Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor, she gives a face to children who have been found murdered in an effort to try to bring justice to their killers. When she gets a phone call from a sheriff in California she agrees to work on the skull of a 9 year old who begins to speak to Eve as she works. Jenny can’t remember much at first but she insists that Eve was meant to help her find out what happened to her. Eve becomes determined to find justice for Jenny and help bring in her killer.
This is actually the first book by Iris Johansen that I’ve read and I’m now wondering why I took so long to pick one up. Shadow Play seems to be the 19th Eve Duncan book so hopefully I can go back and pick up some more of her work in the future.
This book was definitely a page turning thriller that I didn’t want to put down. The paranormal element to the story added a lovely layer that seemed to work in well with the suspense and solving the case. There were actually a lot of different layers to the story that were fun to find out along the way. While you know who the bad guy is fairly early in the story there is so much more to find out.
Personally I liked all of the characters in the story, each brought a different element to the story and the case. Couldn’t help rooting for them to find Walsh and get justice for Jenny.
Overall definitely recommend, it read well as a stand alone if you haven’t read others in the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.