Summary: In Taking Eve, Eve Duncan was kidnapped by a man using her to “bring home” his son by doing a facial reconstruction on the dead man’s skull. In Hunting Eve, Eve has escaped from Doane, the man who kidnapped her. She is trying to survive in the mountains with little to no supplies and almost no survival skills. And she is trying to do all this while staying one step ahead of her kidnapper who is hunting her. At the same time, her adopted daughter, Jane, her lover, Quinn, and some friends, Margaret Douglas and Kendra Michaels, are working hard to find her before Doane finds her. They are working with almost nothing to go on, but they won’t stop until she’s back home.
First Sentence: It was Doane’s mountain.
I love this series. This is book number seventeen, which some people might say is way too many books in a series. For some, this could probably be true, and some might even say that about this series, but I find them so exciting. They’re fast-paced, and they always find a way surprise you. I can’t put them down. If I’m in need of a very fast and enjoyable read, I know that I can’t go wrong with this series. I think that Johansen really keeps them fresh by making little arcs within the series, like this one, and by introducing characters from her other series into this one.
As a character, Eve Duncan is so interesting, and she becomes the center of our world just as much as she is the center of the world for Quinn and Jane. I love that she doesn’t try to be the center of attention, and she doesn’t really want to be the center of attention. She just wants to be with her family and continue her work as a forensic sculptor. But when shit goes down, she won’t give up. She fights even when she’s beyond tired. She doesn’t know any other way. She can be vulnerable but it’s not a weakness; it feels more like a strength.
I love that Johansen brought Kendra Michaels back into Eve’s life. They appear to be so different from each other, but they share the same strength and determination. And they both aren’t afraid to step on some toes to get the job done. We also see Catherine Ling in the last chapter. Again, someone who is so different and yet so similar to Eve. In fact, Johansen has created so many strong female characters. Kendra. Catherine. Margaret Douglas. Jane McGuire. Sarah Patrick. Hannah Bryson. They are not perfect, but that’s not the point. The point is that they are real and human. And they really take center stage, especially in this book.
The ending leaves so much open for the final book in this arc of the series. Hope. Impossible odds. I can’t wait to see what happens next.