It all begins with a painting called Guilt. Eve Duncan's daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery. But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ know both the face and the significance behind it. They believe that Jane must die - when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price. But for now they target those close to her, killing without mercy or conscience.
Jane's journey takes her from Paris to Scotland to a cave in the Holy Land, as she fights with all she has to save her life. Even with Eve's help, can she possibly escape before the clock stops ticking?
Eight Days to Live begins with an ancient conspiracy and a shocking betrayal, but will it end with the death of Eve Duncan and the sacrifice of Jane MacGuire? With Eight Days to Live, number-one New York Times best-selling author Iris Johansen delivers a thriller that will chill you to the core.
Investigate another case with Eve Duncan.
©2010 Iris Johansen (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I wasn't sure if this was a comedy at first. It made me laugh out loud at some parts. The fiesty red haired, emerald eyed heroine, the dark and brooding anti-hero's (all secretly in love with the heroine and all Scottish), the bizzare back story, mixed with a few supernatural powers and a bit of religious theme thrown in for good luck. Clich?s galore.
The narration was fine apart from the Scottish accents. It seems all Scots have an upward inflection at the end of everything they say which turns everything into a question. This got very irritating. The lady did a very passable English accent until she said 'tomAto' rather than 'tomato', which is a basic error.
I only got as far as the first download, by which time the comedic value had worn off and, quite frankly, I didn't care if they all got caught and the whole lot of them came to a grizzly end. It would have been a kindness.
Maybe if you were reading this the story wouldn't have seemed so silly and the characters so annoying, but listening to it was not a pleasure, more of a chore.
"It was Ok"
This was not as good as some of her other novels. Also with the narrator being female and there being so many male characters the reading of it seemed a little off. I may have enjoyed reading it more than listening to it.
I have long disliked the females of this series and have zero idea why the men adore them. What keeps me coming back is the men; sexy, dark, interesting, dangerous. My new fave is Seth...unfortunately Jane who asked him to help her keeps telling him to get lost. I wanted to smack her and tell her, "Lady, never heard of gratitude?"
Jane is rude and takes completely after her adopted mother Eve, who continues to put the people she says means "everything" to her, in danger!
Iris--woman CAN be strong and not be bad mannered. They can also possess common sense. Really.
If the text reads, "the ancillary character replied, 'blah, blah, blah', flatly, it should sound flat. Every line of text was spoken as if the climax of the story was NOW.
No. The writing was trite, predictable. I found myself distracted by my gut response of, "really, that is what you would say at this moment?!?" or thinking the protagonist was a not bright, rude, shallow character. And the front of the book says "a forensic thriller" but there was ZERO forensics in the book. Did I mention that I don't like the protagonist.
I was expecting more of a realistic crime story instead of a chase involving a vampire and a protagonist with psychic abilities.
So overacted as to be almost a parody of itself.
The main character. Oh and the Bad Guys were so extreme as to be laughable, or maybe that was the ridiculous voice of narration
"EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE"
Possibly the dumbest book I've ever read!
This book was absolutely terrible, in fact, one of the worst books I have ever consumed, well, partially because it was so bad I just couldn't finish it. Oh, and what the heck is "his(her) lips twisted" What is that and why does the author feel the need to use it almost every other sentence! Absolutely awful writing.
Possibly the worst book I have ever read/listened to... the accents of the characters were strange and the plot was just dumb.
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Why does Jennifer Van Dyck HAVE to use accents??? It is so distracting that I have to rewind and rewind in order to try to keep track of the storyline. It's bad enough she tried a southern accent and failed miserably in "Stalemate." I was so glad to find it absent in "Quicksand." Yet I considered it demeaning when I heard the awful Spanish accent she used for one character in both books. This time, in "Eight Days To Live" I wanted to scream when she attempted a French accent. The Scots accent began to wear on my nerves before the end of the first half.
I bought all these narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck because in the audio samples her voice seemed least objectionable to me. Then all the books in my wish list were on sale, so I bought all of them. I greatly regret that decision. GREATLY. REGRET.
Maybe others won't and don't have the same experience as I am having. If you don't, good for you!! If you do, I feel sorry for both of us!!
By the way, I do not understand why she makes Eve and Jane sound so incredibly mean and hateful. I understand they get upset, but when I read some of this series in paperback I never felt the venom Jennifer Van Dyck puts into her voice come through in Iris Johansen's writings. If I was able to still read books which I can hold in my hands, I would never have attempted to try the audio version of various books I truly enjoyed.
"Another Eve Duncan saga"
Wondering about Jane and Caleb
Hate to wonder. It was better than some
Caleb I think. I like the fire between them
No I do not remember being moved. Maybe the dog.
"A brilliant and stimulating read"
This is a very thought provoking thriller with a comprehensive series of twists.
Very good reading both for emphasis and clarity.
It made me think frequently.
Another excellent read from Audible and its excellent readers.
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