I love Iris Johansen’s stories about Eve Duncan, her family and friends. Your Next Breath engages us in the life of Catherine Ling, a friend of Eve’s, who suddenly finds that former acquaintances are being stalked and killed by someone who wants to see Catherine suffer. As a CIA agent who was recruited practically as a child, Catherine has made a lot of enemies. Which one of them wants to reek revenge on her and those she is close to?
Although Catherine sees herself as a loner she finds as the circle tightens around her, she really has many more people who care about her and are considered targets than she ever imagined. First and foremost is her 12 year old son Luke who was kidnapped when he was two and raised by an evil man who also sought to punish Catherine. Now that she has Luke back, she will do anything in her power to keep him and her friends safe. However, it is no small task and she finds herself all over the world trying to find the vicious murder before he kills those who mean the most to her.
I enjoy the complexity of Johansen’s characters and the “special” gifts some of them have that are almost supernatural and yet fascinating in terms of how she weaves these into her story. Richard Cameron is one of those people with a special gift that he always seems able to use when Catherine needs it most. Will their relationship develop into what Catherine is fighting so hard not to feel? Seth Caleb is another character with “special” talents and his use of these will be important when Jane, Eve’s daughter, is most in need of them, another complex relationship that leaves the reader wondering where it will lead.