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Book Review: Captive by Iris Johansen

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Captive by Iris Johansen is the latest book published by Iris in the Eve Duncan series.

Iris Johansen has many books in the Eve Duncan series, and sometimes when an author keeps writing book after book in the same series, eventually there is one that doesn’t seem as good as all the others.

So, my post will give you a short synopsis of Captive along with my thoughts on how this latest book stacks up to all the rest of those in this series.

Captive by Iris Johansen

captive by iris johansen

Captive by Iris Johansen was just published in September 2022 and it’s the latest romantic thriller in the Eve Duncan series.

In all honesty, this book is about Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane Macguire, who has always been one of my favorite characters.

When I say that Iris Johansen has many books in the Eve Duncan series, I’m really not exaggerating. Captive is the 29th book. That’s a lot of books to get through and make sure that the readers’ interest is still there. Personally, I feel like some series get too long and that some of the books in very long series just aren’t as solid as other ones.

Well, I must say that Captive exceeded my expectations despite the fact that it was #29!

Publishers Synopsis of Captive by Iris Johansen

Eve Duncan’s daughter Jane MacGuire seems to have found a perfect life with Seth Caleb—until a ruthless madman threatens to destroy it all, in this gripping suspense novel from #1 bestselling author Iris Johansen.
Jane MacGuire is enjoying a period of domestic bliss as she focuses on her art and her partner Seth Caleb uses his unique abilities as an agent for the MI6 intelligence service.  But when Seth crosses crime lord Hugh Bohdan, he incurs the wrath of one of the world’s most powerful criminal empires…one whose tentacles reach across the globe and even to the idyllic Scottish retreat where Jane is working.  
Soon Jane is on the run, struggling to stay one step ahead of Bohdan’s army and his devastating high-tech weaponry. Even with the assistance of Earl John MacDuff, she finds danger at every turn.  But with that peril comes an astonishing discovery: a 200-year-old secret on the brink of becoming lost to history.
Jane and Seth must join forces to unlock the fascinating puzzle, even as they hurtle toward a lethal final confrontation in the Highlands.  But before their adventure is over, Jane and Seth will encounter their biggest shock of all…and realize nothing can be the same for them ever again. 

Captive by Iris Johansen – What I Liked

Despite the fact that Eve Duncan herself didn’t actually show up in this book, it had some of my favorite characters in it – Jane Macguire (Eve’s daughter) and Seth Caleb. And as if those wouldn’t have been enough great characters, we were also treated to quite a bit of time with Earl MacDuff.

The setting of the whole book is in Scotland, at MacDuff’s Run which is Earl MacDuff’s castle. I loved imagining myself hanging out at MacDuff’s Run for an indefinite amount of time! What can I say? I’m a castle hound!

The book was very fast-paced, as almost all of Iris Johansen’s books in this series tend to be, so I had absolutely no complaints there.

And, if you’ve read the previous books in the Eve Duncan series, particularly the ones featuring Jane Macguire, then you may be interested to know that Jane has a wonderful surprise for us in this book! So fun 🙂 But sorry, no spoilers here! I cannot reveal the surprise.

Captive by Iris Johansen – What I Didn’t Like

There wasn’t anything that I disliked about this book.

Captive by Iris Johansen – Read, ReRead or Reconsider?

And now, for my 3 Rs of book reviews! Should you read, reread or reconsider Captive by Iris Johansen?

This is a definite Read!

Despite the fact that this is the 29th book either directly featuring Eve Duncan or related to her in some way, this one is great.

We’ve seen these characters (Jane Macguire and Seth Caleb) in action together in some previous books in the series, and I hope that we continue to see this combination again in future books.

And, that surprise I mentioned above! If you’ve read any of the other books in the series and you already know Jane Macguire, then you must read Captive to see what Jane has in store for you 🙂

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