What I liked: I think the mother-son duo of Iris and Roy Johansen are a great writing team. The way they’ve slowly developed this series and it’s cast of characters is outstanding. I’ve never read a stand-alone by Roy but I’ve read just about everything his mother has written except the Eve Duncan series. Yeah, I know, it’s the series that really made Ms Johansen but after so many years, I just got tired of Eve and her life of drama after drama. Sorry! I’m hopeful the same thing won’t happen with the Kendra Michaels series.
Kendra has helped the FBI with numerous cases but her passion is using music therapy in an attempt to help those with traumatic brain problems. For example, the opening of the book is Kendra working with a young boy who is unresponsive and borderline catatonic. He’s suffered head and spine injuries in a boating accident that had killed his dad. Kendra was a choice of last resort for the boy’s mother but with just one session, the boy makes a very small reaction to the music. At the end of the therapy session FBI Special Agent Roland Metcalf shows up needing Kendra’s help once again. He and his partner, Special Agent Gina Carson, are investigating a series of murders that are taking place within a couple of miles of Kendra’s office.
The basis of this series is built around Kendra Michaels who spent the first 20 years of her life blind but due to an experimental surgical procedure, she regained her sight and her heightened awareness has helped her “see” things others often miss. That’s why she’s worked with the FBI on cases and helped solve many of them but her first love is her music therapy practice and she tried very hard to turn down being drawn into another FBI case.
Also from the beginning she’s been fighting an attraction to Adam Lynch. He’s her love interest but not a jump into the bed type of relationship. Adam is a free-lance agent who occasionally helps the FBI if their respective cases cross paths. What is evident is the connection between Kendra and Adam. You can feel the energy, the attraction and both of them seemingly fighting the attraction. Adam is somewhat of a mystery man. The Johansen’s haven’t revealed his full back story yet but I can't wait to hear it. Adam and Kendra working together brings Look Behind You an added layer to the story. I’m not going to regurgitate the whole synopsis but when Kendra is involved in something dangerous, Adam is her protector and sounding board. Not that Kendra is completely helpless, just that Adam is definitely an alpha male with exceptional abilities of his own.
Look Behind You is full of action and surprises. I really stayed up way too late trying to find different stopping points in the suspenseful story. I loved how the Johansen’s work the puzzle pieces, not only to entertain the reader but to slowly develop the story and the suspense. I’ve come to enjoy trying to figure out which author wrote which part but they mesh their talent so well, I quickly gave that up.
What I didn’t like: Anyone who follows my reviews should know that when I get “wordy”, I love the book. That’s the case with Look Behind You. I loved it!
I am looking forward to the next in this series just to see what adventures Kendra and Adam might have in the future and how their relationship evolves. Look Behind You is a seat of your pants suspense with the chemistry of Kendra and Adam simmering in the background. Don’t miss this one but for a full experience you should start with the first in this series, Close Your Eyes.
I requested and received an ARC for NetGalley and this is my honest review.