Monday, January 5, 2009

Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen

Summary: Orphaned at 15 and raised by her Uncle Phillip, the adult Megan Blair is an Atlanta pediatrician who hears terrified voices. Revelation comes when childhood friend Neal Grady, who is now a shadowy government agent, arrives to apprise Megan of her psychic powers. And to warn her: Molino-the relentless villain who killed Megan's mother, believing her touch killed his son-is targeting Megan next. Molino thinks Megan was born to an ancient Sephardic family of psychics, and plans to force her to reveal the location of the Ledger, a book that contains the family's secrets and finances. He then plans to kill her, if Megan, Neal and Neal's sidekick, Jed Hartley, don't find him first.

My Review: This book started off as a fast-paced thriller and then lost it momentum after the first 50 pages. I never really connected with any of the characters and found the dialog between them boring and somewhat fake. The heroine was weak and whiny. There is no background on the hero and he doesn't seem to fit well with the other characters. And the romance between the two was predictable and boring. The villains were overly sinister. How many ugly crimes against humanity does the villain have to commit to make the reader dislike him? I'd say Johansen could have left out a few or just not embellished so much.
This is not a book I will be recommending. I know this author is capable of better.

My Rating: 2 Stars, maybe slightly generous but the idea behind the plot was good. I am reserving 1 star for those books I can't get through!

If I could sum this book up in one phrase it would be: A disappointing read from an author whose books I generally enjoy.

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