“The Naked Eye” by Iris and Roy Johansen, New York, NY : St. Martin’s Press, 2015.

Naked Eye by Iris & Roy JohansenKendra Michaels still has nightmares about serial killer Eric Colby and the confrontation that lead to his capture.  Everyone telling her that she should be gratified to know that Colby has been executed for his crimes, is not helping, especially since she is convinced that he successfully faked his own execution.  The problem is that she can’t prove it and no one believes her.

When Kendra is publicly humiliated by a reporter who casts her as the obsessive, crazy consultant, she finds herself a suspect in the reporter’s soon after murder.  Again, Kendra is the only one that believes Colby is the killer, instead all of the evidence points to Kendra herself.  Now she needs to prove she didn’t do it, prove Colby is still alive, and protect herself from the serial killer that is now clearly targeting her for his own revenge.

The only saving grace she has are her devoted friends, one of which is Eve Duncan from Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan Forensics series, and the fact that Colby is too egotistical to not smash his return from the dead in the faces of the police and federal agencies.  What better way to accomplish this goal then targeting a police officer and streaming his death to the police?  Who will he target next while he leads Kendra towards his ultimate confrontation?

“The Naked Eye” is the third novel in the Kendra Michaels series but is still a wonderful read if you have not previously read the first two novels, “Close Your Eyes” and “Sight Unseen.”  Iris and Roy Johansen do an amazing job of keeping you engrossed from one moment to the next.  Their characters are well developed, have interesting pasts, and just enough quirks to make them fun to read about.

Murder scenes, electronic stalking, a stubborn heroine that is frustratingly determined to put herself in the line of fire and a serial killer who is too smart for everyone’s own good are just enough to grab your attention and keep you reading.  If you prefer listening to the audiobook version of this novel, which is available at the library, the reader, Elisabeth Rodgers, does an excellent job.

Susana Goldman is the Interim Director of the Alamance County Public Library.  She can be reached at (336) 290-8679 or sgoldman@alamancelibraries.org.