Review: Night Watch by Iris & Roy Johansen

Night Watch by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen (Kendra Michaels Series #4)
Night Watch by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen (Kendra Michaels Series #4)
Night Watch by Iris and Roy Johansen is book #4 in the Kendra Michaels series (Available October 25, 2016).

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen are a mother-and-son duo who created the character of Kendra Michaels, a hired gun for both the CIA and FBI, and Night Watch is the latest in the popular series. The premise of the series—a blind woman has her sight restored by a researcher working for an organization called the Night Watch Project, thus giving her a new life—is intriguing and exciting.

Kendra Michaels is a person whose senses are keen and on-target. Having been sightless for twenty years, her other senses—hearing, smell, taste, touch—are, in a sense, super-charged. Combine that with the new gift of sight she receives, and you have an investigator with a powerful edge.

Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life living in darkness. Then, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England’s Night Watch Project, she was given the gift of sight. Her highly-developed senses (honed during her years in the dark), combined with her new found vision, have made her a remarkable investigator, sought after by law-enforcement agencies all over the country. But her newest case becomes deeply personal as she uncovers the truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much.

She is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight. All is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he’s troubled by something he can’t discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears the very night he visits her, Kendra is on the case.

Kendra is a highly resourceful character who teams up with government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to help her find Waldridge. Together, they follow a trail to a gruesome discovery—the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge’s associates and the deadly secret of Night Watch. Who will be next, and what is the Night Watch Project hiding? What secret is so potent that someone must be killed to protect it?  

Their search leads readers into a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Not only must she try to unearth the shocking secret of Night Watch, the organization responsible for giving her sight, but she must fight for her own survival.

Without giving away spoilers to readers, the storyline is compelling as it follows Kendra to the snow-covered mountains of California on a chase that puts her life in danger and leads to the ugly truth concerning the organization called Night Watch. The hunt between predator and prey intensifies as the story builds, with mounting suspense, to a reader’s satisfying conclusion.

Though Night Watch is the fourth book in the Kendra Michaels series, it can stand alone as a novel due to the solid insertion of flashbacks that describe the life-changing procedure that gave Kendra her sight. Not having read the previous books will not diminish the reader’s understanding of the characters and the situations.  

Filled with frightening twists and terrifying turns, this book is intrigue at its best.

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Kristen Houghton is the author of nine top-selling novels,  including For I Have Sinned and Grave Misgivings, books 1 and 2 in the best-selling new series,  A Cate Harlow Private Investigation.  Book 3 in the series, Unrepentant: Pray for Us Sinners, will be published Fall of 2016. She is hard at work on a new series that features a paranormal investigator with distinct powers of her own.

Houghton is also the author of two non-fiction books and numerous short stories which appear in popular anthologies. 


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