What Doesn't Kill You
By Iris Johansen
The song, Stronger, had been going through my mind for several days when I chanced to pass a book section and saw What Doesn't Kill You...by Favorite Author Iris Johansen...I grabbed it and threw it on my personal TBR stack until this weekend I took some time for me and picked up this novel. I must say I was expecting an addition to the Eve Duncan series. Wow! I was surprised to be reading a totally new, I hope, series! The characters had been in the latest Trilogy but this novel is clearly a "Catherine Ling" showcase and I have to say that I loved her! Let's just say, you'll know the meaning when I say "kick-ass" when you meet Catherine...
A piece of information about a robbery at a local apothecary had led Catherine to the shop, thinking to sell that information to the owner. Instead, she was too late and she caught the individuals right in the middle. Without thinking, she stopped them, thus saving Hu Chang, although he later showed her how he'd plan to save himself.
She was in her teens at that time and a bond was forged, as they both left town and stayed at Hu Chang's laboratory. When he discovered she hadn't the talent to learn about drugs, and she continued to talk about selling information, he sent her to Venable in the CIA, who mentored her after having purchased information of value to him.
But the closeness continued for Catherine and Hu Chang, who had offered his theory that they may have been connected in some way in a previous life. For Catherine, he was as close to a father than she'd ever had.
Now, Hu Chang's experiments had gotten him in trouble. Not only had he created a potion that would bring about death, he had tested it and now one of the most ruthless men alive--called Lucifer by Hu Chang--was after it, and already had a target for using it!
I think by now you all know that I'm a sucker for great characters and all the major characters are fantastic! They are unique, play their respective roles perfectly and the dialogue blends superbly with those characters. I'm thoroughly impressed and hope that Johansen decides to run a concurrent series for Catherine, et.al., while still having them appear occasionally in Eve Duncan's life!
This book indeed places many people in danger that could result in death--including Catherine's son, who had already gone through a brutal kidnapping, and a candidate for the U.S. presidency.
"Gallo" who is quite open about seducing Catherine becomes jealous of Hu Chang's relationship, and vice versa, which makes an interesting bit of side play between the two with Catherine trying to get them to play nice--somewhat...
Action-packed, but still taking time to share about the characters kept me engrossed up to the final page! I know you will enjoy it as well! Iris Johansen Rocks!
Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run, and many more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.
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