When I saw Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen being billed as an Eve Duncan forensic thriller on the Sony eReader Bookstore site, I bought it immediately. I have read every Eve Duncan book! However, this book is not about Eve Duncan or forensics. Instead, it focuses on Eve’s adopted daughter Jane and her fight to save herself from being sacrificed by a cult worshipping the most well-known traitor of all time: Judas.
The product description reads:
Eve Duncan and her adopted daughter, Jane Macguire, are pitted against the members of a secretive cult who have targeted Jane and have decided that she will be their ultimate sacrifice. In eight days they will come for her. In eight days, what Jane fears the most will become a reality. In eight days, she will die. It all begins with a painting that Jane, an artist, displays in her Parisian gallery. The painting is called “Guilt” and Jane has no idea how or why she painted the portrait of the chilling face. But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ believe that Jane’s blasphemy means she must die. But first. she will lead them to an ancient treasure whose value is beyond price. This elusive treasure, and Jane’s death, are all that they need for their power to come to ultimate fruition. With Eve’s help, can Jane escape before the clock stops ticking?
I think Dan Brown fans would find this book fascinating. It had many similarities to the Davinci Code except that the fanatics of the text were not trying to protect the cult / descendants of Mary but those of Judas. In addition, the book includes some paranormal thrills with the return of Seth Caleb, the vampire (or not) from Blood Games and a new ability for Jane to “dream” things true. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was okay. I didn’t put it down disappointed.