Born blind, Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life living in the 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 finds her uncovering a deadly truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much.
Kendra is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight. But all is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he’s troubled by something he can’t discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears that very night, Kendra is on the case, recruiting government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to join her on a trail that leads to the snow-packed California mountains. There they make a gruesome discovery: the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge’s associates, brutally murdered in the freezing snow. But it’s only the first casualty in a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Soon she must fight for her very survival as she tries to stop the killing… and unearth the deadly secret of Night Watch.
What I liked: Night Watch is another of my favorites by the mother and son Johansen duo. I honestly can’t tell who wrote what character/storyline in their books. What I do know is the books flow smoothly and keep you on the edge of your seat.
In Night Watch, as in most books by Iris Johansen, the characters are front and center. Yes, the suspense is there but oh my, the characters. Kendra Michaels has been a favorite of mine since the first book, Close Your Eyes. She’s not only smart but has practically lived a lifetime in just a few years. She was blind but thanks to a revolutionary treatment, she gained her sight back. We get to finally hear more of her backstory and meet Dr. Charles Waldridge. Now, her idol is in danger and Kendra is not the type to stand back and ask for help in saving him.
Adam Lynch finally gets “a moment” with Kendra. Throughout the whole series so far, the tension between the two has been palpable. Lynch is intense, focused and extremely protective of Kendra. Not exactly a white knight because he will do what is necessary to accomplish his jobs. Protecting Kendra is completely a self-tasked job and not everyone thinks he should have so much time around her. Night Watch brings about some changes between Kendra and Lynch.
The awareness among the characters is another thing I like about this series. Each exchange/meeting between them just feels so real. Iris and Roy Johansen don’t sugar coat anything. Some characters walk the line and others more than cross it.
What I didn’t like: Uh, sorry, can’t think of a thing writing or story wise. BUT, this is a very expensive e-book at $14.99. I normally collect all Iris Johansen's books in hardcover, but with the pricing I had to choose. Since I very rarely read "real" books anymore, I chose the e-book.
While you may think the premise of Night Watch is “out there”, I enjoyed the addendum at the end of the story which really opened my eyes (no pun intended). Sorry, that’s all I can say besides read Night Watch first and don’t skip to the authors’ notes!