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HOW CAN YOU CATCH A KILLER WHEN EVERYONE THINKS HE'S DEAD?KENDRA MICHAELS was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice, but despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can’t prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation - developed to an amazing capacity during the twenty yHOW CAN YOU CATCH A KILLER WHEN EVERYONE THINKS HE'S DEAD?KENDRA MICHAELS was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice, but despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can’t prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation - developed to an amazing capacity during the twenty years she spent blind, and now in constant demand by law enforcement agencies - have gotten her nowhere.But then a reporter who very publicly humiliated Kendra is murdered. Visiting the crime scene in search of anything that might link the brutal homicide to Colby, Kendra instead finds evidence that points to her. Finally Colby's master plan becomes clear to her: he is framing Kendra for murder.Suspicions mount and Kendra is thrust into deadly pursuit to clear her name and catch the killer no one believes exists anymore. A killer who is always nearby, watching, waiting to make his next move, although everyone assumes him to be dead. A killer whose trail of destruction is invisible to the naked eye, despite the carnage he leaves in his wake. It will take everything Kendra has to find Colby and stop him - and save her own life one more time....

Title : The Naked Eye
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ISBN : 9781250020543
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Number of Pages : 325 Pages
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The Naked Eye Reviews

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-04-01 08:20

    I'm not sure why I am continuing with this series!!!! Perhaps it's because I have been a diehard fan of Iris Johansen for years and years.........but I am not crazy about the Kendra Michaels series that she co-writes with her son. The first book, Close Your Eyes, was okay and I hated the second book, Sight Unseen, hoping that the next one would be better!!Well, the 3rd book in the series, The Naked Eye, was an improvement on the previous two...but not exactly AMAZING...either!!There were so many things that just didn't do it for me........but I am going to rather write about what I liked....I found Sam, the computer genius and Kendra's friend and Beth, Eve Duncan's half-sister so much more engaging than the other characters in this book.I am still on the fence about Kendra....just when I begin to feel a bit of warmth for her....she does something that makes me want to kick her butt!!! I find her so not flexible and open ....especially when it comes to Adam Lynch!!! I wish she would make up her mind about him instead of giving him a hard time and keeping him handing on!!!The plot was pretty clever and fast-paced...... despite me thinking at times that it was a bit far-fetched.I am a total sucker for punishment because I am going to read the follow-up book......see, I have to know what happens next!!!

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-16 09:59

    I think that suspense fans will enjoy this book. The killer is truly frightening and heinously awful, and this book will keep readers on the edge of their seat. Kendra is a great heroine. I love her extreme eye for details.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-10 04:01

    I really like this series. This book also features Eve Duncan from Johansen's other series, which I will need to start one of these days.I love the pairing of Adam & Kendra and do wish they would act on their attraction one of these days. The story was suspenseful and had a great ensemble cast. My only criticism would be that (view spoiler)[Colby's death is a bit too easily explained. Did he also pay off the medical examiner? Every executed criminal has to be autopsied or did Johansen not know this? (hide spoiler)]What is nice about this series is that there is good chemistry, but also humor. It reminds me of two different things: (1) Fox Mulder and Dana Scully of The X-Files and (2) the In Death series by J.D. Robb.Mulder and Scully because they were too smart people who also had great chemistry but also respected each other and their abilities. Eve Dallas and Roarke mainly because Lynch, like Roarke, is an alpha male who is attracted to her but respects her and is able to be protective without being patronizing.

  • Kate
    2019-04-20 07:04

    4 stars! This series is really growing on me (although if something doesn't go down between Kendra and Lynch soon, I am going to be throwing these books at the wall). No just kidding, but really...This book picked up right where the last one left off, and all my questions were answered so I guess you could say it was nicely wrapped and tied with a bow by the end. I thought the cat and mouse game with Kendra and Colby was fantastic. The Johansen's threw in some great twists and turns in this book and my expectations were definitely met. My only question is, what do they have in store for us next with Kendra Michaels?!I think one of the reasons I love this series so much is because I am just fascinated by Kendra Michaels. I love the fact that she can be a music therapist and solve serial killer cases at the same time. I also think she has a great back story to her and the more I get sucked into these books the more intrigued by her I am. It definitely takes a lot of creativity to come up with a character like Kendra and you can see the creative talent that the Johansen's have when you read these books.

  • Kathy Vanderlin
    2019-04-08 12:18

    I want to start this out with a thank you for allowing me to be a lucky advanced reader. I was in the process of reading Sight Unseen, Kendra Michaels series #2 when I received The Naked eye, Kendra Michaels #3 , so I was a little late in beginning to read this book. I am so glad I finished #2. While it really isn't necessary to read this series in order, I found it helpful to do so. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I did the first and second installments. I was really pleased that Eve Duncan and her recently discovered sister Beth, were characters brought back together with Kendra, to try and stop the nemesis Eric Colby, once and for all. Beth became quite an intricate part of the story line, while Eve played more of a supporting role. Sam, the computer wiz was also quite a hero in many ways. of course, you cannot have Kendra without including Adam Lynch, the puppet master in dealing with the FBI honchos, especially Griffin. I really enjoyed the interaction between all of the people I have mentioned. It makes the story more enjoyable with these characters at the heart of all of the action. This book was a great read and makes me left anxiously awaiting the next chapter in these characters lives. I hope Kendra Michaels lives on in a long continuation of her stories.

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2019-03-21 10:16

    Wow, how did I miss all these books? I thought this was a new Eve spin off series only to find out I'm books behind on Eve and this is a totally different series and book THREE to boot. Where have I been? I remember Kendra Michaels and liked her. This book moved fast and I read the entire book in about 3 hours. I enjoyed it so it is a 3.5 star. Kendra is the only one who believes a serial killer is still alive and kicking. Everyone else thinks she's crazy. What I like about this series is how Kendra is able to pick up clues and deduce what is going on. I love these crazy perceptive people. Now I have to go back and read the first two books. I also like Logan and the rest of the supporting cast. The characters are what brings me back to read Ms. Johansen over and over. I also enjoy the dark grittiness where people actually die, even the good guys. This is a great read for a nice quite Sunday afternoon. Recommended to romantic suspense lovers.

  • Jo
    2019-03-29 05:08

    Another Eve Duncan/Kendra/Beth story. These three so much alike they could be triplets. Same story each time.

  • Rachael Uponen
    2019-04-04 06:10

    I think Iris Johansen is a sadist. She lets her characters find peace, then completely rips that peace apart for a new story. I guess I can understand. She loves her characters and wants to keep writing about them, but she knows romance and she knows suspense, so there's gotta be a new terrible thing happening for her heroines to deal with.Eric Colby isn't dead. That isn't a spoiler; the inside jacket summary makes it clear. Eric convinced a doctor to fake his lethal injection execution, and now he's out for blood. Kendra Michaels' blood. But he can't just kill her; he needs to make her suffer. Bor-ring.I liked Kendra Michaels in Johansen's first book about her, "Close Your Eyes." It's probably the best book by Iris Johansen that I've read. I wondered if maybe her son, Roy, who helped her write it, has a magic touch. Well, after reading this book, I'm not so sure anymore. In some ways, it was okay, but for the most part, it was just more of the same.Michaels' ability to solve mysteries borders on superhuman. This is pretty typical for a Johansen novel, and it makes it hard for me to relate to her. All of Johansen's women are the same, and you see it in "Naked Eye." Personality-wise, Kendra is no different from her best friend, whose name escapes me, and Eve Duncan's sister, Beth Avery, and only marginally different from Eve Duncan herself. All four are "Strong Women" who refuse to rely on anyone, but insist that the others rely on them. They all want to help each other out, and refuse to be dissuaded, so they're all forced to accept each other's help. It's almost funny, but not quite, because seriously, you could change any of the women with any of the other women, and the story wouldn't change at all. Only Eve has a smidgen more depth than the rest, because Johansen has used her in so many of her novels.One of the characters, whose name also escapes me, reminds me of every sexist creep in the gaming community, but he's probably just poorly written. Oh, did I mention that he has it bad for Kendra? Seriously, so many men want to bang Kendra or be her boyfriend or whatever (let's be real, it's both). But Kendra only has eyes for Adam Lynch; no one else is creepy enough. Fortunately, we only get a little bit of that "I'm a man, I can't help it" BS that Johansen is so famous for. Kendra makes a few obnoxious references to his "supermodel Asian girlfriend," because what's internalized misogyny without a little racism thrown into the mix? Adam, like a good Iris Jo scumbag, makes it clear that he actually wants to sleep with Kendra, going so far as to take down his girlfriend's picture from his room and put up Kendra's instead. He seems to still be with his girlfriend, even as he encourages Kendra to get into a relationship with him. His girlfriend needs to DTMFA. She deserves better.The ending was pretty anticlimactic, which is also not uncommon in Johansen's novels. It's also quite sappy, even for her.Honestly, there's not much more for me to say about this book. Lynch is less annoying than most of the male love interests, if only because he's absent for a good portion of the book. Thank God for small favors.

  • Michael
    2019-04-10 11:11

    Kendra Michaels is attempting to convince police officials that the serial killer who helped send to his execution has escaped. Frustratingly, Kendra feels that Eric Colby staged his death with the help of the medical doctor in charge of the execution. She can't prove it because soon after the execution, Colby's body was cremated. Not long after, the doctor and his wife were found murdered.This compelling page turner continues as Kendra is asked to consult in a murder case and sees the victim posed in a position in the same manner of Colby's other victims.Then a reporter who humiliated Kendra is found murdered and there is DNA evidence that points to Kendra. It becomes clear that Colby's goal is to set Kendra up.The mother and son authors Iris and Roy Johansen write with clear dialogue and the action moves along in a nonstop manner.Kendra is an admirable character. She was blind at birth and it was only twenty years later that a medical procedure enabled her to see. Perhaps due to that, her other senses are heightened.We follow the killer as he taunts Kendra and plays a deadly game while we await the inevitable confrontation.There are a number of surprises and there are times that the reader wants to shout, "don't go there" or "look in the back seat" but overall, I enjoyed this novel and recommend it.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-03-21 07:02

    Review: THE NAKED EYE by Iris Johansen and Roy JohansenThe mother and son writing duo return with the third mystery in their riveting Kendra Michaels series [CLOSE YOUR EYES; WITH OPEN EYES; SIGHT UNSEEN]. Kendra is a sort of agent-at-large, called on by both FBI and CIA. Blind from birth, at age 20 she gained sight through stem-cell corneal regeneration, via surgery in England. Her exquisite talents allow her to notice subtle clues other miss; and her investigation, and subsequent wounding and capture, of vicious serial killer Eric Colby led to his incarceration and supposed execution. But Kendra is convinced Colby was drugged and spirited out of San Quentin Prison. If her intuitions are correct, a new reign of terror is about to commence.

  • Ramachandran Kumaraswamy
    2019-03-21 08:14

    Kendra Michael's is a great heroine. It's a complex cat and mouse thriller .I true enjoyed each and every chapter of this book. Especially at climax segment my heart was pounding out of my chest.

  • Scott
    2019-04-15 03:57

    I was walking in the library one day and on display at the end of an aisle I found, The Naked Eye by Roy Johansen. The reviews printed on the back of the book jacket said it was a “complex cat-and-mouse game” and that it was “filled with frightening twists and terrifying turns” and it was “a thrill a minute”. I am not sure who the reviewers were but I am convinced that they had never read this book. Maybe they were describing some other book. I have no idea. I didn't realize that this book was part of a series. But I figured it out soon enough. Throughout the book the main character kept referencing events that happened previously in an attempt to make sense of the story. It did not. Reading the book was like being at a neighborhood party where everyone talks about things that happened before you moved in. The book is about Kendra, who is a consultant to various police departments and the FBI. Kendra is brilliant. The San Diego police are buffoons. The FBI are buffoons. And everyone in the California prison system are buffons. Only Kendra is smart enough to figure out who the serial killer is and how he might be captured. The serial killer is a cross between Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Lord Voldemort. The entire story is just plain silly. The book is predictable and boring. The writing is poor and unimaginable. And the story is laughable. I have got to stop being so impulsive at the library!

  • Kari
    2019-03-30 07:26

    I'll start by saying that I went into this book not having read any of the books prior to this one. It's the third in a series featuring Kendra Michaels. For the most part, I thought it did a pretty good job as a stand alone, but there were times that I wished I had read the first couple to get more of a feel for the characters. Still, I really enjoyed The Naked Eye. I felt like the story took off running and didn't let go until the end.I loved Kendra. I thought her to be a unique character as she had spent most of her early years blind. After groundbreaking surgery, she has gained her sight. This has given her a cool ability to be extremely observant, which comes in handy in at crime scenes. I loved how she could look at a scene and solve a crime in minutes. That was pretty cool. I also really liked the peripheral characters, especially Beth and Sam. I love me a geeky computer guy and a tough kick-ass woman! I will confess, I haven't read any of the Eve Duncan books, so I don't know the background on Beth and Eve, but this book has intrigued me enough to hunt them down.The story involves Kendra's insistence that a serial killer she helped catch and have executed is still alive. No one believes her. This is where I kind of wished I had read the first books. But the hunt for Colby was exciting and surprising, so I was able to let go of that regret. I have read this mother/son team before in a stand alone before. They make a great team! I look forward to the Kendra's next case!

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    2019-04-21 07:18

    Although there were a couple of areas that didn't work for me, for the most part this book pulled me and it was really difficult to put down.Just some thoughts...hope to re-write later:I really liked Kendra's friend, Sam. Mad skills on the computer, reacted normally to a scarey situation and solid ability to care about others.I liked the plot a lot, but I don't like when everyone is a computer expert.I really didn't care whether Eve showed up or not. Is that bad of me?I wished there had been more interaction between Kendra and Adam.

  • Kat Valentine
    2019-04-01 04:11

    once again iris and roy johansen, have writer another awesome book!!!!! i love kendra she is one of my fav characters of all time!!! this book was so good that i couldnt stop reading i never finished it till 1:30 this morning, thats how good it was!!! i cant wait for the next book in this series. kendra and lynch are getting closer i cant wait for these two to get together. its going to be hot!!!!

  • J. Ewbank
    2019-04-13 10:20

    What do you know? So many times I have read books by two authors, mostly relatives, and been disappointed. In this case I was not. Johansen and Johansen have kept the same quality in their combined writing as in the originals by Iris Johansen. Congratulations, I am really impressed. Enjoyed the characters and the plot in this novel, and so will mystery buffs.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"

  • Danielle
    2019-03-31 07:06

    I was hoping to read a good crime thriller but this was just too routine, predictable and boring. The writing was not good at all, unfortunately. I didn't realize it was part of a series when I picked it up, so maybe I would have enjoyed it more had I read the previous 2 books. As a stand alone book, it was not worth my time.

  • Kayla
    2019-04-19 08:27

    The second half was truly disappointing and almost a chore to finish listening to.

  • Diana Brown
    2019-04-10 05:19

    Another fantastic suspense book from Iris and Roy with favorite character Kendra!

  • Traann
    2019-04-09 10:03

    The Kendra Michaels series is wonderful and this book really added to much to the series. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Mbojar
    2019-03-29 06:09

    Kendra Michaels has told them repeatedly that the serial killer faked his own death and is one believes her until its almost to late.

  • Vanessa Lizee
    2019-04-18 12:20

    loved this book. couldn't put it down.

  • Louisa
    2019-03-23 07:17

    This book was kinda like a part 2 to Sight Unseen, and yeah, really, really enjoyed it, and I can't wait to read Night Watch!

  • Wendy
    2019-04-16 06:19

    “The Naked Eye” the third novel in the Kendra Michaels series is intriguing and continues from the cliff-hanger in “Sight Unseen” after Eric Colby who feigned his death at his execution escapes prison and hides out in Mexico. Believing he still lives much to the consternation of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies Kendra continues her hunt to prove her suspicion only to come up empty handed until Sheila Hunter a sensationalist reporter who publicly humiliates her for her obsession ends up dead.Suspected by the police of being involved as she receives live voice messages from Colby on her computer Kendra joins forces with her friend Beth Avery and brilliant hacker Sam Zackoff while Adam Lynch is on assignment in Luxembourg, to prove her innocence and hunt Colby down. But the convicted serial killer has his own plans to end their cat and mouse game starting with the brutal murder of the San Francisco detective in charge of the case. Fearing for Kendra’s sanity as well as her life Adam Lynch returns, his protective instincts in high gear as another of her friends is kidnapped, and the hunt for Colby intensifies.A woman with sharp observation skills after being surgically cured of her blindness, Kendra is pursued by law enforcement agencies for her expertise in solving serial murders. Haunted by remembrances of the sick psychopath who she believes faked his execution Kendra goes on her own personal manhunt to find him, until the FBI and San Francisco Police Department finally realize that she’s been right about Eric Colby all along.Fast-paced and exciting as the killer always seems one step ahead of Kendra and her team, intensity and suspense escalates not only when the newspaper reporter is killed and she’s taken to the police station as a possible suspect, but after the FBI and San Francisco Police watch the video recording of their detective’s torture and death. Although there no shocking surprises in this novel compared to others in the series, the plot line is well-developed and enthralling, the chilling tension diluted with Sam’s humor, Kendra and Lynch’s witty banter and their sexual sparks that threaten to ignite. A page-turner from beginning to end, the momentum never dies until after a violent confrontation near the end.With familiar characters like arrogant, manipulator Adam Lynch; hard-headed, persistent Kendra Michaels are new faces that include the worldly, lively and self-assured hacker Sam Zackoff; the beautiful, intelligent and aggressive Beth Avery; and the honorable, fair and brave detective, Martin Stokes. These characters and others bring this intoxicating and disturbing murder mystery to life, but none more so than the well-educated, egomaniac and devious killer Eric Colby.I thoroughly enjoyed “The Naked Eye” and rate it highly, but suggest reading “Sight Unseen” first before delving into the pages of this novel.

  • Julie
    2019-04-10 04:01

    **SPOILER ALERT*This is a good book in terms of plot and some of the characters, though not the main character this time. So far it is my least favorite of the series, and suffers from more than acceptable believability issues. Readers will accept pushing some of those boundaries when the characters and the basic story lines are well-wrought and consistent, but there are limits.My main problem, and maybe this has been true all along and I'm only now really being bothered by it, is that for such an aware, intelligent, experienced person, who grew up with technology, Kendra is seeming pretty stupid where electronics, surveillance and safety are concerned, and being stubborn or brave doesn't excuse it at all. She has been involved numerous times in major criminal investigations into really slimy horrific killers, and worked with the FBI and police departments, and really, really knows her nemesis here for god's sake. She knows he will want to hurt people she cares about to get at her, and that he will do very sophisticated things to freak her out, and yet....she does almost nothing to protect either herself or those she cares about, she takes essentially zero electronic/wireless precautions, that even I, a 70 yr old without a smart phone would know to do. You would think that by book 3, and her close involvement with 2 technical wizards plus the FBI, she would have some pretty good protections in place on her phone and computers - but no. And with her heightened senses, and her ability to notice the tiniest details, she didn't notice the heat of her laptop, which she carried around, that would tell her it wasn't turned off? And then she asks Sam, "Why would he do that?", like she was surprised a vengeful, brilliant evil guy who is after her would try to be tracking and scaring her every single second? Well, the readers can figure all that out, so these details need some attention. They may help fill in some plot gaps, but they ruin the overall story believability.The action in the first two-thirds of the book is pretty slow, which might not be a bad thing if it weren't that this series has thrived on action.Also, for me the ending was very unsatisfying, especially after Kendra and Lynch have a pretty big moment in the ambulance. Then he's just poofed away with no explanation, and not mentioned again. It really seemed as if the authors were tired of writing it and just trailed off. Also, over all, the writing was kind of choppy, like each author took certain sections, chapters or events, and never blended it together for a smooth, cohesive result. I hope they're not just tired of this whole series and not even committed to giving thier readers the quality experience they can certainly achieve.I will give book 4 a chance, and hope the authors have gotten back on track, as I know they can turn out a really terrific book if they commit to it.

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-12 07:05

    Its been 4 months, sense the events of "Sight Unseen" and Kendra Michaels believes that serial killer, Eric Colby is alive, however, she is the only one that feels that way. She has kept her "feeling/suspicion" rather close, letting only a few know, like Lynch. Yet, when a reporter says she has proof that indeed Colby is alive, Kendra goes to meet her. What follows is a rather ugly article on her obsession with Colby. Now the police are definitely viewing her a bit differently. When the reporter turns up dead, Lynch is the only one who can get her close to the crime scene. When she is able to view the crime scene from a distance, she is even more convinced that Colby is alive and is the reason the reporter is dead. When she notices that the crime scene did not occur where the body is - the police reluctantly begin to realize that perhaps there is some truth to what she says. Follow Kendra along for a ride, that she herself has feared has been a long time in the making.

  • Lynne
    2019-04-08 09:57

    Wow, this was such a good book! Normally I enjoy cozies, but I have read this author before and enjoyed her books. This was is intense and it caught my attention right-off-the-bat. Time flew by as I read this book. It is intense and does deal with a serial killer who commits horrific violence. However, there is a bit a blood, but not horrendously gory which I appreciated. I loved Kendra and her unique abilities. I would say she is a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes. I also loved her cadre of friends and the talents they brought to the table. I have not read this series before and I would love to read some of the previous books. I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.

  • Robbie
    2019-04-08 10:07

    I love the Kendra Michaels series and this does not disappoint. Kendra's powers of observation are like that of Sherlock Holmes and it's always entertaining to watch her in action but I'm glad to say that Ms. Johansen doesn't go overboard with her parlour tricks which makes Kendra likeable. I will say that for all her amazing skills at reading people she's is totally oblivious to Lynch and that, to me, is amusing. Another winner in the KM series, if you're a fan you'll want to include it in your repertoire.

  • Ruth Ellen
    2019-04-03 06:11

    For months, Kendra has told law enforcement that Eric Colby is not dead. They mostly think she is nuts except for Lynch. When a reporter is killed Kendra is looked at as a suspect until a policeman is killed before their eyes as the law community kooks on. Then it is a race to find him. Read and see how it ends.

  • Monique
    2019-03-22 10:05

    This series has great twists and turns throughout the stories and I keep coming back for more. My running complaint with this author is that the dialogue between characters does not change in tone or way of speaking. There is no characterization differentiation from one speaker to the next so everyone from Eve Duncan to the bad guy to Kendra speaks the same way.