A deadly multi-vehicle pile-up on San Diego’s historic Cabrillo bridge is thought of as a horrific accident–until Kendra Michaels arrives on the scene and perceives it as something much more sinister. Blind for decades and now sighted, Kendra's unusual skill for observation is highly sought after by both the FBI and CIA. Now her amazing conclusions open up a multi-jurisdictional investigation that once again teams her with the FBI and federal agent Adam Kyle as they investigate a conspiracy so explosive that someone will kill again and again to protect it. As the killer casts a deadly web of lies, Kendra’s life hangs in the balance, as do the lives of those she holds most dear.
What I liked: I like the books Iris Johansen writes with her son Roy. I've read them all. I couldn't understand why I didn't review the first book in this series, Close Your Eyes. I actually had to go back and read the synopsis and a couple of other reader's reviews to jog my memory. Yeah, that. It didn't stick with me at all. That said, I read Sight Unseen in one day.
The characters have more depth in this story, especially Kendra and Adam. We finally feel like we're getting to know them. I like the idea of an individual being so in tune to everything around them. Kendra doesn't forget she was blind and doesn't discount her other senses. She doesn't buy into sight being more important than her smell for instance.
Adam seemed more "human" and feeling in this second book also. He's still part mystery but where Kendra is concerned, he will go the distance or as he tells her, he has her back. I did figure out the bad guy but that's okay because the way all the clues connected was as much the suspense part as how the killer was always one step ahead of Kendra. It made the story more interesting to see Kendra flounder a bit.
The heat between Kendra and Adam was more pronounced in Sight Unseen. It seemed to totally take Kendra by surprise whereas Adam was more aware but controlling it better. I can't wait until the next in the series to see how their relationship develops.
The ending was pure Johansen. It sets up for the next book very neatly.
What I didn't like: I enjoy all Ms Johansen's novels but they do seem to have a formula approach. Some are better developed than others so the formula doesn't seem as obvious. Sight Unseen is somewhere in the middle. I almost feel like I've met these characters before.
Overall a good solid read and the bad guy is great. If you're on the fence, check it out from the library. If you collect her books, Sight Unseen will be a good addition to your collection.