Kendra Michaels Series

About the Series by Iris and Roy Johansen

The New York Times bestselling duo Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have written suspenseful novels about a once-blind woman with a talent for tracking serial killers

The FBI doesn’t usually consult with music therapists to solve their cases. But Kendra Michael’s astonishing powers of observation and analysis have made her a favorite of law enforcement agencies all across the country. Blind for the first twenty years of her life, she cares little for investigative work but can’t deny her unique skill, or the results she’s been able to facilitate. Kendra learned at an early age to become hyper-aware of her surroundings, perfecting the art of picking up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her. Like a secret weapon, she is in high demand.

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I’m reviewing the new release of The Naked Eye on August 17th in this tour. I hadn’t read any other books by the Johansen’s so I thought I’d do a mini- review of the two books of the series so far.

Close Your Eyes / Reviewed by Felita Daniels  364 Pages

Upon reading this first book in the series featuring Kendra Michaels, I was struck by the two parallels of Sherlock Holmes. She uses her heightened observations to draw conclusions. Her superiority in this regard and accompanying attitude doesn’t win her friends with the authorities. In the case of Sherlock Holmes, he is sometimes clueless that he has done so, because he is so focused on the puzzle and the chase. Kendra, on the other hand, knows she’s being caustic, but continues to say things that will only deteriorate the relationship she has with men in law enforcement.

Her treatment of her clients in her therapy practice, friends and family is like night and day. She’s a human being with them. Likeable and caring. It was an interesting read and as a suspense thriller offers an interesting premise as to how she gets dragged into investigations.


Sight Unseen / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 333 Pages

I believe I enjoyed this second entry in the series a little more than the first. It opened with Kendra on a blind date. This time she inserted herself into the investigation herself, instead of being dragged in. And she gave the date a chance.

In this novel, along with the first, previous cases are alluded to even though we haven’t been through them with the characters. These past cases play a large part of this storyline. I wonder if they plan to go back and fill us in on those cases with other books. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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About the Authors

Iris & roy JohansenIRIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing EveHunting EveTaking EveSleep No MoreWhat Doesn’t Kill YouBonnieQuinnEveChasing The NightEight Days to LiveBlood GameDeadlock, Dark SummerPandora’s DaughterQuicksandKiller DreamsOn The RunCountdownFirestormFatal TideDead AimNo One To Trust and more.

ROY JOHANSEN is an Edgar Award winning author and the son of Iris Johansen. He has written many acclaimed mysteries, including Deadly Visions, Beyond Belief and The Answer Man.

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have together written Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycleand Silent Thunder.

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2 Responses to Kendra Michaels Series

  1. Wow, I didn’t realize what Kendra’s background was until now – what a fascinating character!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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