Out of nowhere, or so she believes, a man by the name of Andre Mandak appears. He kills her pursuers—but that’s not nearly enough for Teresa to trust him. It is his promise to get her into Witness Protection, along with his mind-blowing ability to help her control her gift before it consumes her, that convinces Teresa Casali to become Allie Girard. Living a normal life with a new family, she shuts the door to the past …although Mandak is clear: when the time is right, he too will benefit from her powers.
For years Allie flourishes …until the day her cover is blown and the truth comes tumbling out. Once again she is on the run, with her own life and those of her loved ones at stake. But this time she will not be a pawn. This time she will use her finely honed gift to end the threat that began with her family’s betrayal. From perfect target to perfect witness, Allie Girard is ready to take on the past even if it kills her.
What I liked: Ms Johansen is on my auto buy list and one of the few authors I collect in hardcover. I can always count on her to keep me completely entertained for the duration of the book. Some may say her books are formulaic and in a sense they are, however, it doesn't make me enjoy them any less.
Teresa/Allie is a great character. Ms Johansen's females are always strong, with a hint of vulnerability but overcoming all odds to fight for what they want. She may take them through some twists to get her heroine where she wants them to go but they get there. Her heroes are tough, accomplished (not only in good ways) and have a driving need to protect. They are mostly honorable but aren't afraid to get dirty when needed.
The Perfect Witness has a great opening and captured me right away and the action just keeps flowing. Some of Ms Johansen's books have a touch of the paranormal where the characters have certain abilities to do "freaky" things. I love the different talents she blends into the characters and the stories. This novel has some returning characters from previous books and I enjoyed catching up with them. There are a few things that you need to suspend your belief system to buy into, but it's fiction and anything is possible.
What I didn't like: I was a bit uncomfortable at first with the age of the heroine and the interactions/feelings with the hero, Mandak. We never get a true age on him but Teresa is only 16 when they first meet. It was implied he was in his middle twenties. However, in true hero fashion, nothing happens even though the attraction is there and Teresa offers.
The Perfect Witness wasn't a top favorite but it was well written and developed as usual by this author. A few times, I questioned how certain things were possible as no explanation was given but just went with it for the enjoyment.
Recommended for romantic suspense and Iris Johansen fans!!!