to Southeast Asia, Riley is aware of the threat from treasure hunters who are already searching and have no qualms about killing to get what they want. When she successfully evades them and finds the perfectly preserved body of a female warrior, it is just what she needs to entice Eve to help unlock the mystery.

As these two strong women seek answers about this extraordinary past life, Riley makes a living, breathing discovery that will change history. If she can escape the island and survive long enough to share it with the world.


Just as in all of the previous books in this series, this latest is full of action, intrigue and drama. Although this is the 30th book in the Eve Duncan series, Eve, and especially Joe, were pretty much supporting characters. Instead, this story features Riley Smith and Maya Fallon as the primary protagonists. Riley appeals to Eve for her help, and so much of the story takes place on the Palandan Island, which is located in Southeast Asia. This secluded island hides a limited amount of people, and a legend. Maya is the island's caretaker, and she needs help.

There are times when I read a book in the Eve Duncan series and there is a bit of the unusual, a bit of fantasy. While this is the case with The Survivor, it was still a stellar read, with a fabulously intriguing story, enhanced by some romance.

This is a fast-paced thrilling read, with evil lurking close by. Can Eve, Riley and Maya get to the bottom of who is seeking to disturb the island, one who is bent on killing anyone in their path. With this psychotic killer always managing to escape their crosshairs, the action never lets up. 

Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


IRIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of Your Next Breath, The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, Sleep No More, What Doesn't Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve,Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora's Daughter, Quicksand,Killer Dreams, On The Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and 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 seventeen 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.

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